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How should we live before democracy?

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When Chinese people write blog articles, their meaning is often subdued and slightly nuanced, they are less willing be to direct and straightforward. Or, even if it seems that they are being direct, they will have hidden meanings embedded in what they say. While some topics are just sensitive no matter what in China, democracy is one of those that might be sensitive or might not, depending on the context. On one hand, for example, Yu Keping, the deputy director of the Central Translation Bureau, wrote an essay (and then a book) entitled “Democracy is a Good Thing” and this article was widely published and praised among Chinese media and officials. On the other hand, Charter 08, a petition advocating democracy in China caused the government to interrogate and threaten many of the petition’s original writers. Hence, most Chinese thinkers choose the more nuanced, indirect route. The following essay is written by a blogger who often discusses democracy:

How should we live before democracy?
by  Yang Hengjun (杨恒均)

I saw this subject heading in an article in Blog China, although that article did not answer this question, it prompted me to think about the topic. Of course, I know that I too cannot answer this question. I have talked about the question of what we can do to make democracy come earlier (i.e. “Using a Harmonious Mindset to Drive Democracy in China”), however, that sort of “pointing fingers” is entirely different from teaching people how to truly live.

“Living” should be above politics; it should be above “democracy.” Democratic governments have only been around for little more than a hundred years, and before this, humanity was still “living.” Hence, even though democracy can change a part of our lives, make life more worthwhile, we still have to know how to live before democracy arrives – and, for most people, it will be “non-democratic living.”

Blog China has a blogger who criticizes promoting democracy, and says that advocates of universal human values (that is to say, Enlightened individuals) must be responsible to Yang Jia of Shanghai (Explanation: Yang Jia broke into a police station at night and used a knife and killed four police officers when he moved to Shanghai because he felt wrongly accused about something very minor). Their logic is, if you don’t excessively advance individualism and human rights and teach the populace to be hostile to the values of the government, would Yang Jia become that angry and resort to killing?


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