This porcelain cup could be the metaphor for what's happening in the USA today! 2 powerful persons aiming to catch the moon (a white house with its Oval Office).
In China's history, transitions from one dynasty to another were settled with wars and blood. Having power transferred from father to elder son was almost an improvement! At least the country remained at peace.
Democratic selection of leaders is real progress. It's peaceful and
reflects the will of the people. And if today's choice doesn't play out
as hoped, in 4 four years the people can make a different choice. This
is true for both the left and right (dragon). This also makes accepting defeat easier, and should tamper the enthusiasm of the winners.
What is true about choosing the winning dragon is even truer with high quality tea. Competition and choice continue to expand thanks to the Internet and global travel. Tea drinkers used to choose from 1 or 2 tea shops in their town. Now, a multitude of sellers, bloggers and Internet shops offer an almost infinite choice. And if people are not happy, they can easily let others know about it in forums, on their blogs...
Each order you send me is a vote of confidence for me and this blog. Thank you so much.
I live in Taiwan since 1996 and have been studying tea with Teaparker. He's a worldwide tea expert and author of over 30 tea books. The study of tea isn't just theoretical, but it's also rooted in daily practice. It's a path of continuous improvement. As my brewing technique improves I get access to better teas and better accessories. These things go hand in hand. My blog documents my learning since 2004. And I have set up an online tea boutique with my selection of top quality teas, accessories and tea culture.