Wednesday, February 23, 2011
陈凯再版/穷富(强弱）vs. 好坏（对错）"Free Beings" vs. "Chinese" Series
The Getty Center, Los Angeles (free to public) 洛杉矶杰提博物馆（博物馆对公众免费）
J. Paul Getty Center in LA 洛杉矶杰提博物馆
Rich or Poor vs. Good or Evil
"Free Beings" vs. "Chinese" Series
陈凯一语： Kai Chen's Words:
穷富（强弱）并不决定人的好坏正恶。 如何致穷（弱）致富（强）却使一个人暴露他的真实品质和他的好坏正恶。 雇员或雇主与好坏对错毫不相干。
Being rich or poor has absolutely nothing to do with determining a person's character, his being good or evil. But how he gets to be poor or how he gets to be rich invariably tells us about the person's character and his being good or evil. What does being employee or employer have anything to do with a person's character/right and wrong??
by Kai Chen 陈凯 (Written 7/4/2006, Reprint 2/23/2011)
I often hear people, especially those on the left or the communists, say that "money is evil and will lead to evil", therefore "capitalism is evil". But if you resort to your own common sense and open your intellectual and spiritual eyes to see the truth, you will find that those societies who oppose money and capitalism are the darkest, most opaque and most corrupt societies, and those who adhere to capitalist principles with a monetary economy are the least opaque and the least corrupt societies. On the contrary, they are often the most open, most transparent, most free and joyful societies.
It takes a person's will, courage and ability to resort to common sense/simple logic to admit this fact and thus question the rotten mottos the leftist camps and the socialist/Marxist societies try to propagate.
When I was in China during the Cultural Revolution, money and accumulation of money were the last concern in people's lives, for there is no money, no food, no electricity, no water, no nothing... People were all extremely poor, barely hanging on to subsistent survival. Yet I have never witnessed and experienced more evil and viciousness from the poor and desperate people who, after being brain-washed by the communists, condemned money and everything capitalism stands for than any other times. They would kill, steal, lie, sell their own bodies and souls, pimp others to sell their bodies and souls, even kill, just to breathe, just to maintain their normal bodily functions -- just to have their own body cavities stuffed with morsels of others' wastes and leftovers just to extract a little physical pleasure...
I had never seen a people so poor, yet so evil and vicious in preying upon others, even upon their own families and their own friends. Yet, it was these "poor and good" people who claimed that "being rich was evil, and money was the root of all evil, and pursuit of self-interests was evil" that had committed the gravest crimes against humanity and against their own conscience/God. They had created the most egregious human degradation, moral degeneration, hunger, envy, death and deceits that no human history that existed had ever witnessed before. Yet, they want (even strive) to be "poor", just to be "pure and good". They had persecuted and killed all the rich and then found they were only a self-castrated bunch incapable of creating wealth and producing values. The only thing they were good at was man-eating, self-castration and self-deception via an extreme addiction to cultural and spiritual narcotics left/manufactured by their eunuch ancestors and modern despots/tyrants in the world.
Even after I came to the US, in my own encounters with some beggars and transients on the streets, I have found only viciousness and shameless self-degradation. For example, if I give some beggars a quarter, not only do they not thank me with appreciation, they would curse me for what they really want was a dollar or more. If I were not a 6'7" athlete, I knew for sure they would rob me right there on the spot. So by showing my pity/sympathy for them, all I have gotten is contempt/hatred from them. And their only aim is to use people's pity and guilt to extract some values -- mostly not really in the form of money, but in the form of power over others for a little self-worth, from others. When I realized the truth behind this kind of being poor and begging/robbing, I stopped giving anything to the beggars on the streets. I have realized that there is only a very narrow difference between a beggar and a robber. Both are parasites. They all have no capacity of producing any values, but great capacity to extract values from those who are capable, by way of deception and (or) by force.
In contrast, most rich people in America are self-made people. (Those who inherit wealth from their parents are usually not respected by a culture of self-reliance.) They have ability and courage to take initiatives and risks in creating values. And often the richest people in America are often the most generous people. They never take their money to their graves. Instead they always donate it to the most needed and benefit the society with their legacy of entrepreneurship. J. Paul Getty Center in LA is a living example. It is a great museum for art lovers, and it is free to all public. J. Paul Getty had donated his entire fortune to establish a foundation to fund the museum for the public. If you have examined those richest people in America, such as Andrew Carnegie, John Rockefeller, etc.., you will find that almost all of them did the similar deeds.
Open your intellectual and spiritual eyes, you will find that the truth is often opposite of what you are taught in schools and by your governments. The truth is often simple, often understood by common sense, often right under your own very eyes. Yet it is up to you to discover the truth, to uphold the truth with tenacity and courage, and to project/imbue your truth-finding mentality to your next generation.