The Kleveland Kracker Korner
Dear Readers :
I'm certain that most of you have figured out by now that these articles entitled " If You Go Carrying Pictures Of Chairman Mao " #'s 1 , 2 , and 3 are my way of explaining to you all why I don't think China will ever rule the world in spite of the current political / economic orthodoxy spewed by The Higher Minds of The Western World which can't sing China's praises loudly enough or long enough. RELAX guys it isn't going to happen.
The reason China will never rule the world are rooted in a few basic aspects of the Chinese culture and mentality.
1. The vast majority of the Chinese people suffer from fecal occulus. That is known as shitty outlook for you lay people. The vast majority of the Chinese people have an absolutely shitty attitude about life in general and business in particular.
2. The education system. The Chinese education system is based upon rote learning. The ONLY thing that is important in China is to pass the test. To do that you need to know the answers. You do NOT need to know how or why something came to be the way it is. The details are unimportant. Creative thinking and critical analysis are discouraged to the point that if you persist in exercising those traits and you annoy the wrong person by doing so you may find yourself in very serious trouble. Chinese people believe that they can never be more than a slave on Chairman Mao's Plantation.The think the highest aspiration they can have is to be a " House Slave ".
Now imagine the Chinese mind fuck they endure when they get a crazy ass American teacher that DEMANDS these things from them? LoL I LOVE my job. If torturing Chinese students were an Olympic Sport I'd win the Gold Medal every time. lol I can only dream
3. Political corruption. I'm sure this doesn't surprise any of you. EVERYBODY knows that when there is only one game in town then you can bet the house that the game will be rigged. Corruption is rampant throughout the Chinese system. I realize that it's corrupt in the American system also but the difference is American politicians are smart enough to leave the populace just barely enough to survive but the Chinese politicians will take EVERYTHING if they so choose. Who ya gonna call Commie Busters?
I'll now give you a couple of examples of these phenomena which I've been dealing with this week. As follows below.
Strange things have an uncanny way of happening at the most inopportune times in China. My cell phone ran out of time on Chinese New Years Day. Now as I've explained to you in previous chapters China comes to a standstill during New Years and Spring Festival.
So here I am in a Chinese city on vacation alone and without a phone because the cell phone company is CLOSED for The New Years Celebration and NOBODY knows for how long. In China the cell phone companies are owned by the government so apparently they can do whatever the Hell they damn well please and are NOT obligated to inform anybody of their plans. Now correct me if I'm wrong but when China came into the W.T.O. weren't they supposed to open up ALL their markets to foreign competition? Wasn't the government supposed to get out of ALL of their previously owned State Owned Enterprise? And here we are 20 something years later and it STILL hasn't happened. And here I am in a foreign city by myself unable to get cell phone service because nobody can tell me how to solve the problem? Worse yet nobody gives a damn about my problem. Can any of you imagine a Western cell phone company with such abysmal business practices?
These ideas and practice of the Chinese are rooted in ancient thought and STILL pervade their society 5,000 years into it now. This particular one is rooted in the concept that " Nothing Or Nobody In All Of China May Move Faster Than The Napping Panda Of Sichuan " How nice it would be if somebody would drive a stake through the heart of this ancient philosophy and for once and all kill the beast and then drag China and the Chinese people into the 21 st Century kicking and screaming if necessary. There is a saying in China that states " The ox is slow but the Earth is patient " I think the world is beginning to run out of patience with China. What do you think?
Earlier this week I wanted to send a gift for a friend home to America and since there was no particular rush and it's cheaper I decided to use the Chinese post office. HUGE mistake on my part. Trust me friend if you ever come to China you'll want to avoid ALL contact with Chinese Civil Servants. Now I'm sure you think it's horrendous in America and it is but American Civil Servants can't even begin to compare to their Chinese compatriots in the Chinese Government in the stupidity and laziness departments. This is what I was told. " Well sir due to the fact that it Chinese New Year and due to the fact that the Asian Games which took place in Guangzhou just concluded we can't guarantee that your package will get to it's destination." Did you understand that clearly? It was not that they couldn't guarantee that it would get there on time but rather that they couldn't guarantee that it would get there AT ALL !! Your Civil Servants at work for you. lol Now I've been in China long enough to know what he was really saying to me. He just didn't FEEL like doing the necessary work required and he was pissed that I was sending it the cheapest way possible.Now keep in mind that this gentlemen is a Civil Servant. His dreams and aspirations have come true. He is a " House Slave " House Slaves in China are very annoying and sometimes very dangerous because they've managed to attain some low level fairly inconsequential power that will allow them to make your life a living Hell. Who ya gonna call -- Commie Busters?It's not wise to cross them. I frequently do. It's good sport. lol Ultimately I ended up shipping the package with Fed Ex at FIVE times the cost. Some things are worth it no matter the cost. For me avoiding the stress and aggravation of having to deal with these Dumbasses is worth the increased cost 99 % of the time.
By the way Civil Servants are the same the world over. I suggest that you read my article " The International University Of The Perpetually Intellectually Challenged. " Just click on the link
Well that will conclude our discussion for today. I'll see you soon for " If You Go Carrying Pictures Of Chairman Mao # 4 "
zaijian wo de pengyoumen / good bye for now my friends.
The slide show is of various residential alleyways or as the Chinese call them hutongs in the Liwan section of Guangzhou. China as it was in other words.
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