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A group of slaves will never make a liberal and progressive country; such a country can be made up only of independent-minded and free-thinking people.
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After learning the language and culture of the Chinese people, these Jesuits began to establish contacts with the young intellectuals of the country.
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And lastly, the political revolutions from 1911 to the present time have done more to bring about tremendous social changes everywhere than even the economic and industrial changes and the new schools.
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And revolutions always mean the breakdown of old authority.
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Another important historical factor is the fact that this already very simple religion was further simplified and purified by the early philosophers of ancient China. Our first great philosopher was a founder of naturalism; and our second great philosopher was an agnostic.
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But I wish to point out that it is entirely wrong to say that the Chinese are not religious.
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Confucius was a humanist and an agnostic.
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For all the social changes in China can be traced to their early beginnings in the days when the new tools or vehicles of commerce and locomotion first brought the Chinese people into unavoidable contact with the strange ways and novel goods of the Western peoples.
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Historically, there had been many periods of Chinese Renaissance.
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In such diffused changes of culture two factors are necessary: contact and understanding.
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In the year 1915 a series of trivial incidents led some Chinese students in Cornell University to take up the question of reforming the Chinese language.
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India Conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border.
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It brought about the Opium War of 1840 and the Nanking Treaty which gave Hongkong to England and opened five ports to foreign commerce and residence. It was the first Chinese defeat in war with any European power.
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It is only through contact and comparison that the relative value or worthlessness of the various cultural elements can be clearly and critically seen and understood.
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It is true that the Chinese are not so religious as the Hindus, or even as the Japanese; and they are certainly not so religious as the Christian missionaries desire them to be.
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Life and human society are the chief concern of Confucianism and, through it, the chief concern of the Chinese people.
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My first trip on a steamship was when I was only two years old, but I never rode in a motor car before corning to the United States in 1910, and did not travel in the air until 1928.
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No student of Chinese history can say that the Chinese are incapable of religious experience, even when judged by the standards of medieval Europe or pious India.
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On July 26, 1916, I announced to all my friends in America that from now on I resolved to write no more poems in the classical language, and to begin my experiments in writing poetry in the so-called vulgar tongue of the people.
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On the basis of biological, sociological, and historical knowledge, we should recognize that the individual self is subject to death or decay, but the sum total of individual achievement, for better or worse, lives on in the immortality of The Larger.
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Only when we realize that there is no eternal, unchanging truth or absolute truth can we arouse in ourselves a sense of intellectual responsibility.
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Practically all the prominent leaders of thought in China today are openly agnostics and even atheists.
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Slowly, quietly, but unmistakably, the Chinese Renaissance is becoming a reality.
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The Chinese people, too, went through all kinds of vicissitudes in their religious development.
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The Jesuits had learned that a Christian mission to China could never succeed if it were not in a position to show and convince the Chinese intelligentsia of the superiority of the European culture.
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The Renaissance movement of the last two decades differs from all the early movements in being a fully conscious and studied movement.
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The rise of the dramas in the thirteenth century, and the rise of the great novels in a later period, together with their frank glorification of love and the joys of life, may be called the Third Renaissance.
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What is sacred among one people may be ridiculous in another; and what is despised or rejected by one cultural group, may in a different environment become the cornerstone for a great edifice of strange grandeur and beauty.
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What pessimistic observers have lamented as the collapse of Chinese civilization, is exactly the necessary undermining and erosion without which there could not have been the rejuvenation of an old civilization.
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Within my own life, I read all the beloved novels by lamps of vegetable oil; I saw the Standard Oil invading my own village, I saw gas lamps in the Chinese shops in Shanghai; and I saw their elimination by electric lights.
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