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Stupidity and Self-interest drive history  

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Stupidity and Self-interest drive history - Tony Wong - MapleRipples
 

More often than not, I can't express myself when I see how stupid and selfish people are. That kind of stupidity and selfishness are absolutely hopeless. Intelligent people have two kinds, the first kind takes despicable advantage of nomal people's gullibility, the other kind is just like a fly trapped under a glass ceiling-- it sees everything through, but the ceiling can never be broken.

 

After 30 years of opening up to the rest of the world, China has become the 2nd largest economy and has overtaken Japan in the world stage. But, while the Chinese capitalists have gained enormous wealth and power under the communist umbrella, some people are there trying to use normal people's discontent and trigger their memories. They say, yes, today's China is utterly unfair, and that... we should go back to the good old days, when everybody was treated fairly, when everybody had the right to overthrow the authorities, ... the great cultural revolution. A website was formed with the name 烏有之鄉, literally "the haven of utopia". The website has attracted many eyeballs across the country and its members have participated in several social activities in advocacy of left-wing ideals. I joined one of their interllectuals' lecture and from then on I realized how intelligent they were and how dangerous they were. But, anyway, they brought my mind to the days in the revolution, yes, Mao was the protagonist and Liu was the antagonist, but the red guards were the real actors. Without the crazy support of the red guards, we couldn't imagine how Mao could wield his influence and take back his power. Since there wasn't-- and isn't-- a system which enabled party members to compete for power on a level playing field, Mao couldn't do anything but to fire up the revolution. Now, why did tens of millions of young people, in a young republic, trust an old man without any shred of doubt? And why did they eventually broke up into two factions and fought bloodily between each other? How could Mao manage to do that? I really don't wanna explain things in great detail, not especially for things like the cultral revolution. But the answer is clear, Mao was intelligent, and the mass were stupid and selfish. If the communists had not practice obscurantism and thus folded peoples' eyes and damaged peoples' brains, and if the communists had not blocked any information which they deemed "anti-revolutionary", how couldn't young people think for themselves? If they had thought for themselves, how could they made such stupid decisions? If I say they were boneheads, I'm not lying. But If I say they were blood-thirsty demons, I'm not lying either. Because it was the pure self-interest, the remoseless, unrepentant, shameless drive for self-interest. That was why they killed their childhood friends and slapped in their parents' face. Yes, this is the game between the few clever and the many gullible.

 

The revolution ended 'bout 35 years ago, but nothing has changed in this country, except that there are more tall buildings and more cars. People are still stupid, arrogant, and smug, expect that they stay longer in school; people are still politically, scientifically, and economically illiterate, except that they type faster in computer; people are still animals for self-interests, except that now they've removed the veil and are not anymore ashamed of their very nature. People up high are still happy for they can do whatever they like, and feed on those stupid people forever.

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