Worry not Wo Long, I get teary eyed too.....
Well I do not know if I can really express myself properly but it goes....
What I can say about Duke Cao...... He was one of those men who become great through thier talents and the talents of others. Cao started off as a mere military offical in the cavalry and barely, what a decade later, and he is the leading member of the Coalition to bring down the Chacellor. This was because Cao Cao was able to tell if a person has talent, and use it propely. Cao was a great politcial man and oppertunist, because of these skills Cao was able to expand without having to fight, not to say his abilities at war where bad. Lest we forget it was the politiking and the right timing that brought Duke Cao to possess the Emperor! The Duke was great in war too, his brilliant tatical and strategical mind brought down the most powerful man in China at the time, Yuan Shao. Even after the diaster of Chi Bi Duke Cao was able to bounce back, proving to be resilient.
In internal affiars Duke Cao proved to be good too. He chose great domestic officers and as a result the North did well. Though not good engouth to weather the coming storm of the barbarians that came during the Jin.
Duke Cao did a fine job, by my estimation, of setting the foundation for the Empire of Wei during his life. I do not think that Duke Cao is to blame for the fall of his family from power later on. I believe that has more to do with the short lives of the Duke's son, Pi, and grandson, Rui.
Of course no tribute to the Duke would be complete without mentioning his poetry. Though I am not much of a poetry person I do admire the work of Duke Cao and his son Cao Zhi. He was as talented at poetry as he was at war.
The Duke did have his flaws, all men have them. In my estimation I think Duke Cao's biggest flaw was his paranoia, he would sometimes kill people for no reason other then his paranoia.
All in all I admire Duke Cao. He was, I believe, the greatest ruler of his time.
(Question: On Nov. 24th are we going to have Wei Day celebrations? At Empire Divided they celebrate Wu Day.)
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