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Communism Itself Is Evil
There is nothing evil save that which perverts the mind and shackles the conscience. --- St. Ambrose
最邪恶的就是那些败坏扭曲我们的头脑，奴役禁锢我们良知的理念。 --- St. Ambrose
Too often I have heard people, mainly from the American left, that communism the ideology is good or intended to do good, it is only people who used communism for their own ambitions are bad and corrupt. Many Chinese also claim that Confucianism is good, only the people who have practiced it are not pure enough to carry it through, or they have never entirely implemented Confucian ideals (They claim that they want to salvage the idea and re-implement a "neo-Confucianism" to restore the "Chinese way"). I have heard the similar claim from some German people who claim that Nazism was not bad and it saved the Germany from economic collapse. It is only that Hitler himself is bad. Today there is also noise from the same kind of cacophony that ideologies themselves are not to blame for the world-wide terrorism and mayhem, only people are evil to use these good ideologies for their own evil impulse... etc, etc... Enough is enough.
Ideologies themselves indeed have moralities in them and evil ideologies themselves are the roots of all evils in the world.
Confused and idiotic minds nowadays always argue with everyone about how to cook poisonous mushrooms, so people can avoid their deadly poison while enjoying their great taste. They suggest boiling them; they suggest baking them; they suggest broiling them; they suggest taking them raw, they suggest stir-frying them.... Somehow it is not the poison, but people with their method of cooking and ingesting that are the problems. So the deadly effect of poison inside the mushrooms is never the cause of millions upon millions of death in the world and unspeakable misery among the humanity. Even weirder among these confused and idiotic minds is that they claim somehow the daily fruit, grain and meat that nourish and strengthen their bodies and minds are somehow bad for them, for the idea of ingesting nutritious food itself is somehow bad. Total insanity, isn't it?!
Some people continue to stick to their possession of the poisonous mushrooms and defend them to death, because they are native grown and treasured by all of their ancestors. Some people try hard to abandon the nutritious food simply because they are from foreign lands. Some people nowadays try to force everyone in the world to ingest their poisons by claiming they cause everlasting ecstasy in heaven for their delicious tastes and orgasm-producing magic, before they blow themselves to smithereens.
This analogy is to depict exactly what is happening today in the world: Somehow communism, fascism, nazism, Islamic fanaticism all are excused from their innate deadly poisonous effect on humans. At the same time, American ideals of freedom and capitalism are under constant attack, strangely and mostly, by people who benefit from them the most. What a curious and dangerous obsession on illusions!?
Is there morality in the ideologies themselves? Of course there is. All the ideologies that artificially and arbitrarily divide humans into groups and treat them discriminatively are by definition, Evil indeed. The American ideology of individual freedom is fundamentally congruent with the way humans are made by our creator, with each and everyone of us endowed with inalienable rights to pursue life, liberty and happiness. Therefore, it is indeed fundamentally Good.
Nazism and fascism divide people artificially and arbitrarily by race and ethnicity; communism divide people artificially and arbitrarily by their economic classes; Confucianism arbitrarily and artificially claims the superiority of the emperor, the male, the husband, the father..., and treats people as rulers and subjects; Islamic fundamentalists claim all infidels should be eliminated. Today's leftists and liberals in the West also tend to obsess over how and where to divide humanity into categories according to their income, their race and ethnicity, their gender, etc, and treat them with discrimination and favoritism. History has already proven through hundreds, even thousands of years of human suffering and misery, that these ideologies only lead to tragedy and death. No matter how and where you ingest these poisonous mushrooms, or how good one's intention is, the result has always invariably the same -- deaths and destructions. Poisons in the ideologies themselves are indeed one and only to blame.
American ideal with Christian values of truth, moral absolutes, tolerance of differences, combined with institutions of limited government, open-market based on capitalism and individual sovereignty and freedom have been proven, through the last 300 years, a progressive ideology that not only works, but liberates and nourishes human mind and spirit. Many under Americanism lead a fulfilled, productive and creative lives with liberty, joy and happiness. Yet, the thorough success of Americanism also breeds a weird phenomenon, mostly through it being able to afford people with time to think and experiment, of Anti-Americanism. In their illusory and delusional mindset, people somehow are bored with their affluence and prosperity, forgetting and taking for granted the fact and truth that what they have achieved is mainly due to the ideology of Americanism.
I have met so many who have made their fortune via an open-market and capitalism but turned around to attack the very system and country that enabled them to do so in the first place. And also somehow they harbor a tremendous wishful idea that there must have been something better than America and Americanism. So they dig into other cultures and past human history to look through the garbage laden with human tears, blood and corpses, claim that they have found something better than America, better than democracy, better than capitalism, better than individual liberty, better than joy and happiness. No wonder Osama Bin Laden claims the Islamic Fascism is superior to the West and American Ideals, for "It values death more than life."
Those who claim that cultures and values and morals are all relative should experience all the human misery and deaths before they spread their poisons around to destroy humanity. They should go back to the Nazi concentration camps, or the Soviet gulags, or the Chinese Laodai camps, or the Pol Pot's killing fields..., before they open their fat mouths, burping with pungent odor after a lobster dinner, driving their BMW home, claiming there is a better way.
Before you listen to the nonsense uttered by the leftist and Chinese tradition-worshippers, check your mental faculties to make sure you are not poisoned already beyond salvation. Then, and maybe then, you can come around to American way and enjoy every moment of your individual's precious life.
Best. Kai Chen 陈凯