Update: A Tale Of Two Speeches

Xi Jingping delivered his keynote speech at Davos today. He began with a paraphrase from the start of Charles Dickens’ novel, A Tale Of Two Cities:

“This is the best of times. This is also the worst of times …” thus he began his keynote address to the annual assembly of the World Economic Forum. (I will get you a link to the full speech in English later.)

A full quote of Dickens’ first paragraph of the novel seems poignant for present reflection:

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

In four days’ time, one of our noisiest authorities will make the other speech, in Washington. It will likely pose a superlative degree of comparison to the one Xi just gave, and begin A Tale Of Two Speeches …

-doublewood

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