Everything moves in cycles. The earth. The
heavens. Life . . . into death into life into death. Even our leaders
move in cycles. Some people look at our new emperor and they say, "He's
new! Everything in China will be better now!" But I know different.
Remember the emperor before this one? How about the one before that? They all rise the same. They all fall the same. Here, I'll show you .
begin with an emperor. A new, promising emperor that will come in and
change everything. A dynasty
is a country's line of rulers chosen
because of their family ties. We have a new emperor now. He is going
to come in and make great changes in China. He will fix the schools.
He will give more work for the farmers. He will stop all wars. All
bow before our emperor. May he be great forever . . . or not.
you ask most people in China, we do not choose our emperor. Neither
does the weather. Neither do other countries. The Mandate of Heaven
the idea that heaven selected Chinese emperors based on who would rule
most fairly. The bright and silvery clouds look down upon all of man,
they find which one behaves the best, and they shine most brightly on
him. Everyone around him sees this, and they put him in the throne. If
you look closely though, other things are work besides heaven . . .
could this new leader go wrong? He was chosen by heaven itself! He
builds new roads! He helps the schools! Trade booms. People's bellies
fill. A claim
is the rightful ownership over something, like the
throne. There is nothing but peace . . . until . . . the new emperor
proves to be more like a man than we had hoped.
an emperor believes he is chosen by heaven, he will start to believe
that he can do no wrong. He eats and drinks what he wants and however
long he wants. He taxes the people to keep up with his rich lifestyle. Outsiders attack. Corruption
is when people in power are not honest. It most often means using money to get more power.
Heaven isn't a place that can be changed by money, I don't believe.
Man can be changed by money. But man can also be thrown out by us and
replaced with a new one . . .
moves in a cycle. Dynasties are a time of one family of rulers. They
rise and they fall and they are all the same. A new leader comes to
power because the people believe he was chosen by heaven, that he is the
Mandate of Heaven. He claims the throne and believes he belongs there,
and soon he grows corrupt, stealing money to get even more power. The
people become unhappy and they rise up and choose a new leader who seems
to shine with the silver of clouds. It is the same. Here's the new
ruler, same as the old ruler. It's sad. Almost as sad as when the
people revolt and overthrow an emperor because of an earthquake that
wasn't his fault. But that is another story. References:
Mirror of the Past. "Dynasties of China" weebly.com, 2013. <http://mirrorofthepast.weebly.com/dynasties-of-china.html
Vietnam. "Dynasties" weebly.com, 2013.