Wednesday, October 8, 2014

An Enlightening Q & A (in a Chinese article) from Inmediahk.com


A salient passage from the article:-

「學生就應該專心學習,之後貢獻社會,此刻浪費光陰投身民主運動,必然得不償失。」有人說。

「如何才叫貢獻社會?不斷為香港經濟貢獻生產力就叫貢獻,為社會發聲就叫浪費?一個社會之所以可以安居樂業,除了健康的經濟發展,不同範疇都會直接影響。 如果人民之間對立分裂嚴重,可以如何團結去發展經濟,建立安穩的社會?如果政治和政策傾斜權貴,基層中產無法分得經濟成果,如何要人民戮力推動社會和經濟 前進?如果人民連基本的發言權也在政權的陰霾下盡失,如何使得人民安心生活?一個民主社會就是可以將社會分裂的問題解決;可以把經濟成果透過政策分給各階 層的人民;可以讓市民透過票源去發聲。我們學生也正從這些方面為社會出力,這些不也是貢獻嗎?再講,誰說學習一家要在家中在學校,街頭也可以是課室,人民 的獨到見解是學習的東西,這都是老師家長不會教的。」有人答。

"Students should focus their attention on their studies, and afterwards contribute to society. If they squander their time on this democratic movement, it is they who will suffer a loss," someone said.

"What is meant by contributing to society? Does the meaning have to be confined to working towards Hong Kong's economic productivity? Why is the act of making our voices heard being labeled as a waste of time and energy? In order for citizens of a society to be able to enjoy a decent and stable life, there are important values to consider other than the benefit of healthy economic development. If public opinion is seriously divided between different factions, how can we ever reach consensus on how to develop the economy and to achieve harmony and stability? If politics and policies are always inclined in favor of the rich and powerful, making it impossible for the lower and middle social strata to share the cake of economic success, how do you motivate all citizens to work for the common goal of achieving social and economic progress? If citizens' basic right to free speech is eroded under an overbearing government, how can the citizens have peace of mind? A democratic society is one that aims to solve the issues that split public opinion; that aims to distribute economic surpluses among all social strata; that allows citizens to voice their opinions through voting. We students are exactly striving to work towards these ends. Is this not a sort of contribution to society? As a digression, who says that learning must be done at home or at school? The streets can be a classroom too. What we learn here are the common people's unique perspectives. These are never taught by parents or teachers," someone answered.


 

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