Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Chinese and Catholics and Numbers

"Why do the Chinese love to enumerate things?" asks Steve Sailer, noting the recent publicity surrounding the "seven subversive currents coursing through Chinese society" — The Chinese love counting.

The Three Noes and the Gang of Four are examples from recent history. The Five Confucian Relationships‎ go back a bit further, as do the Three Obediences and Four Virtues. The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path are pre-Chinese. In our tradition, we have the Three Theological Virtues, the Four Sins that Cry to Heaven, the Four Cardinal Virtues, and the Seven Deadly Sins.

Applying Occam's Razor, I would say that Chinese and Catholics "love to enumerate things" simply because it makes them easier for the masses to remember. As one of the masses, it does.

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Blogger Pints in NYC said...

88 Days in Peking, too?

Here's an Irish version of the 12 Daus of Christmas:


August 21, 2013 at 8:03 PM  

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