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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Atheist China turns spiritual?

We all know that China is an officially atheist nation, as a result of decades-old Marxist ideology that had planted firm roots on the Mainland following Mao's revolution and his creation of a Communist state.

At the turn of the 21st century, sociologists and analysts have found that a surge for spirituality is rising among Chinese citizens. As China's hunger for a sophisticated and modern living grows, the thirst of her people for spirituality and inner peace thrives. Lots and lots of well-educated young Chinese generations are turning towards spirituality, hoping to find a way to cope with the increasing pressures of China's rapid modernization and recent economic boom.

Apart from the traditional Chinese folk religions (eg Taoism and Confucianism), Buddhism is the largest religion in China with adherents numbering as many as 150 million, ie 11.5% of the population. It is also the most favoured religion among government officials (despite membership of the Communist Party requires one to be an atheist), due to its strong historical presence in the People's Republic and also its significant influence on the Chinese culture, architecture, cuisine, languages and ethics.

On the other hand, Christianity is harshly treated by the Communist regime, despite the faith being legally recognized by the state in the forms of Roman Catholicism and Protestantism, along with Buddhism, Taoism and Islam. In spite of this adversity, Christianity is blooming like never before among Chinese citizens and Protestantism fluorishes to become China's fastest growing religion. Estimates have shown that the followers of this world's largest religion to be exceeding 80 million in China alone. On top of that, this number is growing fast annually at high rates.

I sincerely hope that China will soon be embracing the long-anticipated full religious freedom after she tastes the sweetness of her riping prosperity. Even though spirituality undermines the very core of Communism, it does absolutely no harm to the society in its most moderate forms. In fact, religious beliefs enlighten those who are in quest of the pure meaning of life besides inspiring one to be constantly marching forward and helping those who are in need of humanitarian aids. Ain't this beneficial to the society and humanity as a whole?

Life isn't perfect in any way, yet we should try our very best to live it to the fullest. What say you?

Friday, March 10, 2006

Death to the damn PIG!

While fierce and vehement chants of Death to America, Israel and most recently, Denmark are spreading and burning across the Muslim world like a highly contagious disease, I too am being drawn to this trend, today (yeap... T-O-D-A-Y)!

It's kinda rare for me to wake up before noon on weekends. That's why I'm here right now, typing this post early in the morning. I was awakened by my grandma just now and was told that one of our car's windows was smashed by a thief last night (supposed to be this morning, midnight to be precise). I was like, what the hell!?! Later, my mum told me that all the CDs in our car have been stolen. What!?! Shit!!! Besides the overwhelming pirated CDs that I kept in my car, there was one original which I bought with my savings 6 years ago! In fact, it's one of my most treasured and favourite CDs. And now it's gone... G-O-N-E forever!!! :sobs:

I went to bed at nearly 4 this morning, so I begin to wonder at what time did that pig carry out its mission. If that was done before 4, I should've heard it. After all, my room has windows and the car is parked underneath it (my room is situated upstairs). Maybe I wasn't too aware of the sound due to tiredness. And maybe it was too ingenious at taking necessary precautions to avoid producing any sound besides carrying things out meticulously and precisely.

I feel like cursing that rubbish, and I did (typically me! :P). My mum scolded me for cursing as she believe it's bad for us (based on Buddha's teachings). But I just couldn't help it. Arggghhh!!! The one who suffers the most from this incident is meeeeee! Sad but true. :sobs: (again!)

Wait a minute... There's still one CD left in the CD player! It would continue to stay that way if that stupid pig ain't brilliant enough to dig it out from there. Well, at least I'm not paying all the price. This is indeed a nice lil' consolation prize for me. (How I wish that CD was the original one though!)

Don't ever let me find out who the culprit is behind all this... Otherwise, Death to the !@#!*% PIGGG (oops... Sorry mum... I just couldn't help myself, again! :P)!!!