Qing General Zeng Guofan on Precursors to Social Chaos

Golly I hope he wasn’t talking about the USA these days!

I assume he must have had the Taiping Rebellion in mind.
The famed Qing statesman, scholar and general Zeng Guofan  曾国藩 (died 1871) talking about the three necessary precursors of great social chaos. 
1) No matter what the matter is, people can’t tell the difference between black and white.
2) Good people get ever more humble and polite; useless people get ever more outspoken and bold.
3) When problems become very serious, people rationalize and normalize them, everything is just tacitly accepted. Insincere responses without rhyme or reason are given to every issue.
曾国藩 quote on social chaos

About 高大伟 David Cowhig

Worked 25 years as a US State Department Foreign Service Officer including ten years at US Embassy Beijing and US Consulate General Chengdu and four years as a China Analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Before State I translated Japanese and Chinese scientific and technical books and articles into English freelance for six years. Before that I taught English at Tunghai University in Taiwan for three years. And before that I worked two summers on Norwegian farms, milking cows and feeding chickens.
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