Monday, April 20, 2009
Jackie Chan's democracy
This is an extract from the news, Yahoo on 20-4-2009;
HONG KONG - Action star Jackie Chan 's comments wondering whether Chinese people "need to be controlled" have drawn sharp rebuke in his native Hong Kong and in Taiwan .
Chan told a business forum in the southern Chinese province of Hainan that a free society may not be beneficial for China 's authoritarian mainland.
"I'm not sure if it's good to have freedom or not," Chan said Saturday. "I'm gradually beginning to feel that we Chinese need to be controlled. If we're not being controlled, we'll just do what we want."
He went on to say that freedoms in Hong Kong and Taiwan made those societies "chaotic."
Chan's comments drew applause from a predominantly Chinese audience of business leaders, but did not sit well with lawmakers in Taiwan and Hong Kong.
(source:Associated Press writer Annie Huang in Taipei,via Yahoo news. The photo of Jackie Chan was by TimVickers of US Navy, credited to him)
Some politician from Hong Kong and Taiwan said it is an insult to Chinese, and the comment is racist, on the statement that Chinese need to be controlled. I did not read the whole statement from Jackie Chan, but the statement that Chinese need to be controlled is of no wisdom, and can considered racist, why only Chinese? Freedom or Democracy need to be controlled, that will be a better statement from him and even I may not agree with his statement, but I will respect his personal view.
But if we look deeper, Chan's statement may have some wisdom, I may not totally agreed with him on the statement mentioned specifically for Chinese; but I do agree that democracy and freedom need to have limit or controlled, with rules. There is no absolute democracy,you can do anything you want base on your individual right. Democracy is demon go crazy, according to one Chinese scholar, Koh Hong Beng(辜鴻銘)1857-1928(who is from Penang). I now understand his wisdom and why he said that. Any excess freedom without the consideration of human life, or the other human's right is not beneficial democracy. Democracy is for the people, by the people; any political process is for the benefit of people, not just a specific person on their own agenda or platform. Look at the recent demonstration in Thailand, the democracy process to exercise of their right on freedom of demonstration, freedom of gathering. When they occupied the airport, when violence started, and physically attacked happen; and emotion turn wild.... it is no more beneficial to people anymore, whichever party or ideology they represented. Looked at the Cultural Revolution of China, the freedom to criticize by the youth, and when emotion turn wild,which the country failed to control, had resulted in many lives lost and chaotic situation for the nation. America is the advocacy of complete perfect democracy, the gun ownership issue, has caused life lost of innocent people. Freedom for who? democracy for whose benefit? There must be rules for the political game called freedom or democracy... otherwise when without control and the emotion go wild,the demon go crazy...and people not benefited.What is the use of democracy,just an ideology.
The founder of America were God abiding, and understand the human nature well. In the American dollar notes it is clearly printed " In God we trusted". There is control in democracy based on the Christian philosophy,In God We Trust, the rule and control of democracy, anything against God's teaching, we will not do it. America was then developed in rapid rate, a country whole world respected. There is restraint in their freedom and democracy, the founder of the greatest and biggest democracy country in the world understand true democracy. Looked at what happen to day, when we focus on individual human right(rather than people's right), the greedy wall street people caused the global financial crisis, and there was no control by the US government on the wall street based on liberation of capital market. The US contagion effect affect the whole world.... because they respect individual right more than the people right.
Looked at Singapore, and asked who benefit on the orderly society of Singapore; is the country progress... of course there may be some opposition...then so what? as long as people are happy, human are respected, and they can find peace and good living.....
When individual democracy conflict with people democracy(society or national democracy),which freedom or human right to prevail? Individual benefit or people benefit(society benefits)?... or country benefit? or global benefit?.Politic is for the benefit of people, whatever academic terms you called it , democracy, capitalism, socialism, communism, dictatorship.. if not for the benefit of people, it is merely academic exercise of politician, and their hidden personal agenda. History had proven that.
True democracy or absolute democracy or demon crazy?.....I wonder.........
Jackie Chan, I may not be your loyal fan; but on this point, I may agreed with you in a way.....