Nothing and no one can destroy the Chinese people. They are relentless survivors. They are the oldest civilized people on earth. Their civilization passes through phases but its basic characteristics remain the same. They yield, they bend to the wind, but they never break.
Pearl S. Buck

If you bow at all, bow low.
Chinese Proverb

Entropy Gradient Reversals

RageBoy recently received an invitation from China. The circumstances surrounding how this came about are rich and complex (he tells us) and he is currently engaged in a great work (he says) compiling and detailing all the particulars. However, he has stipulated in his will that these documents not be given to the world until after his death, and even then, there is a strange clause -- we have seen his will -- about how they can only be "released by immolation" atop Mt. Pulog in the Cordillera Central of Luzon. He appears to be hugely enthused by this project and there is a new glow about him, but he refuses to say anything on the subject except that the Ministry of Culture has invited him to speak about the Internet at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing.

How he accomplished this we will never know. The lad has resources that continue to amaze us. However, while he's being very cagey about the invitation itself, he has agreed to allow EGR to publish the surprisingly brief talk he plans to give, and we therefore reproduce the current draft in its entirety below. Certain parts of it make us think RB wrote this with no prior knowledge of China, its history, its present government or its people. It certainly would not be the first time he has refused to allow deep ignorance to prevent him from making sweeping proclamations and predictions. So, for what it's worth, we present:

China Rising

People of China...

Your country holds a great and priceless treasure, a jewel of immense worth and unspeakable beauty. But in the manner of your ancient sages, that is not what I have come here to talk to you about today.

At the very beginning, I want to say that there are many similarities between our governments: