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A campaign for Common Decency & China's Soft Power

Popularity 7Viewed 7515 times 2013-2-19 04:57 |Personal category:China's Soft Power & Common Dece|System category:Life| positive, campaign, ability, wonder



I wonder if each of us will do their share within the limits of our own ability to instill fairness not just on money matters but the common decency in interpersonal transactions.

Common decency promotes goodwill that sends positive energy in the community we lived in.

How nice to see: 

(1) more people giving up their seats in mass transit (bus and train) to the weak and elderly ;

(2) more people putting garbage into the bins, spitting into paper napkins and not onto the streets nor out through the moving bus downwind; 

(3) more fruits and vegetable shoppers refraining from making fingernail marks to test its freshness by leaving unsanitary telltale marks;

(4) step out of the exit path of unloading trains;

(5) refrain from spreading rumours that can hurt other people in the hope of advancing ones carreer;

(6) return lost cell phones and wallets;

(7)  government officials to be pro-active and not wait for stressed out complainants to go naked to be heard, or only act when sleezy torrid sexual pictures are spread thru the internet or wait until someone died and become headline news like the overzealous population police;

(8) do volunteer work to improve conditions in the community;

(9) Our beloved leader Deng Xiao Ping encourage us to strive to be rich whether we are black or white cats. There is no shame in this but more people remember to make sure there is enough food on the table for all. ; 

It took more than 100 years for U.K., USA and many nations to acheived the soft power that they did today as they maintained their commanding heights in world affairs. Once they lose these simple common decency, their society begins to deteriorate. It took Japan about 50 years. Singapore, Hong Kong, and South Korea about 25 years to achieve material and moral wealth. I think China can try to acheive it one person at a time beginning in their own family, neighbors, friends, school, offices, and then the general public. 

China acheiving the remarkable economic miracle in recent memory is encouraging. Maintaining its commanding height is not just ONLY with trade surpluses, nor defensive institution, but with its accompanying education of each individual AND instilling common decency in each individual. China is the only continuing civilization since antiquity. Hopefully its sudden new found material wealth does not lead to its own undoing.

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Reply Report PPsally 2013-2-19 10:13
This will be a huge project. I think China's sociaty has experience a huge change after it opens its door to the world. People are thinking of money, Morality declines.
I wonder what Deng Xiaoping would have done for this matter.
Reply Report huaren2323 2013-2-19 10:28
Hi PPsally.  Deng Xiao Ping gave China the legacy and motivation. Now it is up to each of us the living to try making this a better place as best we can. One day One person at a time.
Reply Report linlinlinlin 2013-2-19 11:15
I totally agree with you.
Reply Report tradervic 2013-2-20 02:20
Funny thing about 'soft power' huaren, it is not exactly a managed or measured item like 'hard power'.  While it is good to attempt to show example in force, it is usually the 'quiet measures' that carry more weight in the eyes of others that may not know you, or think that may understand you.
Reply Report huaren2323 2013-2-20 05:06
Yes Tradervic soft power is qualitative but potent once it is ingrained within our subconscious. In mid-1980s, our Group bought up a large chunk of real estate in the suburbs of Toronto (Richmond Hill). The real estate agent who had the property listing but not the agent that sold these properies made a curious yet embarassing slip during the lighter moments after the transaction and asked whether I was in the restaurant business or laundry business. I did not take offence as I did have business interests in owing TGI Fridays in western USA but the selling agent that brought us the deal did. Well, he would never ever make this remark today. I guess soft power is earned and it took the mass migration of capital and human resources out of Hong Kong in late 1990s and an even more massive migration of Chinese from China recently that made the tipping point. The 2008 Beijing Olympics brought this level of consciousness even more so to the mass population base.
Undeterred the leadership in China strive to overcome this glass ceiling. Their bid to buy Union Oil of California (UNOCAL) in 2005 was shut down by USA congress prompted by the oil lobby of Bush. Seven years later , China then suceeded in buying Nexen in an $ 18Billion purchase deal from Canada, whose ofshore drilling division in the USA was recently endorsed by the same regulators that shut down the previous UNOCAL deal.

Can this be soft power in play?

You tell me...maybe it is just good luck?

I would be pleased if you can share what "quiet measures" that can enhance this desire for excellence.
I believe that USA holds the commanding heights in economy, education, finance, defense,
innovation,food production, and culture that encourage innovation and independent thinking which China can emulate
that it can sustain its amazing economic growth without having to wage war.
Reply Report huaren2323 2013-2-20 05:34
Tradervic...lest I be misunderstood..I like to share another narrative when i was living as an expatriate in Hong Kong from 1986 through 1990. Thrash and chewing gum was everywhere on the streets. Pedestrains does not care so much about the traffic lghts and cross i they feel there were no vehicles that threathens them. During weekends or vacation period the public toilets are filthy and unsanitary. Everyone was out there making money legally and illegally. Even high government officials were implicated. Then some civic minded Groups led the media to promote using the "bin", queuing for your turn, and the ICAC went into action to jail corrupt officials that even the Chief of Police or the HongKong Stock Market Chairman were not immune. Although today Hong Kong is not the ultimate model of morality you can sense there is order and command respect. Mong Kok, Causeway Bay, or Tsim Sha Tsui inspite of heavy density is spotless and orderly TODAY. The MTR (metro train) are also clean and people do give up their seats to the weak and elderly. Drop your cell phone or your wallet, chances are you get it back as I did. Its SOFT POWER attracted many USA, UK, German, Indian, Japanese, Southeast Asians and Chinese to live here.  I would have no problem if my teenage children would stay up through the night in LanKwaiFong or WanChai and come home at the crack of dawn as I know they are safe. This is my experience of SOFT POWER that Hong Kong convey.
Reply Report gooddog 2013-2-20 15:12
China should come up with it own's soft power style and not copying UK or US. These two societies have all the wealth but they lack of compassion and fairness. The last thing China needs is having it people walking around with their nose up on the air and looking down on others.
Reply Report huaren2323 2013-2-20 21:48
You are absolutely right. China have been minding her own business and exportingsilk, procelain, satin, artscrafts for centuries through the middlemen Arabs, Indians, Venetians in Her own particular ways. Her soft power then was so immense that all europeans sought to have a seaward way through the Atlantic to reach China thus circumventing these middlemen..The rest is history
Reply Report jummocht 2013-2-23 16:42
This is good for all of the world
Reply Report minicbaby 2013-2-23 19:37
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Reply Report huaren2323 2013-2-23 20:58
My apology Minic I refrain from contacts of personal nature. I am glad you find my article of interest. Have a good day.

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