The boy who knew too much: a child prodigy

This is the true story of scientific child prodigy, and former baby genius, Ainan Celeste Cawley, written by his father. It is the true story, too, of his gifted brothers and of all the Cawley family. I write also of child prodigy and genius in general: what it is, and how it is so often neglected in the modern world. As a society, we so often fail those we should most hope to see succeed: our gifted children and the gifted adults they become. Site Copyright: Valentine Cawley, 2006 +

Thursday, January 22, 2009

China's confession of guilt.

China has implicitly confessed its guilt in the matter of human rights and the suppression of dissent. It did this in the most public and clear manner possible: censoring President Obama's Inaugural Speech.

When President Obama referred to communism and later to dissent, Chinese TV stations cut away from his speech. The matters they censored included these words: "Recall that earlier generations faced down communism and fascism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions," and "To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist."

Later, China did a clean up job on websites, taking down all references to the offending words.

No clearer confession of guilt could there be, than to react in this manner to those words. Why would a government seek to prevent its people from hearing those words? It would only do so if: a) the words applied to China and b) if the people of China would realize that those words applied to China. The action, in itself is a plain confession of guilt.

Look at what is being confessed to: "...those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent..." These words are harmless in the ears of those who have done no harm: they only wound those to whom they apply.

There is hope, though, in the Chinese action - for it shows that they are aware of their own nature. It is harder to reform someone who persists in believing that there is nothing wrong with themselves. In China's case, they are all too aware of what is wrong with them - they just don't want their people to know, too (if they haven't already twigged).

I am left to wonder what China's people think of a state coverage of the Inauguration of a superpower President, being censored. What would they conclude? What would they think they are missing? Would such censorship backfire and spread mistrust of their own government?

It seems to me that a state that does what China is doing is a state that has a short future. There is only so long that a people can stand being manipulated in this way. The censorship, in itself, tells the people what is being done - and that should be message enough to let them know what is happening, even if they never get to hear President Obama's words to them of hope.

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