Friday October 18th 2013 Tim
Chairman Mao was big on the idea of revolution
as an easy substitute for rational thinking. His thought was that
every now and then a social structure needed to be given a jolly good
shake up, to sieve out corruption and imbalance, renew purpose, return
to the cure for original sin by worshipping Mao. It was a lesson
he took from the Long March, during which time he saw what he considered
the best of people, driven by an ideal to sacrifice everything in
pursuit of an imagined and apparently obvious perfection.
The Cultural Revolution, was two
things for Mao. The first was an attempt to cleanse the people of
impurities, the second an opportunity for Mao to regain control of the
party, which had slipped from his grasp during the Great Leap Forward.
Revolution is an upside downing, or a rearrangement of power structures.
When it is driven by a combination of personal ambition within the context
of an idealism, the likes of you and I should remember Mao, his Red Guards
and his Cultural Revolution. It was ten difficult years for the Chinese
People, while their power hungry squabbled for no good reason.