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What Does It Mean To Have A 5000-Year Old Civilization?

Popularity 1Viewed 1936 times 2016-7-31 13:13 |System category:News| 5000-year, old, civilization

China claims to have a civilization of 5000 years old; well and good, few would dispute that.  However, that claim stands out in stark contrast with the social behavior of its people, a behavior which is anything but civilized!  Many foreigners have personal encounters with their behavior as well as seen it played out on national television. 

The Chinese don't obey their nation's laws, rules and regulations, be it tarffic laws, pollution laws, food safety laws, etc.  For instance, they drive through red lights, drive against the flow of traffic, park in 'No Parking' places.  Pedestrians dash across the road against the red ight; some even climb over the central road barrier for a short cut instead of using the light crosssing, or the nearby overhead pedestrian bridges!
They spit and litter, and toilet-train their children to urinate and defecate on pavements and walkways, in parks, and even on shopping mall corridors!
The Chinese tourists behave so badly both at home and abroad that the Government was forced to enact a draconian 'blacklisting law' to deprive offenders of their civil rights!  And all this despite the daily reminders on national television to behave better!
And, horrors, they even take the law into their own hands; when unhappy with any service, they beat up the service providers, including doctors and nurses, resulting in horrendous injuries and sometimes death; they beat up airline staff on the ground and in mid-air; and even traffic policemen when they are caught with traffic infringements, often driving off with policemen clinging to the bonnets of their cars for dear life; very often the policmen fall off, badly injuring themselves and sometimes dying of their injuries!
So, how are foreigners, who have never been exposed to such barbaric behavior back home, supposed to make of the behavior of the people of this great nation with a 5000-year old civilization?
Readers' comments are most welcomed; hopefully they could shed some light on this most perplexing conundrum, " Why do a people with a 5000-year old civilization behave in such an uncivilized manner?

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)


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Reply Report Liononthehunt 2017-4-18 18:54
Hi, Pnp, I think you have raised a very interesting point, though utterly misleading it is.
Have you ever been to India, Egypt or even Italy, all of which have a long history of civilization like China does? The so-called uncivilized behaviors you witnessed in China are rife in those countries also.
My opinion is that in general, the more a country is developed economically, in other words, the more industrialized a country is, the less uncivilized behaviors you will see on the street.

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