价值一语： Words of Value:
A soul -- a spark of the never dying flame that separates man from all the other beings on earth. --- James Fenimore Cooper
一个灵魂 -- 一个永不消亡的火花。 它使人区别于在这个星球上的任何其他存活。 --- James Fenimore Cooper
Not Cultural Gap But Humanity Gap
By Kai Chen 陈凯 (Written 10/7/2006, Reprint 9/26/2011)
Perry Link in his article "文化差异虽然有趣却并不那么重要" stated an important, but often neglected point, especially by the Chinese:
Cultural differences among humans are not as important as many thought and took for granted as some paramount factor in human conflicts. The so called "inevitable clash of civilizations" is not a fact but only some imagination from human helplessness.
The Chinese often use "Culture" as their ultimate excuses (and defense against the moral assult from the free world) to avoid, escape and deny those fundamental issues such as freedom, humanity, progress, human rights, democracy.... Many Chinese assert that China can never be like other free countries on earth because China has a unique culture which precludes them from joining the freedom of mankind. Slavery and despotism, they claim, is their only destiny. Some Chinese, especially those China-lovers go even as far as proclaiming that the world should have diversity as a value, so the Chinese despotism and slavery is a unique form of human existence, therefore it should not only be preserved, but it should be valued as part of the human diversity. (Remember? Diversity is loved by many Western leftists.) With that logic, Aids virus and small pox virus should also be preserved and valued since it also adds to nature's diversity. How sick can the Chinese be??
But what culture? Is Chinese culture qualitatively and fundamentally different from any other culture on earth?? By the same token, is any culture on earth fundamentally different from any other?? Careful and honest look at all cultures in the world will only result in one answer:
We as individual human beings are fundamentally the same in our yearnings and our conduct (behavior) to achieve our universal values -- life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. Humans in all cultures on earth share the same basic goal - to advance human history toward a better tomorrow.
Surely there are some perverted humans who want to pull the history backward toward the dark ages. Surely there are suicide bombers and self-castrating eunuchs, but they are only deviation from humanity, not part of humanity. They are only the betrayals of human nature, not human nature itself. To portray these psychotic and pathological human behaviors as something that is only different and normal among human societies, as only some "cultural differences" points only to the view-takers own psychosis and mental disorder.
To confuse the exceptions with the rules, to confuse abnormality, sickness with healthy, normal human yearnings and conduct is quite often what the Chinese themselves are to adept to. They are adroit at using all the sicknesses, all the abnormality, all the idiotic human exceptions in their own society to define who they are. But they will never use the universal values, the normal, the healthy, the God-given values of humanity in the world to measure their own behaviors and mindset. They seem forever to fail to grasp the idea that the gap between the Chinese society and the free societies in the world is never "Cultural". The gap between the Chinese and the free world is of "Human". Using inhumanity and mental disorder to define China and the Chinese culture is exactly the root reason why China still remains an abnormal society, without moral standard, without truth-seeking mentality, without rights for individuals, without contractual government, without freedom to express, without joy and happiness based on truth and reality. Their momentary euphoria is often founded on others' misery and some spiritual drug-induced hallucinations, much like the Islamic Fascists with their orgasmic ecstasy experienced only at the last moment of their lives when their bodies are blown to pieces by the bombs strapped around their waists, aiming at destroying mankind to please their fake deity. In the Chinese case, their fake deity is China itself, is the Chinese ancestral culture itself, is the so-called Chinese race itself.
Please take a look at your own deplorable human state of existence, China and the Chinese people!! Please join the rest of the humanity to pursue true human values -- life, freedom, joy and happiness based on truth and God. Time is not on your side.