Thursday, October 22, 2009
Blog for week of the 19th
From the discussion questions, I think people rebel because most obviously they do not agree with authority. In some ways, people feel that just stating your disdain for certain government platforms and regulations isn't enough and isn't justification enough for why you are against said platforms; these people want action and see that the only way to make a statement and perhaps make a change is by implementing rebellions or protests to make their voices heard to whomever is listening. Those "rebels" who deface buildings and cause violence in certain terms, are defeating the purpose of their cause: people only see their violence and therefore the rebels' ideals are blundered. While, peaceful protests may still not accomplish all, they are still standing for their cause by not turning to violence (usually their cause surrounding anti-violence in some way). Like that of the Tiananmen Square protests- the protesters were peaceful, but because they stood for exactly opposite of the government, the People's Liberation Army killed hundreds and injured many more protesters. While, the events that happened are sad and unfortunate, the Chinese government was seen in condemnation for their violent acts, therefore the protesters somehow proved that without Yaobang, there was corruption, even if it was through sad and horrifying ways.