9185 Will Chairman Mao come back to China 20190204
I will list here two findings about why Chairman Mao will come back to China in a not very far away future. My study will be non-political. It means my study will not be focused in the will of political powers, but on philosophical trends only.
1. Mao is an idealist
Firstly, Mao is an idealist. Ideal is human. We all need to have some ideals. We all expect ideal things to come. An ideal home, an ideal job, an ideal spouse, and most important above all, an ideal country. The difference between an idealist and a pragmatist is that, an idealist aims at a distance much far away, while a pragmatist need not to have a long-term target. A pragmatist thinks about how to survive, yet an idealist concerns what is the far away goal.
Ideals could be misleading. It could be wrong. It could lead to a bad result. But we all need an ideal. Ideal can provide ultimate motivation. Ideal could be the force for a human life. Animals need not to have ideal, but human beings need it. It is not important to judge whether an ideal be right or wrong. More important is the method to achieve the ideal. Methods could be wrong or even deadly, even it is effective and useful sometimes.
Mao is an idealist. He wants to heal the world. He wants to have a heaven on earth. He has got the charisma and he is appealing. Some people do not like him. Actually, problem is in his method. He uses a powerful motivation method to lead the country for an ideal. He said, bad elements were like dust on the floor. You need to sweep them away. Thus came the long years of class struggle. Later part of the story was history. We are not going to discuss the good or bad of class struggle. However, his ideal and his motivation method is two important parts of his success. He would offer first an ideal, then an effective method to achieve the ideal. He would tell you, if bad elements be removed, the ideal is yours. Some people hated Mao. They do not know, with their heated hatred, they are using the method of Mao, though they may or may not share the vision of Mao.
Jesus uses sacrifice to achieve his ideal. Mao uses motivation power.
Mao has got a great ideal. He promotes selfless. He supports the ancient ideal that the world is equally shared by all. His ideal is almost the same with that of Sun Yat-sen. They both support the idea of a selfless world. Only that their method is different.
Now the ex-leader of China was gone. But he was gone not very far away. He would comeback sooner of later, with an idealist flag at hand, he will offer another chance for China. However, the Chinese people is not the same as before. They are cautious, and highly alerted. They will bring back the ideal in a new form in a new era.
2. An inner form of Government
Now we shall come to see the second finding about Chairman Mao, which is the real essence of him. He had brought to China an inner form of Government.
If we ask Plato, what is democracy, he will tell us, democracy is pluralistic oligarchy. And the problem of democracy is only that people do not have wisdom to choose. This had been a hot debate topic for thousands of years.
Plato is western minded. In the case of a Chinese minded person, he will soon find out the main concern of democracy. Democracy is external and lifeless.
Democracy is an external mean to run the country. In a democratic country, people were living like separated pebbles in a sea shore. A country is more like a commercial organization than a living body. Work is boring in a money-oriented place, especially when its other people's money. Lucky ones can organize themselves in the form of a family. But family is fragile. It could be easily broken up. Anyone can expect an old and lonely future. There will not be any ideal in a democratic country. The basic foundation of Democracy is materialism.
Democratic materialism dominates everything. People are more and more selfish than before. It is a growing trend.
Can democratic people be parts of a living body, not as machine parts? Can they be concerned to each other and cared by each other? Sometimes only. Lonely people are forever lonely. There is not a law to govern people that they must love each other. They are lacking the necessary function of love. The government structure is not a build-in living structure like a human body, but a man-made structure to "govern" the individual units.
Mao is different.
Mao had actually found a way to transfer energy in a living body.
He used a national party to convey energy and messages and every thing in the tubes in the body.
There were and there will be heavy criticism about that. If we put away the political ideas, we will see the function of the party, is actually like the function of some form of inner energy running. It needs a clear mind to see into this point. There are lots of eye-covering concepts here. For example, if someone believed that it is evil, he will never see the inner side of the problem.
And it is true that the inner energies can be directed in different ways, it could either be left-turned or right-turned, it could be rational, or evil. We should bear in mind that even though it is an inner oriented organization, it is still a tool only. The tool could be functional or not functional, but it is the people behind the tool who leads the way. The tool itself will never be evil or holy, but the human beings behind it would.
It is another form of human organization besides the external democratic design.
Mao's form is like a living body, not a lifeless concrete factory building which is composed of bricks and cements. And Mao had only very limited years to try out his inner Government. It might need ten thousand years to make it complete and acceptable for everyone.
And his idea of the country is from ancient China, mixed with Marxism later. Ancient Chinese believes a country is the extension of a family.
Chairman Mao had not come to such an idea. However, he was very close to it.
How do you "run" a country like a family?
He uses a party to run a country. It is very much the same as religious ruling. But it is not the same.
A party is like veins and nerves in a human body. Every cell is connected by the party.
Veins and nerves are like hidden tubes in the human body.
In the early days of Mao, he was very successful to motivate the party. He won numerous wars. The country had become united in one country and one party. He had lots of inner energies to move the veins.
And people cannot deny that there is really a soul on top of all the blood veins and energy systems.
What is the soul of China?
Pragmatic people need not to care about that. And it could be the most appealing factor of Mao. He is an idealist. He had no problem to tell you about what to do and where to go in the future. And it is an idealistic dream for China, in a future inner form of Government structure, people are working happily for their ideal and living in a place like a grand living being. Work is not boring anymore, because, every work has a meaning. And that means, life is meaningful.
It is always a puzzle for the world. How can the Chinese pick up the speed so fast? What is the secret behind it? One of the most important secret is here. The Chinese are running an internal and living country. The function of the country is like a single living creature. The leadership of their party is vital in the fast growing of China.
Pragmatism and Idealism are two main streams of thought in China. Mao will be coming back in a not very far away future, no matter which of the streams wins or loses or combines.
The only dispute here is that Mao need not to come back. He is always here.
And the next important thing is, can the Chinese people turn the inner energies into clear and open energies in the future? A visible form of inner government is the proof of a healthy growth.
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