Good looks and great sound bites


Confucius said: “It’s difficult to survive in an age like ours without the smooth tongue of Priest Tuo and the beauty of Song Chao.”

No matter what times we happen to live in, we tend to believe that they are more venal and corrupt than some golden age in the deep and distant past in which human society functioned perfectly.

The truth is more prosaic, however. Just as Confucius laments the popularity of two ministers of the state of Wei for their “smooth tongue’ and “beauty”, we too criticize our political leaders of today as being lightweight even though we have elected them because they look good and give great sound bites on TV.

Another case of déjà vu all over again.

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