Xunzi (荀子)said, "Human being is wicked in nature." (人之性恶，其善者伪也) I did not agree. But now I have doubt.
So when people rushed to capitalize on natural disasters, as happened in Myanmar when US and the Junta tried to hijack the lives of the innocents, and now in China, there are voices of wicked minds. Especially in the superstitious city of Hong Kong, some people started to invoke the so called "God".
But as the Petshop Boys would have asked, "What have they done to deserve this?" In this recent earthquake, the biggest victim, in terms of % population suffered or % property demolished, are the Qiang people.
There are about 200,000 Qiangs in 1990 (which gives perhaps 250-300k today -- Qiangs, as a minority, is not subject to the one child policy). They reside in the Counties of Mao Xiang, Wenchuan, Li Xiang, Hei Shui, Songpan. This recently earthquake probably wiped out 15-20% to maybe 50% of their population. (Let's hope this is not the case).
All Qiang Counties are within 200km of the epicenter
- The epicenter is in Wenchuan, where Qiang people represents 26% of total population (which is 15% of total Qiangs).
- Li Xiang (6% of all Qiangs), Mao Xiang (89% are Qiang, 30% of total), and Beichuan Qiang Autonomous County (30% of total, belongs to Mianzhu City), all lie next to Wenchuan
- Li Xiang's town is closer to the epicenter than Wenchuan town
- All these counties are on the fault line where the 20+ aftershocks of over Richter 5 were located.
To those heartless people in Hong Kong who pulled a political spin out of this sad tragedy. What have the Qiangs done to deserve all these?
p.s. One does not need to make himself a beast in order to dissent. There are much more rational voices of criticism, e.g.,
or even putting forward a political opinion, e.g.,
The only way to ensure the long-term harmony which China's leaders so often evoke is for the country to undertake courageous political reforms that will create greater transparency and allow China's people more say in how their country is run.
Why there is such a hugh percentage of schools that collapsed? Who has killed this girl who was just one step away from escape?
And then the HK wicked minds are not alone, they have comrades over on the other side of the globe.