Many of you may have heard the story of the old mother mouse who one day decided to take her two recently-born babies outside for their first expedition out of her well-protected nest. Once in the grass, the mother mouse looked behind her and saw that they were being hunted by a very large cat. She quickly guided her two babies into a small crack in a fence, but to her horror the cat was following and she and her young ones were cornered, with the cat moving in for the kill.
Our present society differs considerably from that of only two generations ago. So much has changed in our world. How people communicate and how they are entertained has altered greatly in only the past thirty years. Everything from modes of transportation, to how we store our food differs from the past. The nature of our work has changed and in some cases the roles of members of the family.
Back in January of this year news reports started appearing regarding possible bans on actors and musicians who openly display their tattoos in Chinese media. Time magazine wrote an article describing how the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China (SAPPRFT) were bringing out new rules for state television.
China, during the Spring and Autumn Period (1045-221 BC), was a turbulent place. While a time of economic and infrastructure development, it was also a time of conflict and intrigue – an era that saw the flowering of Chinese philosophy which sought largely to answer the question of how society and government should be ordered to achieve social harmony and peaceful development.