Do not underestimate the new generation of “lie flatism”

For some time now, “lie flatism” has been quite popular in China, proclaiming the very simple and straightforward “six no’s”, that is, young people “do not buy houses, do not buy cars, do not get married, do not have children, do not consume The “six no’s” are very simple and straightforward, that is, young people “do not buy a house, do not buy a car, do not get married, do not have a baby, do not consume”, “maintain a minimum standard of survival, refuse to become a machine for others to make money and be exploited slaves.

Some Internet writers, probably worried that this new doctrine is not enough to circulate in the mainland, spread it widely, hoping that the whole world knows it, so the “lay flat doctrine” made this note: originated in China, is a mass spontaneous proletarian movement, opposed to capital exploitation, manifested in a minimum of labor to maintain the existing livelihood or It is a mass proletarian movement that opposes the exploitation of capital.

“Lying flatism” has also drawn official discontent and condemnation, with Chinese official media denouncing it as “shameful” and saying that the practice of “lying flat” without production is detrimental to personal and national development. “Resignation to life can be, lying flat can not”.

I see this is a social trend in today’s China, is living in the bottom of society people take a passive fight against the high pressure of survival of the helpless action. The strange things are viewed together, and the doubts are analyzed together. The reactions are generally similar, but each has a different focus.

The reaction of my Western Australian friend was “very interesting but a bit sad”.

The reaction of a knowledgeable and talented woman was “good summary, but the resistance is not only against the exploitation of capital, but also against the pressure and hardship of survival caused by the oppression and exploitation of power, as well as the helplessness and despair caused by the class structure and the inaccessibility of social resources”.

The response of those who know the Chinese situation is that “if we add the phrase ‘similar to Gandhi’s non-violent non-cooperation movement in India’, perhaps Western society will be able to appreciate it more, after all, Gandhi’s fame and ‘non-violent non-cooperation movement’ are supported and sympathized with in the West. the West is supported and sympathetic.”

What my Indian friend saw in this was: “Interestingly, this is very much like the non-cooperation movement that Mahatma Gandhi successfully launched against British colonial rule.

On closer examination, this “lying flat” has its historical roots in China. In the 1980s, Wan Runnan, the founder of SCT, was a laying flatist, and in his words, “We can’t fight because we are already lying on the ground! Therefore, Wan Runnan threw away his iron rice bowl, picked up a clay rice bowl, and went to the suburban Beijing Four Seasons Green Commune to open SCT, which was a kind of “lying flatism” driven in his heart.

Wan Runnan asked the entrepreneurs at that time to either throw away their iron rice bowls and come to SCT to “become a bandit” or leave SCT and go back to hold your iron rice bowls, either one of them could be chosen. At that time, all the core backbone of SCT chose to “become a bandit”. They were the founders of the glory of SCT later.

Wan Runnan said his “lie flatism” from the earlier two decades of Hou Baolin comic performance, when the slogan “down Hou Baolin” sounded, Hou Baolin will lie down on the ground; said to Hou Baolin wear a high hat, Hou Baolin immediately took out from the body to provide their own high hat Put on the head. Wan Runnan said inspired by this, Hou Baolin belongs to the “lie flatism” of the grandfather. And so on, Wan Runnan is “lying flatism” of the ancestor father.

Hou Baolin this comic has not seen, but listened to. I also appreciate the “lay flat”, in life often use the “lay flatism” to deal with difficult contradictions and conflicts.

To a large extent, “lying flat” has a lot to do with people’s personality, and in fact Zhao Ziyang is also a typical “lying flat” person. When the rebels seized power during the Cultural Revolution, Zhao Ziyang was shocked, and he handed over the big seal of the provincial party committee that he held to the rebels, obediently entered the “cattle shed” and calmly accepted the “confession from leniency, resistance from severity” double regulation of the Cultural Revolution era. In 1989, when the school movement broke out, Zhao Ziyang once again “lay flat” in front of the violent political conflict with Deng Xiaoping, and let China miss that wave of democratization.

As far as I know, an earlier “flatulence” in Chinese history was Sima Yi in the Three Kingdoms. Sima Yi pretended to be sick, and an assassin went to spy on the truth. One night, the assassin came to Sima Yi’s bed and waved his knife at Sima Yi’s vitals. Sima Yi was not in danger and continued to “lie flat”, but escaped the disaster. After the death of Cao Cao’s grandchildren, the change of Gao Ping Ling took over the Cao Wei kingdom in one fell swoop, paving the way for the Jin Dynasty to replace Wei.

Mr. Tao Yuanming, who did not bend for the five buckets of rice, was crowned as “the father of the hermit poets” and “the progenitor of the idyllic poetry school”, moreover, he used “lay flatism” to the perfection.

Therefore, we cannot underestimate the new generation of “lay flatism” in the twenty-first century, which may produce the effect of “the wind rising at the end of the green weeds” for the future political changes in China.