Great leap forward
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About 4 am one morning I was woken by a crashing sound. I didnâ€™t think much of it but in before I fell asleep someone started banging on our door. I got up to see Wang was there already. A policeman came in brandishing an iron bar. â€śIs he here?â€ť he asked â€śuh..who? What?â€ť we didnâ€™t know what was going on. He brushed quickly past us and onto the balcony. â€śuh.. whatâ€™s going on man?â€ť I asked. It turned out a burglar had been in the upstairs flat and had just leaped over to the building opposite. It was a space of about 2 meters, the roof on the opposite side was about a meter and a half making it an easy jump for a healthy man. I always thought it was quite daft to build apartment blocks so close together especially in a place where people are more than eager to acquire their neighbourâ€™s things. Of course there was nothing to be done so we said goodnight and I went back to bed.
I soon forgot about this incident. One day when I was in town I saw some red banners lining the streets they carried anti-Japan slogans. Sure enough the riots began the media promoted them as the â€śrighteous indignation of the peopleâ€ť but it was obviously a state sponsored politically motivated move. There were nationwide protests, in a dictatorship of the proletariat nothing like this is possible without state backing. The whole issue was a history textbook that didnâ€™t conform to their liking. Granted, education is an important part of the psyche, most of us have been exposed to propaganda our whole lives. I believe how much we assimilate this is up to our own discernment. Anyway, this case of â€śthe pot calling the kettle blackâ€ť (you should see Chinese history books) was blown way out of proportion by the media=state. I personally didnâ€™t feel threatened in anyway, I don't approve of unnecessary aggravation. The Chinese people I talked to about the situation offered the state lines as personal opinions. â€śThe imperialist clique wants to once again lead Japan down the path of aggressionâ€ť (I'm serious, some people actually said this) I was trying hard not to laugh if they only knew what harmless insects Japanese had become.
By chance, at the time I was in an anti-social phase. Shutting myself up in my flat I was conducting a
personal protest of my own. I didnâ€™t want to see anyone for 3-4 days. On the 3rd day some friends phoned
me. I was sitting in my shorts staring at a fly on a bowl and scratching my ear when the phone rang
â€śYeah..what?â€ť I was irritated at having my meditations disturbed. â€śjust wondering .. how things are goin?â€ť they told me about some random Japanese that got jumped by the mobs. I reassured them it wasnâ€™t me not this time at leastâ€¦