Beyond the Wings, May 2022

Though I’m still not the world’s greatest outdoorsman, the Four Peaks Challenge loomed large over the middle of this month. My exercise routine is now back to normal, but it left me semi-mobile for several days afterwards.

Output

This month I have uploaded a new Chinese song

And the demo of a new English song,

which will be on my next album.

This month’s miscellaneous cover was ‘By the Sea’ from Suede’s 1996 album ‘Coming Up’

Activities

Alas, being away for the Four Peaks Challenge caused me to lose some business, but I am doing a lot to get it back up, including employing a professional marketing agent and giving free online lessons:

Also, since this year was meant to be a prolific one for writing non-fiction, I wrote this essay about Tom Lehrer and forgot to mention it before.

Wider World

China is not a country that I am always proud to be associated with. Every Westerner I know sometimes complains about their government, but with a free press, we are able to be quite knowledgeable about what type of people our leaders are.

This month the BBC obtained data detailing China’s monstrous treatment of its Uyghur minority. In 2020, China’s ambassador to the UK denied the abuses with Donald Trump levels of immaturity.

The economic miracle has facilitated a rise in Han Chauvinism, and a nationalism which I find positively revolting. When people are so convinced that they are right, they end up behaving in ways that are utterly wrong. I am reminded of a quote from Jacob Bronowski, one of the great intellectuals of the twentieth century:

This is where people were turned into numbers. Into this pond were flushed the ashes of some four million people. And that was not done by gas. It was done by arrogance, it was done by dogma, it was done by ignorance. When people believe that they have absolute knowledge, with no test in reality, this is how they behave. This is what men do when they aspire to the knowledge of gods.

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