3/26/2008 | Report | Deborah Fallows
Many Americans assume that China's internet users are unhappy about their government's control of the internet, but a new survey finds most Chinese say they approve of internet regulation, especially by the government.
Putting ideas in people's heads that then tempt them to fall into doing that which is harmful to others and to themselves (the two always go together due to the ripple effect) is the proverbial fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
The terms "knowledge," "good," and "evil" are semantically understood here. They are contextually understood. That's a huge subject in itself. In fact, the subject touches upon everything when exhausted.
The Chinese people in the PRC (People's Republic of China) by and large are convinced that it is wise to be insulated by a vanguard who it is hoped won't abuse their position.
This issue of ceding control is alive in the U.S., because many in the U.S. have been raised on stories of historical events laying out that the more consolidated power becomes in the hands of a few or one, the more harm has resulted, not because every group and every individual is equally corrupt, but because sooner or later (usually sooner), the corrupted and corruptible weasel there way into authority and severely abuse it.
This doesn't just concern what is considered political office but also those who bring forth via commerce. This is also why America was founded on the experiment of checks and balances and why people in public office were set up to further set the limits of commerce. Unfortunately, checks and balances still function on mutual agreement.
We've seen quite clearly that George W. Bush and his kind (and they are a kind apart) agree in public; however, in private, they deride the suckers (those who trust them or the system). The U.S. Constitution is "just a God damn piece of paper," George W. Bush is reported to have said before several credible witnesses.
Well, it is a God damn piece of paper relative to the New Commandment; however, that's not the point. The point is that George W. Bush and his kind literally do sucker people with it. Real Christians won't do that. Also, real Christians know that the U.S. Constitution is a document of partial-truths the true sentiments of which ought not to be discarded but rather fulfilled, as Jesus fulfilled the Mosaic law by taking its spirit in the righteous direction to the ultimate logical conclusion (divine).
George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld (who very much still has the ear of Bush and Cheney), et al., on the other hand, take the parts that are false in spirit and build upon those in the false direction to the wholly illogical end that is death in terms of which Jesus spoke.
What of the Chinese? The censorship by the Communist Party (CCP) (never truly communist in the way Jesus was truly communist) keeps the people from learning Jesus's way. Unfortunately for all of them, that means they don't live in any of the truth (real truth).
The reason the CCP and the Neocons and others ignore and censor with all their might the real message of Jesus (giving and sharing all, pacifism, sexual purity, serving as the last — making the server first) is because that message overturns everything for which the CCP and Neocons stand to varying degrees in their mixed bag (greed, selfishness, violence, coercion, elitism, being served rather than serving as the least, sexual license, lying, etc.).
Is it wrong to censor? No, of course it isn't. It is required of one that he or she self censor. Clean house, but then don't ever let the evil spirit back in. If it gets in, clean it out again and again and again, forever.
It is important to understand the power of temptation (that which ought not to be manifested) especially upon the young. This is not to cover evil. Evil must still be rooted out to be prevented.
At the same time, it is important that the people not have heathens as their shepherds, as Jesus viewed heathenism. Heathens are incapable of knowing. They will invariably lead into temptation and further falling.
So, whom do you then trust? You trust those who preach and do giving and sharing, pacifism, and sexual purity both publicly and privately with all their mind, body, soul, and strength. You trust those who do their utmost to live up to the New Commandment in all that is implied by Jesus's words and deeds together. You trust the community of true believers in all of this who strive mightily to do it. They are not heathens.
How do you ensure this system? You do it by doing exactly what Jesus said to do:
16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. — Jesus Christ; Matthew 18:16-18 (KJV)
If you don't believe in temptation, in the power of evil put in people's faces over and over, just make a concerted effort to be aware. Watch what exposure does, especially concerning the behavior of children. Look for the cause and effect. Watch for the consequences. When behavior turns unruly (selfish, violent, depraved), including your own, retrace steps to the sources of the unruliness. It may take digging into hidden behaviors, but you can be absolutely certain it is there. If you can't pinpoint it, it definitely doesn't ever mean it isn't there. It's just eluding you.
In the vernacular, this process is called "connecting the dots." The saying "follow the money" is part of this process of discernment. Follow the lust might be more helpful. Follow the selfishness will definitely work.
What are we to do when we find the source? Well, do what Jesus said to do. Point out hypocrisy and selfishness and call for the removal of hypocritical behavior. Call for unselfish behavior (the absence of hypocrisy). Call only for what is always beneficent and therefore never harmful.
It is this set of principles that is not being taught or being put to the fore. Evil seeks to quash these principles. It is up to you acting individually and in concert with us to bind evil and loose righteousness on Earth.
If you read this and turn your back rather than help now, how will you escape damnation?