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i agree with the following excerpt that china lacks certain dominate ideology, except money-oriented idea. it seems that people in china only care about money. who's rich, who's powerful, who's successful. we don't believe in religions, we don't believe in communism and we don't believe in traditional chinese moral. what have been left for chinese and our next generation? |
In terms of ideas or ideology, the Chinese are probably more confused than anyone else in the world. During the Cultural Revolution, many Chinese traditions, including Confucianism, were destroyed. Communism has proved to be disastrous, and no one believes in it anymore. In today’s China where money is king, people have become disillusioned with any notion of ideals. There has been serious moral decay in society.
In recent years, the Chinese government has called for building “a harmonious society.” Harmony is a virtuous concept deeply rooted in Chinese culture and the Confucian tradition. It could become a new ideology for China. However, it has been overly used in propaganda and has become a cliche rather than a meaningful ideal.
The United States remains a country that stands for the universal ideals that people around the world aspire to--liberty and democracy. Unlike Americans, who have a clear message for the world, the Chinese do not have a vision for themselves, let alone to influence the world. I have talked to Chinese officials, scholars, businesspeople and students. None of them see China as a superpower. In contrast, many of them look up to the United States as a model and admire the “American way of life.”