ICLN(2020)第二次視頻會議 -「疫症過後如何重建人類」

 

ICLN(2020)第二次視頻會議 

「疫症過後如何重建人類」

「疫症過後的全球化:中美的角色 ── 分析與行動」

陳日君樞機的發言

(經編輯版本)

這是對仍在發生的悲劇性現實的簡短反思:世界末日般的疫症大散播,造成了生命和經濟資源上無法估量的損失。我們還沒有看到終局,但是我們可以並且必須總結一些明顯的事實,並分析它們的因果關係。只有這樣做,我們才能為社會的重建做好準備,並為我們人類的未來提供新的防禦措施。

事實是:疫症在中國開始,並且迅速傳播到全世界。

分析:它定必與全球化有關。全球化是事實,人民的流動性大大增加,在一定程度上解釋了流行病的迅速蔓延。但是,現代通訊技術的進步本可以及時發出警報,遏制它的蔓延。顯然有地方出了問題。


讓我們記住,全球化可以是好事,也可以是壞事,這取決於我們怎樣管理它。

教宗若望保祿二世過去曾將「互相關懷的全球化」與「邊緣化的全球化」區分開來,前者是以關心全人類的真正利益為目的,後者是由個人和團體的自私利益所驅動。

還應記住教宗保祿六世所說的話:

「當每個人都有進步,整個人都在進步之時,才是真正的進步。」

在這些前提下,讓我們來看一下實際的情況,特別是中國的情況。


許多人歡迎全球化的來臨:隨著世界成為一個「地球村」,一種「大家庭式」的合作與互助,將使世界變得更美好,富者和強人可以幫助窮人和弱者。可惜的是,實際的結果令人失望。一些問題可以激發我們的思考:「例如,為何那些,曾多次流血的抗議,在世界貿易組織會議的場地出現?」答案是:窮國的窮人覺得他們沒有從全球化的世界經濟中得到任何幫助。那些把握經濟全球化的人是世界上有財有勢的人(世界銀行、國際貨幣基金等),它們的目的本該是幫助窮國,但他們往往最終是幫助了窮國的政府、幫助了這些國家內的有財有勢者而非窮人,因為窮國的窮人沒有機會去積極參與這運作。

全球化的管理者在計劃世界經濟時,很少考慮地方的實際情況和需要。地方政府和其他有財有勢的經營者,可能更願意將錢投進自己的口袋裡,而不是幫助自己國家的窮人。


在這一切變得顯而易見的時刻,中國進入了世界舞台,這個原來貧窮的國家如今富強了,成為亞洲和非洲國​​家的模範和領袖。中國給他們帶來了希望:大家來建設一個更加公平公正和繁榮的社會。

對於這樣的認知,有很多東西要討論。中國真的變得富強了嗎?我們必須區分人民與國家。中國變得富強,是因為中國人民勤力工作,學習迅速。中國是人口最多的社群,為世界提供大量勞動力,能夠數量龐大地生產商品,並為國庫帶來收入。

但是人民呢?在極權主義政權中,人民為國家的財富做出了貢獻,但在國家的繁榮中卻得不到應有的份額。在中國,人民是共產黨的奴隸。奴隸是不允許有奢侈的尊嚴。在主人的統治和惡劣榜樣下,中國人民失去了傳統美德。在一個「鬥爭求存」的社會裡,奴隸像其主人一樣,以謊言和暴力為人生之道。中國成為對世界的威脅。

世界一定有機會意識到這一切,但他們可能從未聽說過「道德投資」和「道德消費」的責任,直到他們意識到自己是滋養這頭危險怪物的幫兇。


中國的國家資本主義發起人鄧小平曾經說過,要使國家富裕,就必須讓一部份人先富起來。但是誰能成為最先富起來的那一批?這種「先富」狀態要維持多久呢?顯然,他們就是當權者,中國共產黨的人,而一旦他們富起來,就會變得更加強大,他們可以永遠保持這種狀態。

現在,中共成了剝削同胞的資本家,由此到成為剝削其他國家的帝國主義者,只有一步之遙。

「一帶一路」項目(現代的「絲綢之路」)。習近平向許多亞洲和非洲國​​家展示自己作為救世主,可以使他們擺脫殖民者留下的貧困。

「我們借錢給你,特別是用來建設作為進步基礎的基礎設施」(共產黨「借錢」,他們從不白送「禮物」)。

「我們為你們提供專業人員,我們派遣工人來完成這項工作」(顯然,其意思是你們必須支付這一切。這意味着借來的錢還是用在中國身上)。

如果他們無法償還這筆錢,則要求他們以給予壟斷和特權來交換,甚至割讓領土和港口(99年)。

新的殖民者比舊的殖民者更可怕!


一場疫症大爆發,一個世界性的災難。它讓每個人覺醒。

現在是時候我們認真思考一下人類走上的是什麼路。我們能為我們的科學進步、更多可能的消費選擇而感到自豪嗎?突然間,我們失去了一切,發現自己無能為力。

現在,我們意識到真理、我們的知情權和言論自由是多麼的重要。

在與死亡的密切接觸中,我們受到鼓勵更具決心地追求人類和生命的福音價值。

我們發現真正的英雄不是我們曾經在屏幕上欣賞的那些,而是那些為病人服務而犧牲自己的英雄,那些保持環境清潔、讓我們健康的英雄。

最後,我們欣賞我們的信仰,它教導我們是天主的孩子,是人類大家庭中的兄弟姐妹。

感謝主,從這次流行病中給予我們的教訓。

Second video conference ICLN (2020) – “Preparing for Post-Pandemic Humanity”

 

Second video conference ICLN (2020)

“Preparing for Post-Pandemic Humanity”

“Post Pandemic Globalization: the Role of China and the United States – Analysis and Action”

Input by Cardinal Joseph Zen

(heavily edited)

This is a short reflection on the tragic reality which is still in the happening: a pandemic of apocalyptical dimension causing incalculable loss of lives and of economic resources. We don’t see the end of it yet, but we can and must take stock of some obvious facts and analyse their cause-effect relation. Only by doing so we can prepare ourselves for the rebuilding of our society and providing new defences in the future for our humanity.

The fact is: a pandemic started in China and it spread quickly over the whole world.

The analysis: it must have something to do with globalization. Globalization is a fact and the enormously increased mobility of the people explains, in part, the fast spreading of the pandemic. But the modern progress in communication could provide timely alarm and contain that spreading. Obviously something went wrong.


Let us remember that the globalization is an ambivalent phenomenon, it may be good, it may be bad, it depends on the way we manage it.

Pope John Paul II used to distinguish a “globalization of solidarity” from a “globalization of marginalization”, one is operated by people who care for the real good of all human beings, the other is driven by selfish interest of individuals and groups.

It is opportune also to remember what has been said by Pope Paul VI:

The real progress is when everybody progress and the whole human being progresses.

With those premises let us come to examine the actual reality especially with reference to China.


Many people welcomed the arrival of globalization: with the world becoming a “village”, a “big family” cooperation and mutual help would make the world better, the rich and strong can help the poor and the weak. But, alas, the actual outcome was much disappointing. Some question may help us to think: “Why, e.g., all those, often bloody, protests at the venues of meetings of world trade organization?” The answer is: the poor of the poor countries did not feel they got any help from this globalized economy of the world. Those running the economic globalization are the world’s rich and strong, World Bank, International Monetary Fund etc., they are meant to help the poor countries, but too often they end up by helping the Governments of the poor countries, the rich and powerful people in those countries, not the poor people, because the poor people of the poor countries have not been invited to take active part in the process.

The managers of the globalization plan the world economy with scarce consideration of the real local situation and needs. Local governments and other operators, rich and powerful, may be more interested in getting the money into their own pockets rather than helping the poor people of their country.


At the moment when all this was becoming evident, China entered into the world scene, once a poor nation now rich and strong, model and leader of Asian and African nations. China brought them the hope in a more just, equitable, prosperous society.

There is much to be discussed about such perception. Has China become really rich and strong? We have to distinguish between the people and the nation. China became rich and strong, because its people are hard working and fast learning. China being the most populous community became a huge provider of labor in the world, capable of gigantic production and brings money to the nation’s coffers.

But what about the people? In a totalitarian regime the people contribute to the wealth of the nation, but they don’t get a fair share in its prosperity. In China the people are slaves under the Communist Party. To slaves it is not allowed the luxury of dignity. Under the dominion and bad example of their masters, the Chinese people have lost their traditional virtues. In a world of “struggle for survival” they make recourse to lies and violence, just like their masters. China became a threat to the world.

The world must have had opportunity to be aware of all this, but they may have never heard about the duty of the “ethical investment” and “ethical consumption”, until they realize that they were accomplices in nourishing a dangerous monster.


Deng Xiaoping the initiator of China’s State capitalism used to say that for the nation to become rich you must allow somebody to get rich first. But who can be those first to become rich and for how long? Obviously those in power, the CCP people, and once they become rich they are more powerful, and they can stay that way for ever.

Now, for the CCP from being the capitalists exploiting their countrymen to being the imperialists exploiting the other countries there is just one step.

“One Belt, One Road” project (the modern “silk road”). Xi Jinping presents himself to many Asian and African nations as the saviour, the one who can free them from the poverty in which they were left by their colonizers.

“We lend you money, specially to build the infrastructures which are the foundation of progress” (The Communists “lend” money, they never make “gifts”).

“We provide you with expertise and we send the workers to do the job” (Obviously you have to pay for all this. That means the borrowed money goes back to China).

When they are not able to pay back the money, they are requested to pay with monopoly rights and privileges, or even concession of territories and ports (for 99 years).

The new colonizers are worse than the old ones!


A pandemic exploded, a world disaster. It is an awakening for everybody.

It’s time we have a hard look at the journey in history of our humanity. Can we be proud of our scientific progress, of the many possibilities of more consumption? All a sudden we are losing everything and find ourselves powerless.

Now we realize how more important is the truth, our right to information and the freedom of expression.

In close contact with death we are encouraged to pursue the human and gospel values with more determination.

We discover that the real heroes are not those we use to admire on the screen, but those who sacrifice themselves in serving the sick, those who take care to keep clear and healthy our environment.

Finally, we appreciate our faith which teaches us that we are children of God, brothers and sisters in the human family.

Thank you Lord, for this lesson from the pandemic.

緬甸籍貎波樞機與法籍神學家尚邦先生

貌波(Charles Bo)樞機,他是亞洲主教團聯會的主席,在有關新冠狀病毒大流行起源的國際辯論中,作出了戲劇性發言(UCAN 天亞社英文新聞網 4月2日),將主要責任逕直放到中國共產黨的頭上。他的勇氣使我感到驚訝,但這篇文章非常準確和公正,我對英文天主教媒體《The Tablet》積極地報導它感到欣慰。

在同一《天亞社英文新聞網》,法籍“神學家”彌額爾.尚邦(Michel Chambon)於4月20日發表了攻擊這位樞機的評論:〈貌波樞機在中國臉上吐口水〉。在這位“神學家”(?)帶有如此感性標題的文章中,我找不到任何神學的東西,而其內容對分辨事實毫無貢獻,甚至是自相矛盾。

他說:「我同意貌波樞機所說,謊言和宣傳已使世界各地數百萬人的生命處於危險之中。」其實這正是貌波樞機的文章的主要思想。

但尚邦說:「這是不準確的」,因為「西方政府也有責任,他們拒絕認真回應(已有的信息)。」 貌波樞機又正說了同樣的話:「大家會對各地政府作出批評。許多政府被指責,當他們看到冠狀病毒在武漢首次出現時,沒有做好準備。」他絶沒有迴避指出各地政府的錯失。

但貌波樞機還說:「(但)有一個政府因其做了不該的事,又沒有做該做的事,對疫情的散佈負有主要的責任(他們封鎖了訊息,並對“吹哨人”滅聲)。」

尚邦指責貌波樞機「以政治立場分裂世界」。那是毫無道理的。把那對人民造成災難的政權、和那政權的受害者、置於分裂的對立面是正確的,並不存在甚麼政治不政治。

接著是尚邦在文章中的一個驚人說法:「侮辱中國政權,也就是同時向支持它的國家(國民?)的臉上吐口水。」 任何對中國有一點認識的人都會失笑,並且覺得浪費了時間去閱讀這位“神學家”和“研究中國教會的人類學家”的文章。

如果法國人都像彌額爾.尚邦一樣,在歷史中從不會有過法國大革命了。

Bo and Chambon

Cardinal Charles Bo made a dramatic intervention in the international debate about the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic (UCA News April 2), laying the primary responsibility squarely on the door of Chinese Communist Party. His courage surprised me, but the article is very accurate and fair. I am happy that “The Tablet” reported it very positively.

On the same UCA News (April 20) a French “theologian” Michel Chambon came out to attack the Myanmar’s Cardinal: “Cardinal Bo spits in China’s face”. I could not find anything theological in the article of this “theologian”, with such an emotional title, and its content is gratuitous and even self-contradictory.

He says: “I agree with Cardinal Bo that lies and propaganda have put millions of lives around the world in danger.” That’s precisely the main substance of Cardinal Bo’s article.

But Chambon says “it is inaccurate”, because “Western Governments are also responsible, they refused to take (the available information) seriously”. Again Cardinal Bo said the same thing: “Criticisms can be made of authorities everywhere, many Governments are accused of failing to prepare when they first saw the corona virus emerge in Wuhan.”

But Cardinal Bo says also “there is one Government that has primary responsibility for what it has done and what it has failed to do (they suppressed the news and silenced the whistleblowers)”.

Chambon accuses Bo of “politically dividing the world”. That is gratuitous. The one who inflicts calamity on people, and his victims are rightly put on two opposed sides of the division, but there is nothing political in this.

And here comes the astonishing statement in Chambon’s article: “Insulting the China regime is also spitting in the face of the nation which supports it”. Anybody with a little knowledge of China would laugh at it and consider the time wasted in reading this “theologian” and “anthropologist studying the Church in China”.

With people like Michel Chambon there would never have been a French revolution.