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A question for Feng Shui enthusiasts

February 3, 2009

I have a question for the feng shui experts.

Why is it that wealth and power are concentrated in countries whose people don’t care for feng shui while most of the suffering comes from countries whose people swear by it?

Yes I’m talking about West versus East.

Without any appreciation for qi, the theory of elements, eclipses and auspicious dates, the gwai lohs (white man) have gone on to control the most powerful corporations on earth. We spend our money buying their fashion, watching their movies, eating their medicine, listening to their music, using their software, and buying things they invent. They command the most powerful military on the planet.

Now I doubt if Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and Rupert Murdoch change the entrance direction to their homes or relocate their bedroom direction every lunar new year so how come we who painstakingly do that, who wear auspicious cow-shit hats on New Year’s day to attract Ox-year luck (see pic below), end up being servants of these people who have never heard of Sheng Qi or Sha Qi?

Wear a cow poop hat to absorb the goodness of the Year of the Ox. Pic borrowed from

Want to absorb the goodness of the Year of the Ox? Wear a cow poop hat! Pic borrowed from

The gwai lohs never wore a cow-shit hat but how come they’re getting all the money?

Is it because all gwai lohs are somehow born on an auspicious date that automatically makes them have have nice features and a bountiful life, whether they like it or not?

Some argue that China and Singapore are nations that succeed precisely because of feng shui.

Well… I dunno.

Despite all the feng shui in the Forbidden City, its occupants – the emperors of China – never had a good life. The imperial households were always “exciting,” pockmarked with scandal and treachery. The emperors killed millions of their own people, had major civil unrest issues and eventually got run over by the Brits, French, Portugese and Japanese. Even today, with all its reverence to auspiciousness, China still can’t avoid creating enemies (US, Taiwan, etc) and attracting legal problems (melamine scandals, toxic toy scandals, counterfeiting, etc).

Yes, today China is booming and like I said, many like to attribute it to good feng shui while conveniently sidestepping the centuries of suffering before it when feng shui was in fact a more powerful influence in everyday life.

Singapore too is in a recession despite all the rumors about its national policies being feng shui reinforced, like the design of its coins. For all its sucesses, Sg is nowhere near Switzerland, Germany or Sweden in global significance. A case of Swiss feng shui being better than Chinese feng shui?

Some say that if not for feng shui, things would’ve been a lot worse for Singapore and China.

Even if it was possible to prove such a thing (and I don’t think it is), it still doesn’t answer my original question: Why is it that wealth and power are concentrated in countries whose people don’t care for feng shui while most of the suffering comes from countries whose people swear by it?


5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 3, 2009 9:18 am

    Hehe good point πŸ™‚ I guess the feng shui expert would just say it was either astrological factors (though that’s not really feng shui) or it was due to China etc. not doing it properly… They say that proper feng shui can only lay the right foundations for success, not guarantee it.

    Well, feng shui is getting more popular in the West and now China and Asia are getting stronger – maybe it should be dropped altogether? πŸ˜‰

    Feng Shui practitioners like to say that if you renovate the wrong part of the house, it will guarantee failure. If they can guarantee failure, then wouldn’t it follow that they can guarantee success. Faith seems to be a very important part of feng shui.

  2. February 3, 2009 9:24 am

    Feng shui ‘experts’ are just glorified conmen cashing on the gullible and superstitious men and women of the world. They allowed themselves to believe such nonsense so they can’t blame anybody when things go wrong even if they followed all those feng shui shit. Enough said.

    I thought its a brilliant business strategy to get credit for your product if it works and not be faulted if it doesn’t. People need hope to live and astrology fits nicely into the picture.

  3. February 3, 2009 9:52 am

    Hmm maybe the guai lous also practice Feng Shui? πŸ˜› For sure companies like Lehman Brothers, Citigroup and AIG din. πŸ˜›

    Maybe its called reverse feng shui, haha. πŸ™‚

  4. LC Teh permalink
    February 3, 2009 8:50 pm

    Heh heh… that was like when Bruce Lee took a shot at the solar plexus of the traditional kung fu masters.

    Some traditional stuff like acupuncture and medicines have clear and provable benefits but I’m still trying to figure out this feng shui stuff. I guess faith is faith wherever you go.

  5. memouth permalink
    April 27, 2009 10:12 pm

    Agree 100%. I’m a “gwai loh”, my wife is Chinese, and I try to tell her it doesn’t make any difference if you follow fung shui or not. She equates fs with luck and bad luck. I try to tell her you create your own luck. It’s a superstition! I hate it (the superstition part)! In some ways, (being organized and clean, feeling comfortable in your environment) fund shui is good, but it’s not going to bring you wealth. YOU create your own wealth! (Can you tell I am frustrated?) She blames normal everyday events that aren’t positive on bad fung shui– bad luck. Now we have to move because our place suddenly has “bad fung shui.” Most people would be very happy to be in our situation. Help!

    Do what I do. Break the biggest feng shui rule you can find and say, “See? How come we’re still standing here?” Btw, one of the worst things one can do according to feng shui rules is to look at a solar eclipse. It is guaranteed to bring you 30 years of bad luck, I’m told. My astronomy professor in college has been studying eclipses (yes he looks at them) since god knows when. He’s won awards, has a great family and is materially comfortable. In fact he’s doing much better than some people I know whose houses are heavily fortified with feng shui!

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