Published on January 4th, 2013 | by msalt0
Fighting totalitarianism — with humor
How do you oppose a repressive government backed by a massive army and police force, high-tech savvy including complete control of the Internet, and the world’s second largest and fastest growing economy? With humor. (Head-on attacks are absurd.) Nick Kristof explains Ai Wei-Wei’s method in the New York Times.
This illustrates my second American Koan:
How to fight against a much stronger opponent:
A drunk walks out of a bar, and a fly lands on his nose.
He tries to smash it and bloodies his own face.
One trick is flying away just before you get crushed.
The other is, knowing when your opponent is drunk.