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Merry Christmas! Yet Christmas is not for everyone…

December 25, 2009

Indoctrination at work

This picture really bothers me. It is just not right. What do these young kids know about “God” and Christianity? Probably nothing. They were there most likely because their parents, who I assume are devout Christians brought them there and taught them to be like this. What sets them apart from those kids affiliated with the YPC and the Hitler Jugend, whom I guarantee will ruffle some feathers among western media and western commentators? Like the kids of the YPC and the Hitler Jugend, these kids were indoctrinated to believe in something they know very little about and that’s what’s not right. 

Nothing against Christmas or Christianity. Not at all. When these kids grow up they should have the free will to believe in anything they want to believe, be it Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Taoism, Confucianism, Communism, 주체사상 or even Nazism (or FLG 쓰레기). Just don’t force your own belief, whatever it is onto these children who are completely vulnerable to manipulation of all sorts. 

To the real Christians out there, Merry Christmas! To the rest of us out there, enjoy the festive atmosphere and have a good weekend.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. December 26, 2009 10:19 am

    “…these kids were indoctrinated to believe in something they know very little about and that’s what’s not right…Nothing against Christmas or Christianity. Not at all. When these kids grow up they should have the free will to believe in anything they want to believe”

    As indoctrination goes there are worse examples than Christianity in terms of generating feelings of hatred towards non-members, but your point is well taken.

    Which is why I’m a bit surprised that you have often been so defensive when I’ve criticised the CCP for its blatant abuse of Chinese media and education to the same ends.

  2. December 26, 2009 11:54 am

    stuart,

    What I am particularly against is bringing up someone as a _____________, wheter be “Christian”, “Buddhist”, “Muslim” orwhatever, feel free to fill in the blanks. Just because you have certain beliefs it doesn’t make it right to force your kids to have them.

    You are critical of the CCP often simply because they are the CCP, no matter what they do you are going to be critical anyway. Blatant abuse of Chinese media? Yes, I concur but it is getting better. Blatant abuse of Chinese education? No I don’t buy that as there is nothing wrong with teaching children to be patriotic anywhere.

    • December 27, 2009 10:46 am

      “Just because you have certain beliefs it doesn’t make it right to force your kids to have them.”

      I’ve never agreed more with anything you’ve said.

      “Chinese education? No I don’t buy that as there is nothing wrong with teaching children to be patriotic anywhere.”

      I can live with the patriotism, although it is a precursor to its more dangerous cousin nationalism. The area of Chinese education that I really object to is the lack of open discourse on topics that are way more nuanced than ‘this is the way it was because we say so’ or ‘don’t ask questions, just repeat after me’.

      • December 27, 2009 10:53 am

        “The area of Chinese education that I really object to is the lack of open discourse on topics that are way more nuanced than ‘this is the way it was because we say so’ or ‘don’t ask questions, just repeat after me’”.

        Ditto.

        stuart, where do you see the line between patriotism and nationalism being drawn?

  3. December 30, 2009 11:31 am

    “stuart, where do you see the line between patriotism and nationalism being drawn?”

    I have no idea. But I think if upbringing and education is undertaken openly and responsibly individuals grow up with a sense of where to draw that line for themselves.

    • December 30, 2009 11:42 am

      “But I think if upbringing and education is undertaken openly and responsibly individuals grow up with a sense of where to draw that line for themselves.”

      Good point. I guess then they are open to individual explanations and interpretations, which is great! My own interpretation of “nationalism” is something of an active rather than reactive nature (which seems to have been overwhelmingly the case) and it is not necessarily a bad thing. I embrace nationalism but I reject xenophobia and the blind pursuit of so-called “national interest” at the expense of other things, including the interests of other countries.

      What bothers me is the blanket label western media usually assign, i.e. “nationalism” has become a moniker that is exclusively reserved for non-western, third-world developing countries, including former western colonies as if no such thing exists in the west.

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