Victories Without Violence number 8 at the Progress Report
|January 9, 2007||Posted by Staff under Progress Report, The Progress Report|
Victories Without Violence
Successful Peace Offering
North of the Great Wall lies the land you rule over; south of the Wall are the families which are governed by me and are mine.
Let all peoples live in peace. Let parents and children never be divided. Let us try dismissing our troops, melting down our swords. Let us direct our efforts toward giving rest to the aged; let children grow up to manhood and all be joyous.
Your country lies far north, you will soon be suffering from the cold. I am having silk sent to you, and cotton; rice and wheat. We are now friends; our peoples are glad; you and I are now more than their protectors; we are like the parents of our peoples.
Let us reflect that the sky covers us all equally, the earth makes no distinction in bearing us; we are all one family.
Our wish is, that the world should be at peace forever. Thus would the fish swim more tanquilly, the birds fly more freely; while the insects would hum their gladness in the heart of the woods.
- — letter of the Emperor Wen-ti (born about 196 B.C.E.) to the chief of the Hiong-nou of the North, who had broken their treaty with him and invaded..