Re: Xu Youyu (徐友渔): The Spirit of Tiananmen is Strong.
- From: Tienxia <xangdi@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2009 03:24:41 -0700 (PDT)
On Jun 4, 4:22 am, Peter Terpstra <pe...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Xu Youyu (徐友渔): The Spirit of Tiananmen is Strong
Xu Youyu (徐友渔), professor and researcher at Philosophy Institute of The
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), who has spoken about the democracy
movement in China recently this year, writes for the Guardian about the June
For China to leave behind authoritarianism and totalitarianism, there
needs to be a deep change. The 4 June incident at Tiananmen Square was the
catalyst the Chinese people needed.
The 4 June oppressors had heavy weapons, but no sense of history. They
never thought the movement with Tiananmen Square at its heart embodied by
college students was, like the 4 May movement, in possession of a natural
legitimacy and a quality of “patriotism and democracy”. To suppress the
students was not only to become an enemy of the people, but also to earn the
scorned epithet of “reactionary”. They didn’t even think of the fact that,
only 13 years ago, in the same square, they were among the Chinese people who
formed a similar mass movement, who were mercilessly suppressed by the “Gang
of Four”. And that previous bloodbath paled in comparison with this one.
From 1989 to 2009, the psychology of China’s society has undergone an
enormous change. Yet the standard of thought and knowledge of the leaders who
took the political stage after 89 has not changed. They have not absorbed any
lessons from the 89 incident; they took no direction from the process of
democratisation in Taiwan.
By contrast, the Chinese people who experienced and inherited the spirit
of 89 never stopped learning, thinking and probing. They become more mature by
the day. They use their strong will to suffer through the darkness, and use
the light of their thought to welcome the future.
Human kind is like a couple chickens, fighting about a few grains, unknowing
they will be slaughtered within a couple hour.
--Thich Nhat Hanh
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