Neal Freeland

Engineering/marketing manager, family guy. My personal blog with a few work thoughts mixed in.


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The summer Olympics opened in Beijing on Friday August 8, 2008 at 8:08 pm (eight being an auspicious number in China, as well as my lucky number). The opening ceremony was epic, and a cast of thousands rendered a spectacular show. One favorite: 2008 confucian scribes in long flowing blue robes surrounded a printing press (which China invented) of movable type, the blocks undulating in wave patterns. It seemed programmed by computers and run by hydraulics, but was actually choreographed humans. I could imagine the pride of Chinese citizens at this display, feeling like they were taking their place again as a great power, and welcoming the world so beautifully. It was very moving.
Still, I wonder if they are also proud of their form of government. The Communist party long ago ditched ideology in favor of effectiveness (in economics, diplomacy, and now sports), and re-establishing the pride of a long suffering nationalism. The few Chinese citizens I’ve had the chance to ask about their government seem to have no opinions at all on democracy, civil liberties, freedom of press, and other things we take for granted in the west. I wonder how long this system can last, and look forward to someday going to China to learn more.

Written by nealfreeland

August 10, 2008 at 10:25 pm

Posted in Games

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