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中国专制的三暴虐 Trio of Tyranny in China

in 陈凯论坛 Kai Chen Forum 不自由,毋宁死! Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death! Mon Sep 26, 2011 2:19 pm
by fountainheadkc • 1.369 Posts



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Trio of Tyranny in China
中国专制的三暴虐 - 文字,文化与政治

China's Despotism - From linguistic tyranny, to cultural tyranny, to governmental tyranny

“自由人”对抗“中国人”序列
"Free Beings" vs. "Chinese" Series

  
  - The trio of tyrannies and its horrific effect on the formation of Chinese slave mindset – a treatise and indictment on the Chinese dehumanization process -
  
By Kai Chen 陈凯 (Written 4/10/2006, Reprint 8/29/2011)
  
  As people puzzled over the persistence of the Chinese communist regime after the collapse of the communism as an ideology world wide, only a few saw the roots of the Chinese despotism. Many are not willing, some not able, others lacking courage to recognize the connection between the Chinese traditional culture and the current deplorable state of affairs in China. Almost all reject even the slightest suggestion that the Chinese character-based, syllabic language has something to do with the formation of Chinese mind-set which can only be properly coined “complete slavery and dehumanization of human beings”.
  
  Some even suggest that preservation of a Confucian culture is paramount in reforming the Chinese society and curing the ills in the Chinese mind. To me this suggestion is tantamount to saying that solution to communist tyranny and dictatorship is the communist party, and the cure of AIDS is introducing more HIV virus. Some, with various motives and deep secret complex, come in a hurry to defend the indefensible cruel Chinese feudal culture. And they defend even with more vehemence than the despotic masters the origin of the Chinese tyranny – the character-based, syllabic Chinese language. The panic feels like as if someone is digging into their ancestors’ untouchable graves. It is as if someone is touching that “sacred cow” in their hearts. No matter how much they hate the Chinese communist party and its despotic regime, they are willing to defend the roots of it with their blood and lives. Sounds comically contradictory, doesn’t it? Some, even come with more hilarious accusation against those who point out the intrinsic and inseparable connection between the Chinese language and culture with the miserable human condition in China today, calling them “traitors of the Chinese race” and “harboring ulterior motives to demean the Chinese”, and “potential dictators in the future”….
  
  Their entire defense not only fails to exonerate the evil culture that has been created to destroy individuals, humanity and freedom, their preposterous accusation against those who see the evil shows exactly how their mind-set of cultural, linguistic and governmental slavery has been formed. That mind-set is the living proof of the existence of evil.
  
  The following is a treatise to detail the process of Chinese dehumanization of individuals through this “trio of tyrannies” and an indictment against this evil origin of the complete alienation and enslavement of Chinese mind over their own existence.
  
  Chinese Linguistic Tyranny
  
   (Since Chinese society is patriarchal in nature, I will use “man” and “he” in the composition of this essay. This is not to demean or ignore female human beings.)
  
  From the moment a Chinese toddler starts to put sounds and symbols together, he is handed a brush with ink as his writing tool. (Nowadays a pen or pencil is usually the case) He is presented with a paper with lines and usually a series of rectangle boxes with four evenly divided quadrants in each box. In front of him is a text of writing samples dated maybe hundreds of years back to his ancestors. He is told that his task of learning to write is first and foremost to mimic the perfect symmetry and forms in those pictorial images his ancestors left for him. During this process of repetition, copy, mimic of his ancestors’ leftover in his initial contact with human knowledge, his own dehumanization against his own individuality has formally begun.

  He learns that creativity and initiatives are not important; conformity is. He learns that his own mind is not important; his ancestors’ legacy is. He learns that he as an individual is not important; competing with others to see who comes closer to the original forms left by his ancestors is. He learns that meaning and substance of the word is not important; the appearance - the formation, the image and the shell is. He is further confounded, yet not knowing consciously, with the fact that language is not a tool to comprehend and analyze phenomena to reach to reality, rather it is an artistic endeavor to please the eye, and the others. However, in this supposed artistic endeavor, he is not allowed to create and produce. He is forced to copy, to memorize, to follow… His two hemispheres of the brain are inundated with conflicting input of symbols and images. (We now know that all humans have the same structure in their brains – one hemisphere in charge of language, analysis, abstract thinking, logic, rationality.., and the other art, music, concrete images, creative impulses…) His analytical hemisphere is being force-fed with pictorial images, instead of abstract symbols, while his artistic hemisphere is starved with a strict and deliberate stifling of his instinct and impulse to create. In learning to write the Chinese characters, he is weaving and knitting an elaborate and intricate mesh to smother his own brain, to restrict his own initiatives, to deny his individual uniqueness.
  
  While humans are endowed by our creator to have a unique human quality to create, change and reform our surroundings and environment to serve our own purposes, as a distinctive quality from other creatures, the cruel and inhumane process of Chinese systematic stripping of this unique human quality has effectively taken place with their young, in the form of indoctrination of a confusing and crippling linguistic system. The very possibility of human creative spark is effectively eliminated. One does not have to snip the bud. The bud has never appeared for it has died long before it can ever manifest itself. The very mind of each distinct individual is thus insidiously being forced into a tiny rectangle box from which he will never be allowed to escape to return to his nature of free being.
  
  By the time he is taught to compose sentences, he is further stripped of concept of time by a lack of tense in the Chinese verbs. Though the adverbs are constantly put in to modify the verbs, he has been reduced to never have had a strong sense of sequential events according to time. As his study of Chinese language progresses, he has found that he lacks a distinction between individual and collective, for in Chinese verbs there is no such differentiation of plural and singular. “People” can be viewed as something like an inseparable entity while an individual’s uniqueness is severely diminished. Last time I checked, a fascist view of collective as a living entity has the same connotation. He further learns that in pronunciation of chinese third personnel, there is no distinction between genders and between humans and animals or between humans and a rock. The dehumanization process is deepening.
  
  He finds that he cannot read and write to communicate till he is six or seven years old, with barely enough storage of Chinese characters laden with pictorial images, memorized through repetition in his analytical hemisphere of the brain. He is forever crippled in coming up with new abstract ideas.
  
  As he goes further in his study of his ancestors’ leftovers/feces, he finds that he is strictly forbidden from creating any new Chinese character by himself. All 50,000 Chinese characters are all he can copy and use in his understanding of his world of reality, though only about 5,000 in normal usage. By definition, all human knowledge on earth has stopped within the confinement of these 50,000 some Chinese characters. He can only try to manipulate, combine the existing characters to describe what he sees, not to invent new concepts. Thus the primary function of Chinese language is to describe, not to prescribe, is to inherit, not to expand, is to please, not to pursue, is to control, not to discover, is to possess, not to enjoy. the alienation is thus thorough and complete – the tool has become the master to be served with total devotion of chinese human lives. The creators of the language have become the slaves of the same language.
  
  With the rigid and stagnant Chinese language in place and in charge, humans are not here to create; they are only here to procreate. Humans are not individuals with indivisible integrity, dignity and uniqueness; humans are only an indistinguishable blob of flesh and blood of fleeting images, banded together by a tiny rectangle box to experience excruciating pain and suffering, much like a contortionist. Conclusion: The Chinese language is an inhuman and inhumane language which only facilitates a perverse dehumanization process among the Chinese masses/population.
  
  In sharp contrast, English, as a multi-syllable, alphabetic language, takes the premise that humans are free and unique beings. Language is their tool to serve their lives’ purpose, not their master to dominate and control their existence. With English language, children as early as three years old can read and write and communicate effectively with their peers. The abstract, alphabetic symbols of the language – the letters can be easily and freely assembled and dissembled and resembled to create new words that represent new discoveries and new concepts. They are designed to be abstract to input information into human brain’s abstract hemisphere. and the meaning of the word and compositions, not calligraphy, is the most important aspect of learning such a language. With this language, humans are allowed to be humans – free, creative and exploratative. With the way human brain is hardwired, there is no doubt that English language (alphabetic and multi-syllable) is a human and humane language.
    
  Chinese Cultural Tyranny
  
  From the moment a spark of consciousness start to flicker, a Chinese youth witnesses at first hand, how humans treat each other and how he is treated by these humans around him. Another dimension of Chinese dehumanization process is taking place in his perception of reality – a cultural tyranny starts to dominate his life.
  
  When the infant starts to observe his surroundings and tries to make sense out of them, the first thing that enters his mind is the fearsome hierarchy everyone carefully follows and obeys. In this invisible hierarchy, everyone’s identity is predetermined by his birth and gender. He discovers that one cannot open his mouth unless he does so according to the echelon he occupies in this hierarchy. He has to find out how old he is, how much money he makes, what connections his family has in relations with this classification of superiority and inferiority. He has to know his gender stratification, male as always being on top of female. He has to know every title and name in the generation differentiation and address his peers by proper titles and names. He has to know exactly all of these before he can open his mouth.
  
  He is conditioned to know that the highest echelon in the hierarchy is the ubiquitous officialdom in the government, and the highest judicial judge in morals and all affairs affecting him is the highest official in this government – the emperor, chairman, president. He now knows that the God in his life is China itself – a nation with a border, a population with the same racial and ethnic features, a way to behave and think – never disturbing the existing order. China is the combination of all the desirable values in his life. He will be dedicating his entire life to this invisible God.
  
  As he continues to grow up and further immerses himself in the Chinese literature, cultural habits and order of things, he finds that he himself as a person gradually dissolved and disappeared in the cultural soup everyone is stirring to cook into a shapeless entity. Everyone starts to behave in the same manner according to this invisible hierarchy, and no one is distinct and unique by himself. For the first time, he tastes the fearsome power of his cultural environment. That faceless everyone is called Big Family which he is obligated to preserve and please. Everyone seems to want to please everyone else and no one however, wants to initiate anything. Passivity is the order of the day and fate is everyone’s master. Learning to patiently live with desperation and helplessness is a must if he wants to survive. And it even becomes an art. He starts to cheat, lie, manipulate, intimidate, pretend… Anything he does is alright so long as he is to preserve and please the big family. Saving face is the biggest concern for everyone, from top down. The Big Family and the government that represents it has become his overlord and his entire individual worth is to be judged by only it.
  
  He practices hard to write beautiful calligraphy, for he knows without the beautiful and unobtrusive appearance, everything else is meaningless. One will have hard time climbing the social ladder if one’s calligraphy is no good. The more he self-effacing his own being, the more likely he will climb high. He learns to entertain himself by practicing Chinese violin, but finds that the bow is stuck between the strings and he can only play one string at a time. The music that comes out of the instrument always bears a sad, lonely, helpless tone he can never escape. He picks a brush to paint a picture, but finds that only water color is available. The painting comes out will always be smeared and blurred. The human image that comes out of the water color has no spirit, no deep feelings, no facial expressions, and no passion (not to mention there is no shades and no one know where the light comes from). Even this dubious representation of humans on paper cannot last long. The water color always fades over time. A blurred image of reality for others to guess and feel is the standard of art.
  
  He is frustrated, trying to find and etch a permanent mark for himself in the history of China. He starts to read the Chinese classic literatures, for in there he can find all kinds of intrigues, plots, manipulation of emotions, pretentious grace.., widely applied in the chinese officialdom. He attends school to memorize and mimic all the tactics and tricks to use, abuse and manipulate others humans so he can climb over their corpses to advance in this hierarchy. He learns how to mesmerize his victims by pretending to be their savior, making them believe they are all victims of others. Like a king cobra, he wants to desensitize and distract his prey by letting them focus on his beautiful and symmetrical markings, the carefully planned, mesmerizing movements, the ingenious camouflage, and the speedy and powerful strikes. He does not want others to know his nature. He is doing everything to hide it. He has learned all these through the books he has read and observation he has made and he is well versed in all of them. None of the education process has focused on the nature, the essence, and the substance of things and phenomena. No moral judgment has ever been rendered. So he is not about to start to attract others’ attention on his deadliness and his poisonous-ness. He has become the master of all his ancestors’ teachings. His only goal: to acquire power as much as he can. The more power he has, the more he is close to the omnipotent and arbitrary head of the big family, and the more he approaches God/being God.
  
  However, he is very unhappy and insecure, for every step up he climbs, he is losing something - something he could not describe and may never recover. But he somehow senses that something is essential for his fulfillment and happiness. He becomes more and more drained and emptied, but the urge to climb even higher is so great that he cannot stop. It is just like, no, it is exactly like a narcotic addiction. The more you have, the more you want to have, even knowing it is killing your organs, killing your humanity. He now is in the deep grip of a powerful, enticing presence he can never escape without help from outside/divine forces.
  
  But the outside help never comes. All the cultural narcotic addicts never admit they are addicts. He is no exception. His mental health starts to deteriorate. He can not distinguish right from wrong, illusions from reality, truth from falsehood, what is good for him from what is harmful…. Yet he continues the path of climbing toward that illusive peak in the officialdom, knocking down adversaries ruthlessly with no mercy. He never feels safe, for everyone else is doing just the same. He is exhausted but he dares not to stop or relax. Momentary reflection of himself scares the hell out of him, for he does not have guts to admit how deep and how far he has embarked on this road of self-destruction. And he knows it is all his making. and relentlessly, the atrocious/miserable/meaningless end is coming.
  
  One day, a more ruthless and poisonous adversary knocks him off the ladder of officialdom. He falls and ready to give up and die. Before he dies, he curses the enemy; he curses back luck; he curses fate; he curses all others. He even curses the system for failing him, not knowing or admitting he is exactly the essential part of it, the foundation of it. His only lesson from all this is: (and he will tell all his children about it) next time, if there is ever going to be one, I will be more ruthless, poisonous and deadly. In the process of victimizing each other, everyone becomes inescapably victimized. The cycle of men-eating-men is thus completed.
  
  Such is a soulless life’s story. Such is a loveless life. Such is a joyless existence. Such is a zombie’s journey. Such is a definition of evil and corruption. Such is the portrait of a Chinese cultural slave - a Eunuslawhore (eunuch, slave, prostitute).
  
  Contrast distinctly from this cycle of dehumanization, Christian ethics stresses exactly the opposite of this men-eating. It preaches that every individual human being is an entirely unique universe, a beginning and end in himself. He is not to be used, abused and abandoned as some used-up tools by others, no matter how many they are in quantity. In short, he is not to be a mean to an end, but an end in itself. Because of such an inalienable and inseparable nature of the entity, he is endowed by god to have rights and freedom; therefore, he has the possibility to be happy and joyful. No one, no matter how powerful he is as in the case of a government, should be morally justified to define such a being. He is indeed a sacred creation and only god can design him and make possible for him to discover that sacred design. Bias, prejudice, power for the sake of control and self-degradation are detested in such an ethics and culture. Dignity and respect are coined to depict such a being as unique and irreplaceable. Nothing can be ever justified without his own individual consent, for only he knows his own values and worth. Group and government oppression is viewed as the embodiment of evil. Servitude and slavery is as insidiously detrimental to human mental and spiritual health as viruses and narcotic addiction. Equality among humans is a natural extension in the very fact that each and every one of individuals must ultimately face god and himself, not others and governments. Conscience and spiritual integrity is established in such a cultural environment. Self-direction rather than others-direction becomes the orientation of such moral being. Creativity and productivity, Not robbing, begging, cheating and stealing, flows like fountainhead, nourishing a new generation of such free beings. Values are constantly produced and nothingness inevitably sneered and discarded.
  
  Such is a human ethics. Such is a human culture. Such will be the humanity's future.
   
  Tyranny of Chinese Political Institutions
  
  When a crippled Chinese adult, mentally and spiritually ill-equipped, enters into the political arena characterized by the omnipresent Chinese officialdom, he painfully discovers that he is further trapped and demeaned by the very institutions his ancestors left to control him. He is viewed as nothing more than a cog on an enormous grinder aimed to mix truth with falsehood, right with wrong, black with white, existence with nothingness. Every ounce of everyone’s individual energy is absorbed and usurped to contribute to the speed of the spinning machine. In the cultural soup it produces, nothing is distinct and unique and nothing can be used as values, particles and concrete foundation to build anything. The only function of such a political machine is to drown everyone with this toxic cultural soup and make him a part of its ingredient to kill still many others.
  
  Fostered and boosted by the linguistic tyranny and cultural tyranny, the political machine his ancestors created and left for him is a ferocious and insatiable beast of destruction.
  
  As his maturing consciousness starts to question his own being in his political surroundings, he finds that no one is in charge and henceforth no one is able to change this political environment. Everyone is only operating in it, much like everyone is using the same Chinese characters to write. No one is able to create anything in this political environment, much like no one is able or supposed to create any Chinese character by himself. He is trapped. He further finds that in this political culture, government precedes people. Government is viewed to have existed even before humans appear on earth. Government authority comes from the mysterious “heaven” and it has nothing to do with human beings. So the emperors have all been called “sons of heaven” and everyone who dares to question this order and authority is doomed to “hell” and eternal ostracism.
  
  Thus, the government has always been viewed as parents, and the masses under it have always been viewed as some infantile children in need of care. Government officials are endowed with titles such as “parental officials” and the people “children people”. A person is born not free, but underneath this parental government and the power it wields. Any limited freedom is freedom in a cage, and freedom to obey and conform, for he is reared and raised by the government and the emperors. He has been taught that when the big river has water, the small creeks will flow. Even God in heaven is with a title “jade emperor”. It is the emperor that gives people their clothes and food. It is the nation and government that give people their livelihood and meaning of life.
  
  He has read from all the literature that his ancestors have left that all heroes in Chinese history are “nation loving” heroes. All immortals he ever worships are ancestral officials in the emperors’ court. Everything that has any values in China is tied with officialdom. Government and officialdom is not only he depends on for his livelihood, but he depends on for his meaning of life. All the educational institutions have one aim – to produce “nation loving” and “emperor loving” officials in the echelon of governmental hierarchy. The higher he climbs in the official ladder, the more power he acquires and hence the more meaning in life he has. Thus, he stops/kills all his other interests and endeavors and focuses only on one thing – joining officialdom to climb the ladder.
  
  In the process of climbing the ladder, he learns further from his ancestors and the knowledge they have left via those rectangle boxes written in those thread-bond books all the official tricks, plots, deceits, maneuvers, manipulations. He is well versed in the spirit all these books and the ultimate message they espouse – “the end always justify the means”. So long as he is for others and for the helpless masses, all his excessive tactics and murderous methods are thoroughly justified. His only slogans in his heart are “loyal to the emperors, loyal to the nation/party-dynasty, loyal to the ancestors and all the language, institutions, culture they have left to him.”
  
  He has learned that the most effective method of controlling the masses with their infantile and meaningless existence is to hold their loved ones, their family, and anything including their own profession they love, hostage. If one offends the order of the court, the entire family suffers, the generations related to the person in anyway suffers. No one is responsible for himself anyway, so everyone else around him must be responsible. Here is the most effective weapon in his arsenal, among others like confusion, fatalism, superstition, jealousy, denial, blindness to truth… Though he himself is subjected to the same control mechanism, he is nonetheless enthusiastically enforcing the order using these means, for the illusion is the higher one climbs, the freer one becomes.
  
  Not only family is used to be the hostage in this scheme of things, family is used as the very control mechanism to subdue everyone in it. Family has become the very basic unit of the government, to serve the government. The very word “nation” (Guo, Jia 国家) in Chinese is simply composed with two characters – nation and family. The saint of all Chinese – Confucius has long deemed the Chinese moral order to be inviolable – “emperor to subordinates, father to sons”. The bigger the government, the better, and since family has become the basic unit of the government, the entire society does not only belong to the government, it is indeed the government itself. Separation of government and society has never existed in China. Any political order in China is only the extension of personal order of the individual and his identity. An ingenious design it is indeed, by the ancestral saint-the Confucius.
  
  In the later years of China's modern history, Mao only further inherited/enhanced this very Chinese tradition of building the entire China into a giant prison, in which everyone can be potential a spy to report on others to the authority, particular within the family. So why build prisons to hold those unruly scoundrels like in the USSR under Stalin? Instead, the chinese under mao have followed our ancestors under emperors and confucius: They make the entire society governmental, and make the entire population prisoners of their own family, or their own relations with others. Yes indeed this is exactly what has happened during the notorious cultural revolution. The poison has seeped through every pore of the society and the corruption via total surrender by the individuals is thorough and complete.
  
  America represents the exact opposite of the Chinese experience: It is based on individual freedom with a solid foundation in Christian faith; therefore each and every individual is fully aware of his or her responsibility to his own conscience and action. Its political institutions are established on the premise of human fallibility and subsequent potential abuse by government and majority. Separation of power, checks and balances within the political power structure, a constitutional base to limit government and guaranty individual rights, federalism to ensure a bottom-up direction from individual sovereignty to local autonomy to limited federal government.., all are the healthy and necessary institutions aimed at expanding individual freedom. Government is contracted to serve people’s purposes, not the other way around – people are subdued to serve the government. Legitimacy, transparency and openness are understood to be the concern of all the individual citizens in their eternal vigilance to guard their liberty and rights against tyranny. American political institutions are human institutions for human interests, freedom and happiness.
  
  Conclusion
  
  Over two thousand years ago on this land that humans inhabited, a divergence of humanity began to emerge. In the East over the vast land of Asia, a process of dehumanization started with the unification by an emperor with his swords, bloodshed, and oppressive force over the population on his domain. Through the intrinsic defects of its own language, the facilitation of eunuch official intellectuals, and the state power, human beings had become the subjects and slaves of their own creation. They have been terrorized by the very alienation they created ever since and become deformed humans with twisted mind-set. A stagnant and vicious circular course of history has been the order even today.
  
  About the same period over on the other side of the planet, a quiet and powerful revolution to recognize and confirm humanity also began to take shape, championed not by someone with swords, but by a mild-mannered man dressed in rags who never held any official position. A new kind of values was being preached upon the population and into the very soul of humans – truth, liberty, equality, individuality, fraternity, tolerance, creativity… Through the sparks he has ignited, a torch has been lit to light up the course of human history. History would never be a circle to trap humans with their corpses and misery. History started to advance toward life, freedom and joy. Humans are no longer the slaves of their own creations. They have become their own masters over their own language, their own culture and their own political institutions. A liberation of the human souls has enables them to advance through darkness toward better and better future. America is the epitome of this very advancement.
  
  In the West, human beings continue to advance along the line of liberty for humanity. in the East, human beings continue to be trapped by the tyranny of their own culture and government. They are nothing but slaves of their own cultural conditioning and tools of the despotic state they have created and passively obeyed. The gap is gigantic.
  
  In view and analysis of what has impeded Chinese society from entering modern history and join the community of free nations, I am confident that these three mountains – the three tyrannies that have oppressed the Chinese people without them knowing the nature of the tyrannies, must be removed before any healthy human institutions can be developed. The dehumanization process via these three tyrannies must be stopped and destroyed. Human beings must be returned to their original form intended by their creator – free, full of life, joyful and creative, the masters of their own environment, their own language, their own culture, their own political institutions, their own fate, their own future. The thorough and complete alienation of individual human beings to their creations must be reversed. The vicious dynastic cycles must be reviled, condemned and eliminated. a society of individual human beings, by individual human beings, for individual human beings must be finally realized. China must join the post-historical America by emulating its examples to release the tremendous energy of human creativity and productivity of its own citizens. Let’s start to remove the three mountains and the tyranny they have imposed on the Chinese people for thousands of years. Let's start this process from ourselves as free and responsible individuals.


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RE: 中国专制的三暴虐 Trio of Tyranny in China

in 陈凯论坛 Kai Chen Forum 不自由,毋宁死! Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death! Tue Oct 04, 2011 5:23 pm
by fountainheadkc • 1.369 Posts

中国人为什么蠢?
Why Chinese are Truly Stupid


作者: 凯迪

现在的一个美国人,在消耗地球物质资源上,也在创造能力上,相当于三十几个中国人,相当于六个日本人,相当于四十几个印度人。他们只要印钞票,打开他的印钞机就行了。

为什么美国人在伊拉克打仗几百上千亿美元抛下去,本身的经济却不会受到影响,他们靠什么,他们真是造钱的机器么,他们的钱从哪儿来?从世界来,我们在为他们创造财富,而我们创造的财富,自己拿不到,为什么?愚蠢。你只能拿到你手工的工钱,人家靠的是脑袋,是资本,拥有的是知识产权和资本产权。

中国在今后的世纪如果还要依然用这样一种方式生活下去,愚蠢下去,中国人在一百年之内会让自己变成过去北美洲的那种新的印第安人。印第安的历史大家知道吗?欧洲人到北美,他们不把他们当人,而是把他们当野兽,当非人来消灭。为什么?因为他们愚蠢,他们没有能力抵抗,他们只有被屠杀。

如果地球上什么地方充斥着那种像蚂蚁一样的人,将来绝对会被清除掉,因为那也将是拯救人类的惟一的路。我惟一希望的,就是我们中华民族在今后的一个世纪,最好是半个世纪中,能尽快赶紧使自己聪明起来。我们不要变成蚂蚁,我们同样应是有智慧的人。

人人在上帝面前平等。这个伟大的信念构成了西方人能够变得聪明起来的一块坚硬的基石,没有这块基石,西方人也不可能变得比中国人聪明,而我们中国人差就差在这儿了。中国人永远是仰着脑袋看大人,看有权有势的人。而孔子更是用他的错误的言论流传两千多年,所谓的君子“三畏”,“畏天命、畏大人、畏圣人之言”。有了这三畏,你想想,中国人听了孔子这三句话,中国人的头脑就是白生的,白长的,所以中国的每一代人都是无头苍蝇。中国人生生死死在世界上,就像没头的苍蝇那样生活着。你看我们现在占据整个人类中的20%。在一千年前,也就是中国的宋代,中国的人口还更是世界人口的二分之一,也就是说地球上两个人,就有一个中国人,可见在中国这块土地上,繁衍生长生生死死了多少人。可是一直到今天,我们为整个人类发现了什么,发明了什么,创造了什么?创造了一个人人空生、空长、空活的空历史、空社会、空文化。

西方人有上帝的信仰,这种信仰本身并不重要,重要的是有这么一个观念,就是人人在上帝面前都是平等的。即便是西方的统治者他也不敢像中国的皇帝那样,什么“普天之下,莫非皇土,率土之宾,莫非王臣”,罗马皇帝在上帝面前也只能承认自己是“第一公民”,他不敢像中国的皇帝那样称孤道寡,对其他的人要杀要剐的,所谓“君要臣死,臣不敢不死”。但是我要告诉你们,还有更实质的,即“君要民愚,民不得不愚”,这才是中国人不能不愚蠢的最关键的奥秘。

中国人两千多年来之所以愚蠢,就是极权专制统治者要求的,逼的。中国总共有四家的学说,儒家、道家、法家,佛家。刚才说的墨子在秦汉之后基本上已经销声匿迹。只有刚才讲的四家。儒家,“民可使由之,不可使知之”,其宗旨是愚民。道家一样,“民之难治,以其智多,故以智治国国之贼,不以智治国国之福……”,也依然是愚民的。法家那就更不用说了,他号称的“五蠹”,即五种人,是学者、言谈者,带剑者、患御者、工商之徒,这五种人被韩非认为是社会的毒虫,法家主张的那种法西斯统治,不用说,是根本不可能使老百姓真正聪明起来的。佛家一样,佛家讲什么,“万法皆空,万事皆空”,“一切有为法,如梦幻泡影,如露亦如电,应作如是观”。他要人看轻今生,要人去追求来生。一个看轻今生的人,他能使自己在今生聪明起来吗?不可能。可见通过中国所有的学说,都讲的是愚民,所以他们的思维方法都是愚民的方法。说白了,用西方现代哲学的话语来说,他们的思维方法就全都是独断论。

所以上面所述的这三点,构成了中国人之所以愚蠢的三条辫子,三条绳索。一不平等,二统治者用愚民的政治统治,第三就是中国人传统的独断论思维方式,或者说根本无主体的思维方式,这使得中国人从根本上丧失了让自己变得真正聪明起来的可能。在这三条绳子捆绑的条件下,中国人能够聪明起来吗?怎么聪明?中国人是一个没有哲学的民族,在这个意义上我同意黑格尔的说法,中国人的的确确没有哲学。但是在先秦是有自己的思想体系的,是有自己伟大的创造的,就像刚才我讲的,孔子为整个人类提供了伟大的目的论思维,也就是“仁者爱人”“己欲立而立人,己欲达而达人”“己所不欲,勿施于人”的人类的终极目的的追求。这的的确确就像康德所说的,是绝对命令,是人类的一种终极的追求,是绝对的命令。

如果有一天偌大的北京1500万人,突然有一天告诉你,明天就断水了,这是什么消息?整个北京,将一下子变成一座死城,将立即完蛋,这不叫危言耸听,这将很可能有一天会变成事实。中国人现在还在那儿自我表扬,自吹自擂,有什么资格自吹自擂呢?现在我们自认为我们的经济已经非常进步了,各方面都在和平地崛起,但是事实上我告诉大家,我们几乎一切的方面,离开世界的平均值不是拉近了,而是越来越倒退了,我们现在的科学水平离世界平均水平的距离,还不如过去的毛泽东时代。

我们现在的发明能力,创造能力,比之50年代还要差得远。去年发布了一个消息,世界上关于发明创造的专利,中国人所提交的占世界整个不到1%,而且都是低级水平。我们现在经济这么发展,发展的结果是如何呢?我告诉大家,我们去年九点几的GDP增长,其中7%靠的是什么?靠的是进出口,而进出口之中,我们在其中拿到的利润是多少?17%。也就是说83%装进了外国投资者的口袋,为什么?因为我们提供的劳动是低级劳动。

比如说IBM电脑,在中国有多条IBM生产线,生产出来的电脑作为美国产品出口,其中我们为它干了什么?机壳、按键、开关,关键的部件、设计、重要的软件由美国提供。所以我们只能从中拿到那么一点点的比例,17%。你看我们的GDP增长了,但是我们中国人的人均收入并没增长。这样一种经济发展对我们中国到底带来了什么,而我们的生态破坏在世界上却是最严重的。

世界上十个最污染的城市有的讲九个在中国,有的甚至讲十个全在中国。参考消息有一篇报道说,中国已经变成了发达国家的垃圾场。人家的废钢材、废塑料,破铜烂铁全都拥进了中国,中国变成了别人的垃圾场。在广东、在福建很多的农户就用自己的锅把废电脑的接线板往里扔,用这样一种操作来炼制其中的某些元素,就用这种方式来挣一点钱,来养活自己。结果如何?结果那个村庄的水不能喝了。我们就是过这样的经济发展生活,这样的经济发展下去,我们中国人还想活不想活了?我们是靠什么去发展经济?我们是靠我们可怜的手,我们高贵的大脑却一点也没有用。中国人根本就不会思维,不光是一般老百姓,就是北大的清华的那些教授们,以及那些以为自己多么了不起的博导们、研究员们,他们会思维吗,他们用一种什么方法教导我们的年轻人?

有句话,北大是一流的学生,二流的教师,三流的管理,我认为,北大大概就是这样的状态。把我们最优秀的学生送进这个学校,培养出来的人并不见得优秀,并不是这些学生不优秀,他们没辙,他们受的教育不可能使他们优秀。

中国人的愚蠢并不是从今天开始,从秦汉以后中国就是一个漫长的愚蠢的过程,就是一个愚蠢的民族,只不过在公元15世纪之前跟西方比较,还不是那么严重,因为西方人有自己的问题,大家都只能彼此彼此。但是在近300年,西方人已经变得越来越聪明,我们依然是那么愚蠢。我们根本就不会思维,为什么不会思维?第一不允许思维,第二必须像某某一样思维,第三你不能质疑,你只能像蚂蚁一样活着。

所以毛泽东有时候作为一个诗人还不错,他曾经说过一句话,一句诗,叫做“蚂蚁缘槐夸大国”,中国人就是“蚂蚁缘槐夸大国”。我们凭什么叫世界大国,真正的世界大国是智慧大国,是聪明大国,是发现、发明、创造的大国,而我们中国人为世界发现了什么,发明了什么,创造了什么?而所有这一切靠什么?靠脑袋,靠脑袋的思维。一个不会思维的民族,他们怎么去发现,怎么去发明,怎么去创造呢?一直到今天,而且现在,我们不是在前进,我们反而在倒退,我们必须认识到目前这种形势的严重性。

人类最高的价值,并不是统一;而是健康快乐的生活、人权受保护!人民的自由幸福高于一切,高于国家的统一。如果个体生命的价值高于一切,那么一切战争都是不合法的;如果人在本质上是一个宗教动物(柏克),那么一切武打精神都是反人类的,是反文明的。有一位智者曾说过:“动物撕打,而人类契约”。另一位学者说:“只有当人不再杀人才得以成人”。那些动辄喊“杀”喊“打”的,面临着重大的进化为人的任务。

翻开任何一本近代西方的哲学史,你都会立即注意到,西方曾有多少杰出的哲学思想家一直都在关心人类理解力的问题,他们留下了多少关于如何解决理解力问题的思想巨著!从笛卡尔开始,培根、霍布斯、洛克、休谟、卢梭、狄德罗、莱卜尼茨、斯宾洛莎、牛顿、康德等等,他们的著作的书名也都必用“理解”、“理性”、“工具”、“方法”等等的字样。例如洛克的《人类理解论》,莱卜尼茨的《人类理智新论》,休谟的《人类理解新论》,康德的《纯粹理性批判》、《实践理性批判》、《判断力批判》等,康德的理性批判,实即理解力的批判。实际上,几乎所有的西方哲学大家的著作,凡是他们涉及理解、理性、理智、工具、方法、逻辑、知识等等名称的,无不主要是在探索人类思维的理解力的问题。正是因为在他们那里,“理解”、“理解力”获得了深刻的理解,所以,西方人的思维能力在近三百年中,突飞猛进,催枯拉朽,超越了一切其他故步自封的人类,包括以央央大国自命不凡的中国人。这是历史事实,不能不承认。

再翻开中国的历史,中国连一本像样的思想史都拿不出,更不要说有关心思维理解力问题的著作。即使在今天,又何曾拿得出一部以自创的形式讨论思维理解力问题的专著呢?自秦汉之后的儒、道、法、佛各家,他们谁关心过中国人的思维问题呢,更不要说什么理解力的问题了。一个从来就不关心思维,不关心理解和理解力问题的民族,他们怎么可能会有多高的理解力呢?甚至直到前不久,中国人还在叫嚣“一句顶一万句”的权力真理观哩!这样的民族,他们的理解力会高到哪里去呢?

不仅两千多年来中国人不重视思维理解力问题,即使近半个世纪以来,又何曾真正重视过思维理解力的问题呢?同样没有,而且糟糕的是,还用一种错误的理论误导了中国人,在本来就理解能力薄弱的中国人头上更又加上了一套新的紧箍咒。

为什么中国人不聪明?为什么说中国人愚蠢?什么叫聪明?什么叫愚蠢?我要用一个标准,没有标准就不能有答案,没有原理就不能推理,这是最起码的逻辑。如果我一开始就不讲逻辑,让大家下去胡猜,那不行。你可以跟我辩,没有关系,你同不同意我的标准,你同意我的标准,接下来就可以跟我讨论结论。聪明的标准是什么?很简单,三句话:有所发现、有所发明、有所创造。一个在自己的生活中有所发现、有所发明、有所创造的人就是聪明的人。不管他发现了什么,不管他发明了什么,不管他创造了什么,他能给这世界提供一些新鲜的东西,他就是聪明人。而无所发现、无所发明、无所创造的人,推介到整个民族那就是一个愚蠢的人、愚蠢的民族。这就是我的标准,不同意这个标准可以讨论,不同意我的结论也可以讨论。

再回过头来看我们中华民族是不是有所发现的民族,是不是有所发明的民族,是不是有所创造的民族,我活了60岁,这个问题的反思使我非常痛苦,我爱这个民族,我爱中国人,因为我自己是个中国人,我不希望别人说我们中华民族是个愚蠢的民族,但是去考察一些现实我就不得不做出这个痛苦的结论,中华民族的的确确是一个愚蠢的民族。不要说其他,我的书上也说了,我们每一个人从现在开始去翻翻自己,去翻翻自己的孩子的书包,从小学的教材,到中学的教材,到大学的教材,到研究生的教材,到所有的教材,里边有多少是我们中国人总结出来的学问,让我非常痛苦,我发现什么也没有,除了中国字是自己的,中国的语言是自己的,作为中国人自己创造的知识不能说绝对没有,但是少得实在太可怜了,所以我非常痛苦的说中华民族是一个无学的民族,有技术、有艺术,有术但是没有学,没有科学,没有成为学问的东西。

学有三种,即问之学、理解之学、创造之学,中华民族只有即问之学、记忆之学,不断的记忆,二十四史,二十五史,二十六史,四书五经,全是这种学问,全是即问之学,而根本没有自我生发、自我组织的一门学问、一门科学。但是我后面还要讲,毕竟还有一门,就是中医学。中医学是中华民族唯一的一门学问,他是真正有自己的理论,有自己的实践,有自己的某种特异的逻辑的学问,可惜我们的中医学也毫无发展,一出来就差不多死了。《黄帝内经》还是《黄帝内经》,没有人在把他往前再推进一步。《黄帝内经》是经典,永远的经典,多么可怕!

中华民族这么一个具有悠久历史的民族,有天文观察,没有天文学;有地质考察,没有地质学、没有地理学;有四大发明但是没有物理学、没有化学;甚至我们有画画没有美术学,有音乐没有音乐学,不知道韵律。朱载誉发现了十二均分率,但是他并没有把他当作音乐学、和声学、韵律学,没有作为一种学问。一个没有学的民族他能给整个社会提供什么呢?基本上提供不了什么。所以沦落到今天很多学者说我们得了失语症。什么叫失语症?我们说的话是中国话,但是中国话的内容是外国人的。这些内容人家已经咀嚼过多次了,不是我们自己初创的。中国人没头脑,难道中国人真的没头脑吗?为什么没头脑?为什么不能自己创造出一门学问来?我活到60岁这是我最大的痛苦。我写作就是为了解决我这个痛苦。现在在朋友们的帮助下我的书出来了。后边还有500万字还会陆续跟朋友们见面。我这500万字,1000万字都是为了这一个主题,中华民族如果没有自己的创造就永远是被人瞧不起的。在这个意义上我认定中国人是愚蠢的,哪怕这个结论让我非常痛苦。不仅是像西方人说的不知道什么叫平等,什么叫民主,什么叫自由,而是愚蠢到不知道什么叫智慧,什么叫聪明,什么叫愚蠢。

而中国现在的文人写了大量无聊的文章,把我们的年轻人引到无聊的地方,你看看现在这些报刊,看看我们的电视,看看我们的网络,所有文字构成的东西几乎都在让我们的年轻人变得愚蠢。金庸的小说,金庸一下子被捧到了中国最伟大的作家,那简直不可想象,他为什么是最伟大的作家?你拿出一个标准来。我专门为这个问题跟三个人在广播学院面对面的辩论过,刚开始的时候下面的听众都是在鼓我的倒掌,因为我逆了他们的情绪,他们爱金庸。但是到后来情况不同了,下面的群众更多的支持我了,辩论的结果我胜了,但是我在那种小地方胜了不算什么,我希望我能在全中华民族的大地上胜利。金庸的小说好不好看?好看,但他绝对不是让你聪明起来的小说,他绝对是让年轻人变得愚蠢的小说,这种小说可以有,因为我不是那种严禁自由的人,但是人们要有判别能力,尤其我们的文艺评论家们,我感到非常遗憾,伟大的这个教授,那个教授写出那么多文章来赞美金庸,而我写了这么一篇文章杂志社不敢发,甚至我把它收到我的文集里边,他们很欣赏其他的文章,偏偏这篇文章把它抽下来了,好像金庸动不得。因为是大家所爱。那我就要问这些爱金庸的人,你们爱他什么?爱他提供了真,提供了善,还是提供了美,他的真善美在哪里?

西方哲学是西方人近几个世纪变得聪明起来的最重要的原因。没有古代西方哲学,没有现代西方哲学,西方人不可能变得聪明起来,中国人之所以在近代不能聪明起来,不能跟他们比,就是因为中华民族没有自己的哲学,西方人有哲学所以西方人就是比中国人聪明,但是哲学的好处不是永恒的。它在这个时期可能使人变得聪明起来,但在另一个时期可能使人变得愚蠢。这就是我写《西方哲学死了》的根本原因。西方哲学确实使西方人聪明起来了,这是不可否认的。没有西方哲学就没有现代西方科学,无论是自然科学还是社会科学,心理学还是别的科学。所有的奥秘都来源于他们的哲学。神学和哲学构成的两者的良性循环是西方人聪明起来的根本原因。而我们中国人既没有神学也没有哲学。到了今天西方哲学发挥的作用已经到了强弩之末,他的聪明已经完全或者说很大程度上体现在今天大家桌上摆的电脑了。电脑所能做的事情越来越多,他能取代人的大脑进行很多很多的工作,这的确是他很大的成就。但是电脑绝对不是人脑,哥德尔说过,人永远要说最后一句话,人的智慧远远高于电脑,而西方人也意识到他们的哲学到了今天已经碰到了巨大的危机,尤其是后现代主义的这些哲学家们,他们要解构传统的哲学。他们认为不得不解构。这就导致一条新的路,因为这种哲学使得人们面临巨大的困境。生态问题,心态问题,自然生态、社会生态以及人们的心理生态全面的崩溃。自然科学的发展使得人们之间以武器相向,现在谁拥有最厉害的武器谁就是霸主,美国就是霸主。所以他用杀人来显示他的正义,如果他没有这种武器他干这么干吗?他不敢。因为有经济方面的智慧,军事方面的智慧,他可以掠夺其他落后民族应有的财富,在经济上从来就没有过等价交换。在西方人的心目中根本就没有东方人,更不用说非洲人那些落后民族的地位。

中国人说话等于放屁,在他们的引录中根本就不可能有东方人,尤其在社科和心理科学方面,自然科学方面还有一点点。他们认为东方人根本思考不了这个问题,解决不了这个问题,包括现在一些所谓新的思想家,什么福山、亨廷顿,他们所找的路依然是西方传统的路,包括福山本人是一个日本人,但是他完全忘记了东方应有的传统。他不知道东方应有的传统是什么,也不知道日本应有的传统是什么,他认为拯救世界只能由西方的传统,西方的理性主义。不断的下去,其结果就是人越来越冷漠,越来越残忍,越来越没有心肝、没有道德,现在道德主义的沦丧其实就是理性主义过度的结果。什么叫理性主义?理性主义换句话说就是利己主义。神学、宗教是利群体的。中国人古代的仁学、礼教是利他的,可惜中国这种道德很大意义上被统治者变成了他的遮羞布,但是中华民族还是在这样一种终极的追求之下绵延了5000年,有文字的至少3000年。现在是中华民族的机会,中华民族完全可以平等的在新世纪跟西方人竞争聪明,在这个意义上我对中华民族抱有希望。西方哲学死了就是他已经到底了,他的作用已经发挥殆尽了。

二元论哲学只能研究那些无生命的东西,只有三元论以上的多元论哲学才能真正研究人以及生命,而这种哲学、这种逻辑已经蕴藏在中华民族以及东方民族的某些伟大的经典之中了,可惜这些经典全部被我们中国人以及其他东方人读歪了。《易经》是一部伟大的经典,可惜被我们用来读成了宿命论者,变成了机会主义者,变成了算命的人;《道德经》是一部伟大的经,但是《道德经》使中国人变成了相对主义者;《金刚经》也是一部伟大的经,但是《金刚经》读了以后让人舍去了生命,对生命本身最重要的东西变成了空和无。而我们就没有看到这三部经的方法论,尤其是前两部,《易经》和《道德经》构成的阴阳五行,汉代的《黄帝内经》以及中医学的存在。中医学是中华民族唯一,无论是从理论、从实践真正完整的是中国自己的创造。可惜阴阳五行一出来就死了,没有很好的发展。这是非常遗憾的。阴阳五行有他非常合理的内在性,可惜这个无把中华民族,把中国人的思想给束缚了。相生相克这种思想已经有秩序的存在、生命的存在、文明的存在这样一种内在的合理性。没有这样一种传统的西方人不可能创造一种新的逻辑。他只能在自己的二元的逻辑的基础上一再的下去,下去的结果就是分裂一切,分裂人的民族,分裂人的种族,分裂政治、分裂经济、分裂文化、分裂国家,凡是西方文化走到的地方一切都是分裂。 一杯茶一台电脑, 在家炒汇很有趣!免费体验, 试试!

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