A Little Reflection on Patriotism

ChinaGeeks translates an essay on National Day proceedings from Fenqing.net, a web portal for ‘angry youth’:

In real life and on the internet, one can often see and hear people loudly complaining about the injustices of life and the dark aspects of society. Speaking with righteous anger, if they aren’t talking about corruption they’re discussing the impotence of the government, mocking and complaining, blaming everyone but themselves. They speak as though some incidents [such as the] corruption of officials occurred right in front of their eyes instead of behind closed doors. This kind of person is quite common, and I look down on them. I used to argue with them, but now I just laugh at them. Towards the nation and the government, I feel more supportive and eagerly anticipating, encouraging and grateful. I think this is also a kind of patriotism! But people [feel] they must discuss present-day evils.

Indeed, it’s undeniable that there are irrational and unjust things in society. China still hasn’t eliminated corruption. But why do people always want to focus on this and refuse to let go of it? Society has developed, life has improved, the nation has become prosperous and strong. No one can deny this, so why aren’t there more people paying attention? Treasure a positive attitude, rebuild through one’s own efforts, take care of yourself and live well, this is what is most important.


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