The following is a translation of an essay from Fenqing Net. It was originally posted in July, but is one of the essays they’ve been highlighting on the front page in honor of National Day. Before you fire up your “Communist shills!” comments, we remind you that we don’t always agree with everything we translate.
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.
When I was young our family was poor, so I witness firsthand the relentless improvements in [our] lives. [These days,] people who build their family fortune without a background or a patron are numerous, those who rely on their hard work to buy cars and houses are also many. So what injustice and corruption are you talking about? If you aren’t taking care of yourself, how can you complain about others? Society has provided enough opportunity and space for everyone, if you are capable you can [succeed]! If you haven’t been able [to succeed], it’s because you’re incapable, it’s that simple!
China’s situation now is very difficult, there is domestic trouble and foreign invaders. Tibetan independence, Xinjiang independence, Taiwan independence, in the east Japan persists with their evil intentions […], in the north Russia is anti-China and has always been eyeing us covetously, India is massing troops to the south, Vietnam, Indonesia, and other third world countries in Southeast Asia are constantly stirring up conflict…then there’s the financial collapse and natural disasters. Actually, in these times, if you’re living well, what is there to complain about? I don’t get it, don’t understand, I’m bitterly disappointed.
Imagine we are children. Mother has a bad temper, and occasionally makes mistakes. Sometimes she curses you, and occasionally beats you. But she bore and raised you through childhood, and worked hard her whole life for your happiness. When you run across one of her mistakes, would you complain, oppose, and betray her? I think that one should look at one’s country with the same principle!
Common people’s patriotism can’t always be on a large scale, but at least don’t complain, oppose, or betray. Tolerate more, support more, understand more, dependably take care of your own issues, this is the greatest kind of patriotism…