From: Grant Callaghan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue 04 Mar 2003 - 17:03:32 GMT
Young people could not care less about the re-packaged role model. "I
have always thought he was phony," sneered one on the Internet. Others say
that Lei Feng is a simple-minded abstraction of revolutionary values. Let
him rest in peace.
And Jefferson kept slaves. Yes, [...] is a simple-minded abstraction of
That's also his charm.
So- what is extinct here?
A way of looking at their world. An illusion created by the communist party
in an attempt to make Chinese people not want to emulate Western values.
It's interesting to me that such a small thing as a wristwatch could bring
forth the strong emotions of people who lived under that illusion and little
or no emotion in people who didn't.
Basically, though, the article was meant to be a comment on earlier posts
regarding human nature and the way people feel about members of their
society who refuse to share with others. It doesn't just apply to Eskimo
tribes but to every culture I've come into contact with, which suggests it
may be a genetic as well as a cultural trait.
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