When defiance is strong, engineer an artifact of defection. China is, in fact, writing a new book on ‘The Art of the war’, except the author is not Sun Tzu and the war is against its own people, brutally subjugating them towards sanitized views by the institution. The model is not new neither restricted to China.
Across geographies and over the tides of history, this institutional subterfuge is rampant and prevalent. A few centuries back, when (religious) ideologies rolled across continents, crusaders tried doing that in the Middle East, later the Spanish did that with the new world, Islam did that in the Indian subcontinent, Iran and the Middle East.
Ideologies were not alone to decimate and dominate amongst the unexposed and unprepared. There is a litany of examples that show the state machinery sporadically dominating and influencing the will of the people. Those who were Brutal were called dictators, while those who maintained sanity and balanced the needs of the populace were called Aristocrats and Oligarchs. Despite this, the human struggle continued and the models of governance continued to be insufficient. Democracy was thus born from these nonchalance and ill accommodation of plural views. However, we see that power corrupts and absolute power does produce politicians and bureaucrats.
China is by far an exception. It has all the will and fangs required for machinery to brainwash and prevail its state-dominated views. To me, its a poultry, where every chicken is offered great antibiotic supplemented food, live at an optimal temperature, get great sleep and live peacefully until the life cycle ends. However, in China and elsewhere, humanity is dealing with this brutal and relentless engineering and dominance of views.
Emergence of the right-wing radicopaths, corrupt democracies and unleashing of feudal nepotism are introducing inaptness. Add to that is a crass materialism and chasm created by advancing technology is creating a heady mix of fizz that is bound to explode and revolt. Humanity is still grappling with a new model to deal with this atavistic greed not that it is in dilemma. Its Survival instinct is strong to give way to deal with these happening and when that actually emerges, neither China nor faith-based ideologies or the governance through inapt democracies would work. The protests in Hong Kong represent those early signs of that emerging phenomenon.
Lennon wall is the apt description for the evolving human experience while experimenting with their freedom and individuality. Lennon Wall is not specific to Hong Kong. The idea was conceived and initiated by John Lennon to represent and express human perspective on local and global causes through graffiti.
Scuffles at Hong Kong’s sticky note ‘Lennon wall’
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