The Chinese nihilistic, despotic cultural tradition that is based on a pictorial syllabic linguistic system has severely hampered the Chinese mind and spirituality, so much so that the majority Chinese (those without any knowledge of alphabetic language) are completely incapable of distinguishing reality from illusion, truth from falsehood, right from wrong. This is the root reason why China has long become a world of rumors, a machine to manufacture lies, and a haven for con men, thieves and bandits. --- Kai Chen
I now paste this article on today's Youpai.org opening page. It is about Taiwan's media being a fomenting ground for rumors.
Good article. It states a fact that we have all witnessed -- in the Chinese cultural tradition based on a faulty linguistic system, majority Chinese (those who have no knowledge of a foreign language) cannot distinguish what is real and what is illusion, what is true and what is false, not to mention what is right and wrong.
Superficial images and rumors dominate the Chinese lives. Even when you read Chinese, you have to read between the lines to guess what the writer is trying to say. Reading and talking and communicating with each other have forever become a guessing game. In all aspects of human relations in the Chinese life, guessing game is the one everyone has to play. Nihilistic culture and subjective language bear most of the blame.
When you read Chinese language newspapers, you can trust only half of it. The other half is up to your own imagination. "中itself implies "half truth" or "half man and half devil" or "neutered reality -- Eunuchs". No one is responsible for what they say, precisely because the language itself they use always gives them a way to escape. The language itself is confusing, imprecise and ambiguous to say the least. It is devised that way so everybody can escape from reality, since the reality is too cruel, too ugly, too unforgiving, too deadly under dynasties of despotic regimes for anyone to face squarely.
Now the Chinese have to bear the consequences of obsessing with such a backward language. The sad reality is: They still refuse to see and understand that the true culprit of their cultural and social stagnation is the tool they have chosen to use and rely on for communication.