It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near them.J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
In the past, I talked and wrote often of my association with the Asian Dragon Society. The fictional stories came from their heritage spun out of the Three Kingdoms period of China and brought to full life during the grand exodus after the usurper Ching Empress was deposed by the Nationalists in 1912 who were in turn deposed by the communists. That exodus, which established colonies in Europe, Australia, America, and South America, forged a secret society that hides in plain sight. It is from the Dragon Sisters, I drew my strength as a Dragon brother and later a Dragon Master. I started as a Praetorian Guard to the Dragon Empress of Reason and evolved through study and practice to mastery.
The Society is benevolent, focusing on the true pillars of a just society; art, music, literature, metaphysical philosophy based on practicality, architecture, mathematics, civil responsibility, and science. You will see them often and can only tell them apart from other Asians by mastery of their trade and martial discipline. Non-Dragons often mistake their silence, dignity, and grace for submissive or weak behavior.
The difference most remarkable is the Society of Dragons do not force their views on an unbelieving population. There is no need to waste energy on that. Instead, they support each other unfailingly, work silently and resolutely to be the example of noble purpose, an example their children follow.
In this centuries long campaign, The Dragons know they can only save themselves from the trajectory of doom humankind has set for itself. They have worked tirelessly, and when they appear to be extinct, they will have achieved their noble purpose. At over 100 million strong world wide, they plan to survive and carry the seeds of true humanity and divinity with them. They are an ocean tide, the shores of discordant peoples cannot stop.
If you have never heard of them or seen them, talked with them, their mandate to hide in plain sight has achieved its purpose. But don’t despair my dear readers, you have not heard the last of the Dragons yet, nor of their good deeds. When you listen closely to popular chants of hate and violence or the voice against them, if you listen closely, you’ll hear a child playing a violin with mastery down the street from the hateful speech. You’ll see articles in the back pages of news, hidden behind Trump Butt-hurt, of a child receiving an honor impossible among his or her classmates. That is the Dragon’s roar.
In my enclave, Dragon Sisters tell their children, “An American A+ is a Dragons’ F-.” Noble purpose, like noble achievement, is not for those steeped in mediocrity or those who cry loudly and hold out their hand for some mysterious stranger or government to pay for their inability to see inside of themselves the power of self.
Recently a 68 yer old Dragon Master, whom I know personally, was attacked in his small sandwich shop that fed working class people with good food and low prices. The three men were career gang members out on bail for previous crimes of violence. The Dragon Brother killed two and permanently disabled the third with bare hands. He would have given them all they wanted but they threatened his grand daughter with unspeakable acts as a reward for his compliance. His grand daughter is a straight A student, concert pianist, and member of the Dragon Traditional Drum team. He could not allow her to be wasted by these men. He is mournful of his actions seeing his defense as a shameful act. His grand daughter goes to college soon having achieved a perfect score on her college entrance exam. The three thieves are no longer a threat to her or anyone.
No one could figure out how this 68 year old man, small in stature could manage what he did. It was the Dragon’s Roar and it was heard by many. Sadly, it is this difference in ability, this high achievement in all areas of society that is ultimately making the Dragons a target of hate and misinformation.
Like the image I used for this post, there is judgement predicated on ignorance, laziness, and prejudice. There is jealousy, resentment, and fundamental beliefs challenged by a presence misunderstood and so the need to remain hidden with only the interaction with carefully selected and worthy individuals. It is the only society that remains the same after more than 2000 years of change. We have a saying, be strong like water, be flexible like bamboo, be silent and hidden like the tiger. Sit down for tea and be welcomed. Attack and be destroyed. Such is the way of the Dragon.