RESPECT (尊重)

This is a short comments about Respect I wrote in Chinese, well, I found it may be useful to some mandarin learner(not a beginner in practice ), so I translated it into English.   

Have fun!

关于尊重这个词语,应该是从近代中国五四运动后随着西方文明思想进入中国后才慢慢被中国人接受的,但实际上,即使今天,这个词也没有融入到中国人的血液中,中国人更强调礼仪,  我想起这个问题并不是要批评中国人,而是从文化源头来讨论这种区别,当然,我不可能讨论的很深刻或者很学术,只是一点点感受而已。

Speaking of respect, probably it was accepted only after the May Fourth Movement in 1919 with the influence of the modern western civilization,  actually, even nowadays, this particular word is still not in the part of ordinary Chinese people’s life, instead,  in favor of the etiquette,  Why I brought this up does not have the intention to judge Chinese people, while discussing the difference from the perspective of the source of culture, obviously I am not able to discuss it deeply or in a academic way, rather than a little feeling about it.

尊重个体和依靠集体始终是一个东西方本质看待事物的不同点,尊重个体就意味着承认个人的权利在一定条件下是至高无上的,而依靠集体,往往会因为所谓的共同目标而牺牲个体,即使个体并没有显著的过错。

Respect individual and collectivism is one of the fundamental disagrees from the point of thinking the world. Respecting individual basically means the right of individual is supreme in some way, yet, collectivism would choose to scarify an individual if it is necessary to achieve a common goal, thought the particular individual is an innocent one without obvious mistake.

对于社会的推动,我也不好说哪一个更好,但现代社会,普遍倾向于尊重个人,保证个人的权利。而且尊重个人,保护私有财产,是商业社会繁荣的基石,而集体主义,往往会沦为少数寡头的权贵资本主义,在权利制衡方面,始终对于普通个人是个噩梦。

For the society movement perspective, I can’t say which one is better, but in modern society, most people have the attempt of individual respect, protect the individual right. Actually , respecting individual, property protection, is the cornerstone of the prosperity of modern commercial society, while collectivism usually became crony capitalism within limited power people, which is oligarchy, in term of power balance, it alway a nightmare for ordinary people.

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