12 July 2016
Thick Face, Black Heart Theory for Success
Birth: The foundation of all life experiences for all limited, finite creatures; for man, the springboard from which destiny and purpose unfolds. Yet, man’s very existence is the effect of extraneous forces which transcend his power to manipulate. A malleable “victim” of “fate” at infancy, his core world views inevitably are the product of external shaping. For good, or ill, parents, guardians, culture and society each contribute to the establishment of a man’s elementary belief system, and character make-up. Ultimately, however poorly, or adequately equipped, it is incumbent upon each to face the task of chartering the course of life.
Indeed, life must be faced, and the author of, Thick Face, Black Heart, Chin-Ying Chu, weaves a purposeful approach for victoriously facing life’s challenges synthesizing the work of Lee Zong Wu, The Thick Black Theory, which focuses on the “must have” qualities to possess in order to achieve success in business, society, or politics.
Lee, a disgruntled politician in his time, was convinced that the most successful individual, and “heroes,” became such, because they were ruthless, and hypocritical. He describes “Black Heart” as the tool, or “weapon,” by which the will is imposed upon others. Meanwhile, “Thick Face” represents the concealment of the will from others; it acts as the “shield,” preserving one from the criticism of others; including, oneself. Interestingly, Americans often refer to this trait as having a “thick skin.”
Chu, significantly influenced by Lee’s work, and after several failed attempts, at last perfected her own slant on the Asian “warrior” philosophy. Her finished work, Thick Face, Black Heart, consciously, or not, is heavily laced with religious philosophical Eclecticism and makes no attempt to resolve contradictions between parent doctrinal systems. There is much in her work that mimics a Panentheistic Anthropological religious...