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Do not swindle in name of traditional culture (2)

(People's Daily Online)

14:57, September 19, 2012

(Xinhua Daily)

From the political point of view, many regions have turned "developing the culture industry" into "developing culture achievements" under the national policy of promoting the revival of traditional culture and developing the culture industry. The Gansu Provincial Health Department even opened a class to research “Primordial Qi.”

Some people say that it reflects the Chinese people's ignorance and superstition of not really accepting certain scientific concepts. This not only results from traditional concepts, and is not a rarity just in Chinese society and Chinese people. Many similar events have also occurred in Western society.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Western youth was addicted to cannabis, fantasies and mysticism. In addition, Scientology, which was founded in the 1950s, as well as all kinds of hypnotism, is still prevalent in the Western world. Many "ignorant," "mysterious" and "fantasy" resources have also been excavated and remolded in the long history of Western countries.

The pursuit of mystery and mysticism reflects people's resistance against modern life and the stylized way of life. Since the development of science and technology, people seem willing to believe from time to time that some unexplainable phenomena and ineffable things exist in the world.

The commercial hype and formalized revival of traditional culture also reflects a fickle social atmosphere during China's rapid modernization process. On the one hand, we should understand that it is an inevitable stage for China and even advanced countries have also gone through similar stages, while on the other hand, the public should have a rational understanding of traditional culture and keep a true warmth and respect for it.

When guiding the development of the culture industry, China should launch more specific policies to encourage real cultural innovation and crack down on behaviors such as swindling in the name of traditional culture.

Related reading: Chinese Kung Fu: myth or deceitful trick?

Source:China Youth Daily, author: Cheng Manqi.

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