“…through laborious centuries…”

Anti-Japan protests sweep China

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/09/17/world/asia/china-japan-islands-dispute/index.html

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How long will such trouble continue to flare up? How long will it take before these old ghosts can finally be laid to rest?

As Tagore had declared with insight then, perhaps only “…through laborious centuries…”:

I speak with utter sorrow for your people; your letter has hurt me to the depths of my being. I know that one day the disillusionment of your people will be complete, and through laborious centuries they will have to clear the debris of their civilisation wrought to ruin by their own warlords run amok. They will realise that the aggressive war on China is insignificant as compared to the destruction of the inner spirit of chivalry of Japan which is proceeding with a ferocious severity.

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You do not realise that you are glorifying your neighbour at your own cost. But these are considerations on another plane: the sorrow remains that Japan, in the words of Madame Chiang Kai-shek which you must have read in the Spectator, is creating so many ghosts. Ghosts of immemorial works of Chinese art, of irreplaceable Chinese institutions, of great peace-loving communities drugged, tortured, and destroyed. “Who will lay the ghosts [to rest]?” she asks.

–Rabindranath Tagore, to Noguchi Yonejiro regarding the Japanese invasion of China in the 1930s

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