Every Wednesday we ask our Brain Game contestants one interesting, thought-provoking or just plain quirky question. Their answers will be published anonymously in Young Post. Then readers vote for their favourite answer. We will eliminate the contestant with the least votes every week until we have a winner. The ultimate Brain Game winner will win a fabulous prize.
Votes close at midnight on Sunday.
To: Chinese History,
I never understood why you were a separate subject in school, since we practically share the same knowledge and facts. But I wanted to remove you as a school subject, so I began gossiping with students, telling them how traditional and useless you are. Yet, they’ve turned their backs on both of us, probably because they realise we’re more or less the same. I feel terribly sorry for what I’ve done, and I hope you’ll forgive me for it.
From: World History
Chinese history and world history are like twins – they both have a good and a bad side. For example, the crossbow is a Chinese invention and so is gunpowder. Without these inventions, we wouldn’t have many of the weapons we have today. So maybe world history would offer its thanks to Chinese history. On the other hand, without these inventions, would the world be more peaceful? Would world history blame Chinese history?
World history should show its heartfelt appreciation to China, one of the world’s earliest civilisations, for its four great inventions. Without paper and printing technology, knowledge could not have been passed on to later generations. Without explosives and compasses, weapons wouldn’t be powerful enough to maintain peace globally, and world exploration would not have been possible. On the other hand, world history may be intrigued by how China’s development seemed to get stuck at a certain point. Was it conceit? Nostalgia? A final reminder: history is there for us to learn from, not to hide from or disguise.
World history and Chinese history have entered the chat
World history: Hey Chinese history, wanna hear a joke? Why were the early days of European history called the Dark Ages?
Chinese history: Why?
World history: Because there were so many knights!
>Here’s another one.
>How was the Roman Empire cut in half?
Chinese history: Um...
World history: With a pair of Caesars! Get it? Remember Julius Caesar?
>OK, one more.
>How did the Vikings send secret messages?
Chinese history: …
World history: By Norse code, LOL!
Chinese history has left the chat
Chinese history: ’Sup bro?
World history: Ugh, I’ve been staying up for weeks to compile all the government responses to this new wave of coronavirus. Lucky you! I still have a couple of classes to teach. What’s more, classes are conducted in different languages, so my brain is so messed up right now.
Chinese history: I’m sorry, bro. The government must have wanted to torture your poor soul. May be I can help you with the Chinese part.
World history: Ayeee, that’s my buddy!
WH: Where are you?
CH: W … What happened, Mum?
WH: Phew! You’re safe. I’m proud because you’ve learned from the past and avoided making the same mistakes in future.
CH: I still have a responsibility to save my other siblings.
WH: *Feeling proud*
CH: If my siblings had collaborated, you wouldn’t be suffering right now. Their behaviour has ended so many lives.
WH: *Quivering * My existence has been so stressful. I don’t know how much longer I can exist if my other children act so egotistically and don’t learn from their past wrongdoings, or other’s mistakes.
WH: Son! UK’s working real hard on tech development. So work hard and catch up!
CH: Dad! Please! My siblings are already asking for my 5G technology. I’m way ahead of them.
WH: Well … do more sport then!
CH: Remember the Beijing Olympics? I won more medals than my brothers!
WH: Okay … .
CH: Dad, I know you’ve been busy with Britain leaving the EU, and America possibly having a new president soon, but I’ve grown up! You should be proud of me!
WH: You’re right, well done! Better update my diary ...