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UYA Post time: 2015-3-25 23:34
You misunderstand my words.
Just as America has become more and more material.
China is too.
If " you know who you are" I honestly wouldn't be asking.
And based on what, do you believe that China can become less material? From what I have seen China is more material than the states and it will take a lot to shift this mindset, It has basically become a new modernist capitalist superpower. Changing to a non-materialistic society will take nothing short of complete upheaval or a good few decades of brainwashing. You live in Harbin, how can people on 3000 a month be walking around with Iphone 6+ ?
I do not disagree with what the CPC has done for the Chinese people, I just thinking that it's a sort of get out of jail free clause putting the ills of the world at America's (or the west, still not sure) feet. They are not without blame, sure. But many modern issues of China, individualism (as in separation of people from community), materialism, apathy...these weren't imported. There is more going on here than just corruption too, rampant profiteering, exploitation of the masses, wage gap between rich and poor, divorce rate....just like the many of the western nations. China's societal issues are in fact compounding with it's growing economy. Such is the price you pay for modernism. When you put the economy first and the people second, like many western countries have done, you only have yourself to blame for the issues that arise with a modernist nation. Economy is the scale we judge countries by, sadly however it overlooks the loss of society, the qualities of people in order to achieve it's ambitions.
China is in a unique position however, right now it still has the potential to change things but the other issue is the sheer scale of any change in China. It's probably better to treat China more like a continent than a country. Trying to change over 1 billion people's thoughts, habits, way of living is going to be an uphill struggle even for the smallest nation. It will take a lot of money, a lot of time, and a lot of taxing of the rich, something I am sure they won't be happy with.