The more impoverished one’s knowledge is, the easier it is to possess a sense of courage and pride out of nowhere. The more impoverished one’s knowledge, the more absolute their beliefs become – because they have never even heard or seen viewpoints that contradict their own.

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Why do we need to speak loudly

It’s not just the very few who are fake, evil, and ugly that corrupt societal morals, but also the silent majority. Society is vast, and it’s natural for the vanguard to run fast. The elite shouldn’t let vested interests determine their alliances, nor should they oppress others with a sense of superiority. Instead, they should bravely step forward, discern right from wrong with conviction, and drive the progress of the entire society. If we, the young people who have received higher education, can only laugh and joke around with memes, then it’s unlikely the world will become a better place.

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The Pitfalls of Blindly Following in China

Chinese people: would you care about how an Indian scholar understands China? Most ordinary people probably wouldn’t care. But when European and American scholars or even journalists talk about China from their perspectives, many people will care, become nervous, and even revise their own views and behaviors based on their opinions. Of course, some people will agree and say, “Yes, it is indeed unreasonable and absurd, and I have already thought so.”

It is understandable that foreigners trust their own media, which better reflects their values and language. But what about Chinese people? Do those who just echo others’ opinions really understand China?

By surrendering their judgment to others, they instinctively use values that are completely impossible to understand their own country to guide their own views. In the end, it can only lead to a two-way communication failure: they can only parrot the words and phrases from the European and American world without having their own opinions, and they observe and judge their own country and system from a condescending position, resulting in hasty and rough conclusions.

As mentioned earlier, this group of people usually makes such judgments not because the judgment of the European and American world is more logical or persuasive, but because the Western countries are more powerful and to some extent have more power in disseminating and interpreting facts. Blindly worshiping power, giving up the right and opportunity to think independently is like when you were a child, and your mother thought that the top students would make all the decisions related to or unrelated to their studies correctly because of their good grades. It is a typical result of being influenced by the confirmation bias.

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