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Newtown Post time: 2015-7-29 16:28
Even if you were a Chinese person who had lived for a long time in China would that qualify you to ...
Let's not pick on the nitty gritty. There is no point going on like this. Your point is that every individual must have a voice and have the right to choose their government. Fine enough. However, we are all different individuals who live in a community amongst other people. To live peacefully, there must be some compromises. If one is to enforce his/her beliefs on others, there will be confrontation. Expect that.
You come from an environment where you are taught that communism is evil and only "democracy" is good. Isn't that the same as "wearing military style uniforms and waving little red books to expunge any show of individuality"? You could not even tell me what democracy is and yet you blindly promote it. There is a saying that goes like this which I will paraphrase: Before you remove the speck from another's eyes, remove the log/beam in your own first. Furthermore, what brings peace to people to allow them to live a good life is not a change of political ideology but good governence. Without good governence, the people will suffer, regardless of what political ideology they have. Look around the world and see for yourself.
You ask me whether I can describe the view of the Fuzhou fisherman. Well, I can't now but if I want to, I will go to live with them, immerse myself in that environment, remove whatever prejudice I have about them, learn about them and I will make some progress and see from their perspective. You claim to have lived many years in China and yet you have failed to do that. You have kept your own prejudice based on your indoctrination about "democracy" and dogmatically hold on to it without fully understanding it. How can you then suggest what is good for Hong Kong or China? I am not saying you can't voice your opinion but you have to expect to be challenged. This reminds me of "freedom of speech".
"Freedom of speech" comes with full responsibility. You can't just say what you want and get away with it. I know many people think that way. Irresponsible speeches have caused chaos, misunderstandings and confusions. Do you want that for China or you just don't care?
Your point of contention is that individual rights prevails whatever the outcome and Hong Kong must have that against China mainland. My stand is that this kind of attitude brings no peace and welfare for the people but only selfishness and strife. We live in a world of people with different personalities, beliefs and habbits and there is no "one-size-fits-all" solution--only compromise.