Notes from the field: a sultry air hanging over the Four Beasts

sultry air

My last weekend in Taipei for a while, assuming of course that Embedded World 2020, Work Truck Show 2020, and CONEXPO-CON/AGG go ahead as planned.

There was a sultry air hanging over the Four Beasts this morning, almost as if spring had passed by in the blink of an eye and summer had arrived. For the first time, I was able to capture a close-up of a butterfly along a hillside trail. A symbol of hope for the future perhaps. Or more likely just a lucky break.

sultry air

I’ve completed my review of Book 6 of the Analects. You can find the links to all the articles I’ve posted here. My next goal is to finish my review of Book 7 by the end of the month. In this the spotlight switches to Confucius himself rather than his opinions of others. It gives us fleeting glimpses into his motivations, teaching style, and daily habits.

What interests me most is the sheer scale and ambition of his vision of restoring the golden days of Zhou dynasty culture to the benighted age he lived in. It’s jaw-dropping to think that a young man from such a humble family background could have even considered that this would be possible through the power of ideas alone without the need to resort to military force. Or that he himself had what it took to pull it off despite not having the right family background and connections. Talk about self-confidence.

If you’re interested in learning more about our (more modest) vision at VIA, you should check out the latest video that we have posted in our VIA New Year 2020 Interviews series. This features Tiziano Albani, our European Sales and Business Development Manager talking about our strategy for the vehicle safety market and the potential impact of rapid technological change on the continental automotive market.

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