Russia and China

China and Russia’s approach to change are vastly different, almost like night and day. China’s political and economic policy has always been to do things gradually. Whereas Russia believed in going through the necessary changes quickly, so that the hardship would in turn pass just as quickly. In the implementation of their policies, we have seen that China’s approach has led to a 29% of growth in their industrial field. But in comparison, Russia only yielded 15% with their approach. But one must keep in mind that China has more industrial sectors than does Russia, so their job in improving industry is notably easier than Russia’s feat in developing an industry.

Politically, the two nations have the same policies that they held in their economies. China believes in gradually letting the people have more access to political freedom. And again, Russia’s policy has been to flood them all at once with these new found freedoms. Unfortunately Russia’s policy hasn’t been the most naturally feasible approach again. Their people have been suddenly bombarded with all of these new found freedoms they have never experience before. They are like little children let loose in a candy store. There are all of these new things available to them, and most of the younger generation wants too try everything at once. All of these citizens experimenting with their new freedoms are creating political chaos. The Russian citizens don’t have time to savor their new freedoms and are just trying to grab them from left and right. For they are probably afraid that if they don’t take their freedoms quickly, they will leave as quickly as they came. On the !

other hand, China refuses to allow their citizens run the nation. Instead they are continuing to shun democracy. They refuse to have democratic elections, pro-democracy demonstrations, and still censor the press. They are still trying to maintain that wall that separates them from the rest of the world. From a democratic aspect, China’s approach is appalling. China is refusing basic democratic rights that the Western nation citizens take for granted. China is under the misconception that they can give it’s people little crumbs of freedom and keep them from wanting more. China’s leaders think that they can keep controlling that many people for an undetermined amount of time, they don’t realize that once the people know about a better life, nothing can stop them from pursuing that life also. So looking at Russia and China’s political policies, it is safe to say that what is good for the economy may not necessarily be good for the people.

When looking at evolution and physiology, one will also notice that changes naturally happen gradually. Over time, living organisms change and evolve, but the key ingredient is time. Sometimes changes take place over thousands of millions of years, as intended by nature. But when examining a change in nature that occurred spontaneously or quickly, one will notice that the change was usually a fluke, or a by-product of the interferences by mankind. China has taken the natural path, and has gradually succeeded in the short time span that it has be on the market-oriented path. On the other hand, Russia, who chose to take a fast-paced approach is suffering and has not succeeded in changing.

Personally, I believe that the Russian people will try to revert back to communism, but will be stopped, either by force or by will. They people will become so fed up with the hardship they endure and the constant longing for when life was better under the red guard, that they will tr to start a revolt to go back to communism. But their attempts to go back will be defeated by either force (like Tienamin Square) or by will. The Russian economy will continue to slowly improve for about 40 to 70 years until they have reached decent standard of living levels. And after the improvement on the economy, they will realize that democracy will help them, and that there will be an energetic burst to further pursue democracy. I believe that China will continue to improve their industry and will attempt to maintain an iron grip on their people, but will fail. The Chinese will revolt against the suppression of their democratic rights and will try another revolt to receive their right!

s. If the revolt is big enough, and not isolated to one certain sector, but is dispersed nation-wide, then they will succeed. But if it is only a small group, then they will fail.

Six years ago a little girl from my church approached me and asked why the devil existed, and why bad things happen. At the moment I was a little perplexed and did not know what to say. All that came to my mind was that humankind needed a scapegoat to blame for the occurrence of unfavorable incidents. Blaming adverse conditions on the devil is the easy and obvious way out of any situation. All one has to do is to say that the devil was the cause of the situation and wash his hands of the entire problem. At twelve years old, I thought that humanity used the devil as a way to elude responsibility and to ignore the consequences of its actions.

It was not until last year that I realized the answer to the little girl’s question about the existence of evil. In English class last year I read Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible as required reading. According to my English teacher, one theme of The Crucible was that having evil in the world is necessary to balance out the goodness. If either entity overpowered the other, they would throw off the entire balance.

Beside maintaining balance, evilness helps humanity to appreciate the goodness in the world. Without ugliness, a person cannot enjoy beauty. Without misfortune, a person cannot enjoy fortune. And without evilness, a person cannot enjoy goodness. No one could enjoy goodness in the world, because there would be nothing to compare with it. Concerning religion, if there was no devil in the world to make humanity miserable, then it would not look forward to heaven. There would be no difference between the two, so humankind would not have to question its actions because there would not be any consequences such as heaven or hell.

Imagine a world where everything is perfect, and there is no suffering. Natural laws are bent at the hint of harm to humanity. If a plane carrying passengers starts to plummet, gravity ceases and the plane floats down to earth like a feather. Or if a gun is shot at a person, the bullet turns into a marshmallow so it will not harm anyone. In that world there is no pain nor suffering, just existence. The people do not have to adapt to their environment, because the environment adapts to them. I find this version of life frightening, because the people would take everything for granted. They would take surviving a fatal wound or sickness for granted and consider it a normal occurrence. No one would value life or its complexities, they would take for granted that nature would be responsible and take care of them.

Although it may seem like a perfect world where no one suffers or dies, it is not because this blissful world limits their perspective on life and living. The absence of suffering brings along with it the absence of appreciation. Ignorance to pain to some is considered a blessing, after all there is a saying that “Ignorance is bliss”. Take into consideration the life of a dog. A dog lies around the house happy and content in its own little world, happily sleeping and eating all day long. The dog seems to have the perfect life with no worries but it does not. Dogs cannot cherish listening to Beethoven or discuss the main characters predicaments after watching a movie. They cannot appreciate the feeling one gets after reading a wonderful book or completing a challenging task. Because of a dog’s inability to face obstacles and difficulties, it cannot experience victory or defeat like humans can. Dogs cannot perceive the wonderful feeling you get after finishing a thou!

ght provoking book because they cannot read and then ponder right or wrong actions and their consequences. Dogs do not perceive intellectual pain or suffering and so they cannot comprehend and value overcoming adversities.

After six years, I finally know the answer to the little girl’s question. The reason there is a devil and why bad things happen is because humanity needs it to exist. Without anguish, one cannot fully appreciate pleasure. In order for someone to appreciate fully what life offers they cannot be ignorant to life’s hardships. So now I ask you, what would you rather be, the dog content with its unchallenging, simple life, or the person who is cognizant of good and evil, and it’s ramifications, and chooses his thoughts and actions based on his value and ethics.

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