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Re: The Hollow Man.
mengzhi wrote: "You do things your way and let us do it ours."|
Gladly. Who are "us"? The Party or the people? Get back to me when you have a clear vote from the people what they really want.
mengzhi wrote: "Sweden has a superior living standard. It does not confer any Swede a supremacist attitude to look down on others."
Right. I am not looking down on others. I am looking down on nationalism. I am looking down on certain political systems. I am looking down on stuff that makes people unfree.
And for the record, I am not very proud of my home country, and I rarely identify myself with that or any other country. I am not a nationalist, and I identify myself with ideas, ideas of universality, of freedom, of pluralism, of progress, of peace.
However, even if I ain't proud of my home country, it would -- as I stated earlier -- be foolish to dismiss a country (however small it may be) that has sucessfully povided its citizens with a good basic life.
But you CAN dismiss what people like Saddam Hussein or Kim Il Jong say, because they are not credible. Likewise, a person from Iraq or North Korea CAN be credible, but only by first distancing themselves from their native regime.
An American might say: "God knows our country has made mistakes in the past, and probably will in the future, and it is clear that the course set out by our current president is a failure by all acounts. However, the American ideas are sound, and they will eventually lead to a throne shift and correct things. My mission is to spread the American ideals of freedom, democracy and the pursuit of happiness blah blah blah", and this person will be very credible.
Likewise, a Chinese might say: "Wo guo has had a shaky history for the last centuries, first by encountering the sea faring nations, discovering they had tools we don't, and later by internal schisms that cost us dearly. We still have a long way to go, and as we are progressing further, we will straighten out our shortcomings one by one. However, we believe the Chinese people are blatantly hurt by the Japanese prime minister's yearly sautes to old war heroes, and we would also like the Japanese to heal our wounds from the past atrocities in Nanjing and other places. Don't get me wrong, the Japanese are our friends, and we respect them for their contributions to our mutual welfare; we anticipate further cooperation with the Japanese in order to make a strong and powerful Asia. We might disagree on things, but on the whole we share some common goals."
This would also be credible and considered nuanced. It is the sort of language diplomats and politicians use, and also businessmen. It doesn't hurt people. It clarifies a viewpoint without throwing a cake in the opponent's face. It is well versed.
Taking to the streets, smashing windows of Japanese companies, wrecking Japanese cars, attacking Japanese civilians, on the other hand, is NOT naunced or well versed. It is barbaric, and it just leads to the opposite of what these protesters want.