there are many wonderful taiwanese people that i have been blessed to know, of many social strata. that's why i hesitate to write about taiwan's ming nan speaking blue collar people, some of whom call themselves "tai ke".
first of all, i admire the fact that they are a freedom loving people. they also take no crap from anybody, even the government. they are fun loving, and free spirited, perhaps because of their rejection of the mainland imported confuciansim of the school system.
but my admiration is tempered by the fact that i deal with their negative side everyday.
i have seen more stupidity in rural taiwan, more violence, more disrespect of others, more pollution (both noise and material) and more rudeness, and more dishonesty than any place i have ever been on this planet.
this blame i put firmly on TAOISM! it is an evil religion.there i said it!
folk taoism has made the rural taiwanese stupid beyond compare. i regularly see them doing stupid things that defy discription. that would be ok if i saw such maybe once or twice a year. in fact in the States, i almost never see people doing like them. but in taiwan i see stupidity 20,maybe 30 times a day!
also while driving in the US, i might meet a road jerk maybe once a year, but in rural taiwan, maybe 10 times a day.
why are so many (not all but TOO MANY) rural taiwanese so selfish and ignorant?
i beleive it's because their brain is full of garbage from taoism. they are so busy with the requirements of taoism that they cannot use their minds in a reasonable manner.
take for instance the idea of burning incense. the meaning of using 3 sticks of incense is "respect heaven, respect earth, respect man".
yet, how is burning tons of paper into the air respecting the earth? how is leaving your firecracker wrappings respecting the earth?
respect for man? how is spitting your betel nuts on the road respect for man? how is playing your stupid karaoke at top volume respect for man? how are your endless loud parades respect for others? and your loud talking, your agressive, selfish driving, your littering of every highway with your betel nut cups? is that respect for earth or man?
respect for heaven? the only thing folk taoism teaches is respect for the dead. the dead are more important than the living. in fact, if one were to follow the farmer's almanac to the letter, his/her time would be CONSUMED with dealing with the dead, as well as not being able to make decisions for themelves. but even such respect for the dead is for the reason that "i must help them so they'll help me". again a selfish reason.
and finally taoism teaches a sell your soul to satan form of mentality, ie " just pray to me, and i will give you fortune. you don't have to be good, you can even be a criminal. no requirement here other than you burn incense to me".
selfish evil religions make selfish evil people. just like radical islam, fanatical taoism is just as dangerous.