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I believe many Chinese don't fear the goverment because the government is the way it is - they fear it because of their own limiting believe. Chinese people tend to think "they want to controll us", "we can't change anything by talking", "we must resisit, I won't leave my appartment unless they pay me more" and so on. I never had reason to fear the government - if I don't like something the government is doing, I gather people and companies who also don't like it and then negotiate a better solution with the government. This works in Europe, this works very well in the US and it also works in China. |
Government officials usually don't want to harm their people - they want to have the best solution for everyone and are always happy if they get an opportunity to improve their solution.
However, many people go to the government thinking that the government wants to harm them. For instance, the government resists to let someone move back to countryside - then the conversation usually works out like this:
Citizen: "I want to move back to countryside, give me back my farmer hukou!"
Official: "I can't do that so easily..."
Citizen: "You government guys always annoy us, I am paying taxes, do you work, you have to serve the people!"
Official: "I am serving the people as good as I can! I do my job well! There are still many people waiting in the line and they have to wait because of you!"
Citizen: curses back...
and so on.
The citizen walks out thinking "Those government guys are really annoying, I won't pay taxes, stupid government..." and the official has a bad mood and treats the next citizen equally impatient.
If the citizen would have tried to understand the laws and regulation to work out a solution to provide the needed documents to the official, things would have worked out much better for both parties. But because the citizen believes that the government is bad anyway, he acts accordingly and is confirmed in his belief.
So better stay friendly when interacting with people - that's better for both parties. And usually, government workers can't change the law anyway - it's not their fault if something isn't possible, so don't blame them and rather work around it.