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date: 23 August 2019

Traditional Knowledge (China)  

Source:
Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability
Author(s):
Kirill Ole THOMPSONKirill Ole THOMPSON

Concern for sustainability informed traditional Chinese thought from the eleventh century bce. At first it arose from a desire for dynastic longevity, but later it flowed from the wish for continuity in family and social institutions, frugality and conservation of resources, and harmony with nature via noninterference and letting be. An emphasis on court and imperial power eventually overrode the ideal of sustainability, which ironically led to instability. ...

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