Dear Zhou Gong

Dear Zhou Gong

perhaps it is useless to write. Perhaps you can’t hear me any more. After all, you did live…. how many thousands of years ago was it?

Would it be better if I just threw the yarrow sticks or the coins, to hear your famous words?

Zhou Gong, everyone knows you here, everyone’s heard of you – they dream you regularly, and consult dream interpretation books that bears your name – what in the heavens would you think of that? But others – perhaps some of the readers here – don’t know you.

Did you know your name has become synonymous with boredom in classrooms? Zhou Gong online, they say, meaning they are dreaming Zhou Gong whilst researching online….

Zhou Gong, you became so famous even Confucius dreamed of you. Regularly, from all accounts. He dreamed of you to ask for advice, no doubt, to follow your guidance and example. Everyone remembers the name of Confucius, but who, outside of China, has heard of you, Uncle Dan?

Zhou Gong, how did you write the commentaries on the hexagram lines? What heavens inspired you to interpret the ba gua? How did you take the illustrious Yi,  the Yi Jing, the I Ching, and make it that of your father and you?

Confucius thought of you as a role-model, Uncle Dan. So that’s good enough for me.

What would you think of the world today? How would you modify your behaviour and thoughts, to deal with this crazy place?

And the pollution, Uncle Dan, what to do about that? 350 on the PM index – “extremely unhealthy” – and we go about our daily business breathing in hazardous air.

Zhou Gong, Confucius said

Extreme is my decay. For a long time, I have not dreamed, as I was wont to do, that I saw the duke of Zhou.

I must be really decayed. I haven’t dreamt of you at all. Ever. Not even when a good-luck thing happened last week. A very good luck thing, some extreme good fortune. They say that we should dream of you, Zhou Gong, before the good luck happens… but I didn’t….are you still there, watching over us all?

Would you mind so much to listen, if I talk? I know its been a long time…. 3000 odd years.. since you walked this Earth, but we need you know, Zhou Gong, we really do….

Confucius’ quote taken from the Chinese Text Project, the Analects of Confucius

子曰:「甚矣吾衰也!久矣吾不復夢見周公

The Master said, “Extreme is my decay. For a long time, I have not dreamed, as I was wont to do, that I saw the duke of Zhou.”