「兩周一聚」(十一): 傳統 & 傳統智慧 / Convention & Conventional Wisdom

傳統

「尊師重道」和「尊敬父母」是一般華人的傳統。在學校聽老師的課,老師永遠是對的,學生瘋狂抄筆記是常事。在家裡,無論父母說什麼,子女都不應該頂嘴。「駁嘴駁舌」/「頂撞」父母/「包拗頸」都是「尊敬父母」的子女不應做的事。
但我認為這些「傳統」在我們的新時代新世界是需要更新的。對老師和父母有禮貌是應該的。但孩子們也不應該害怕對老師和父母提問,甚至指出老師和父母的錯誤。我相信,這些良好的學習態度會對孩子將來的學習和工作都有幫助。

Convention

Convention doesn’t need to be old. In fact the conventions for emails, sms, and twitter are new and they can be very confusing to people who are not accustomed to them. For example, lol can mean “Lots of Love” or more likely “Laugh out Loud”. brb can mean “Be Right Back”. ttyl, omg, and many others are all new acronyms. When these acronyms creep into students’ school work, teachers will need to remind students that these kind of acronyms are not part of acceptable “English”. I believe similar problems are happening to some Chinese students in Hong Kong when they write Chinese composition (中文作文) using sms style Chinese short forms.

傳統智慧

中藥,有些人說是中國人幾千年的傳統智慧積累而成的。小時候我多些用中藥,但我成年後就很少用中藥了。因為我認為有時中藥很難知道它是真還是假的。更重要的是,我認為中藥缺乏有乏系統的科學實驗和研究。可幸的是,香港貿易發展局的「國際現代化中醫藥及健康產品展覽會暨會議」等等活動對提升中藥的國際認可是有幫助的。

這裡有一些美國國立衛生研究院(NIH)的中藥/草藥資料供您參考,

亞洲人參(Asian Ginseng)甘菊(Chamomile)松果菊(Echinacea)大蒜(Garlic)生薑(Ginger),綠茶(Green Tea)

Conventional Wisdom

By now, you may realize that I have some reservations in blindly following “convention (傳統)” and “conventional wisdom (傳統智慧)”. Let me conclude this post by talking about some investment conventional wisdom. “Buy Low sell High” (低買高賣) is a conventional wisdom that people often say but practice much less often. What happens a lot more is “Buy High sell Higher” (高買更高賣) when the market is in a general “up trend”. In fact, when the market is generally rising, an “investor” can pick a stock randomly and still end up making some money.

But as the recent financial meltdown has shown us, when people were panicking, they sell first and ask question later. Which is why people ended up buying high and selling lower as they dump their stock to get out. Or keeping and stuck with a formerly high price stock (which may not be a totally bad thing, it depends).

As I try to say indirectly in this post (買賣搖錢樹=投資股票的十個理由), investing in stocks is no different from investing in a partial ownership of a company. And when a well run company’s stock price get severely discounted, it may, after careful study and analysis, be a good opportunity to “Buy Low” in hope of “Sell High” in the future some years down the road.

“Buy low” when everyone is scared is easier said then done but like any investment with a healthy return, it takes time and careful study & analysis. While the stock market may still go lower, the business world will get better one day. As a wise investor once put it “be greedy when others are fearful”. And in the last few months, the investment world had been fearful and shocked beyond believe. Wishing you the ability to make wise investment decision and luck. 祝你有慧眼和好運。

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下期兩周一聚(十二)四月十五日題目:怕 (出題者:hevangel)

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30 Responses to 「兩周一聚」(十一): 傳統 & 傳統智慧 / Convention & Conventional Wisdom

  1. […] (更新:我已經發表我的兩周一聚(十一)文章,您可以參閱這裡。 ) […]

  2. […] 傳統 & 傳統智慧 / Convention & Conventional Wisdom. And now I’ve posted my 傳統 & 傳統智慧 / Convention & Conventional Wisdom […]

  3. Hello there,

    I have just posted my English one. As I insist to have only one every day I split my story into two this time. Yes, a story. Rather weird. I know that. I hope it’s not too far away from your topic (topics?). Thanks millions.

  4. Haricot says:

    Here is mine:

    「兩週一聚 / Bi-weekly Series」: 【傳統与傳統智慧 / Convention & Conventional Wisdom】(上集 / Part 1)

    http://lotusandcedar.blogspot.com/2009/03/bi-weekly-series-convention.html

    Part 2 (to be written in English) will be posted asap !!

  5. Silver says:

    不是說以鑽石死屍為題材麼?師奶讀者太多所以不敢寫了? :P

    Buy low sell high嘛,道理簡單,卻需要無比功力。事實上,任何傳統智慧在海嘯亂世中都是不管用的。你道Warren Buffett有幾個?

  6. kempton says:

    The Man who Loves Everton, Haricot, arthrunz,

    Thanks a lot for playing along. I’ve left comments on your respective blogs.

    Silver,

    > 師奶讀者太多所以不敢寫了?
    No. ha ha. (Inappropriate comments about “kisses” withheld.) ha ha.

    > 不是說以鑽石死屍為題材麼?

    Ha ha, you caught me red-handed. :) Yes, I did “promise” to write about “鑽石死屍”. But you see, sometimes it is the dog that doesn’t bark that you have to be careful of. :) So I seemed to propose modified versions of “傳統 & 傳統智慧 / Convention & Conventional Wisdom”, right? Yes, it appears so based on what I wrote. But what I didn’t write tells something too. I decided against writing about “鑽石死屍” because it is after all the grand opening of 「兩周一聚」blog, and I don’t want to break the 傳統 by talking about “鑽石死屍”. So, yes, there is one dog that didn’t bark, and for a good cause. :)

    > Buy low sell high嘛,道理簡單,卻需要無比功力。
    “無比功力”, absolutely!!! And with a bit of luck at the same time.

    > 事實上,任何傳統智慧在海嘯亂世中都是不管用的。你道Warren Buffett有幾個?

    Ha ha, there is only one Warren. But we can try to learn from him. And it may be less difficult than you think. But it takes time and effort.

    I look forward to yours blog entry.

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  9. hihisimon says:

    寫了 :P

  10. 周游 says:

    我也寫好了。趕出門口,回來再細讀大家的文章。

  11. 肥肥媽媽 says:

    我交功課啦! 唔該晒加燦.

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  12. chilli mom says:

    我交功課啦! 唔該晒加燦.

  13. Haricot says:

    Having completed Part 1 of the article in Chinese, I now have posted Part 2 in English. Here are the highlights and links:

    上集: “…保護「傳統」的人認為沒有過去就不会有將來,否定「傳統智慧」就是欺師滅祖,毀壞數千年積累得來的文化和根源。但主張維新的人卻会指出:『物必自腐,而後蟲生。』有改革才有進步,一個保守丶固步自封的社会是会被時代巨輪壓破而遭受淘汰。 …”
    http://lotusandcedar.blogspot.com/2009/03/bi-weekly-series-convention.html

    Part 2: “… The group may impose their “conventional wisdom” on non-believers or opponents through collusion (e.g. political or monetary instruments), convention (e.g. code of conducts), and/or control (e.g. laws/regulations, military force, revolution) …”
    http://lotusandcedar.blogspot.com/2009/03/bi-weekly-series-convention_30.html

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  16. Nankin says:

    唔記得講原來我老早寫好左 XD

  17. Zero says:

    hmm……highlight:

    Probably we will need some new “terms” in the future.

    只是日換星移,新知識新事物不斷出現,世界也每天在變,傳統也需要與時並進罷。

  18. says:

    不好意思, 我比 Zero 更遲……
    交功課了!

    http://www.chyleung.com/wordpress/archives/1577

  19. kempton says:

    芸 ,

    謝謝您,遲到好過冇到。

  20. kempton says:

    hongkieatlarge,

    Thanks a lot for writing and joining. It is never too late to have fun right?

    Cheers.

  21. chilli mom says:

    “Buy Low sell High” (低買高賣)
    曾經有人著我替她留意留意市況,提佢高果時賣左D股票低果時買返,嚇C我,若然我有 lee 個能力,我就唔會坐係 lee 度啦。

  22. kempton says:

    chilli mom,

    > 曾經有人著我替她留意留意市況,提佢高果時賣左D股票低果時買返,

    Ha ha, don’t we all want to do that (if we can have the power of hindsight)? ha ha.

    > 若然我有 lee 個能力,我就唔會坐係 lee 度啦。

    Absolutely right. :)

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