Martial arts film star Jackie Chan, quoted in The New York Times, said, “I’m gradually beginning to feel that we Chinese need to be controlled. If we are not being controlled, we’ll just do what we want.”
This caused a stir among some in the West, but, apparently, not so much in the East. A story at The Daily Beast informs us that many Chinese agree with the essence of Chan’s sentiments about freedom, preferring “Asian values” that prize social cohesion and stability over personal liberty. Chan may also have been trying to curry favor with top Chinese officials so they will reverse their ban on showing his latest film in mainland China.
Freedom happens to be a spiritual birthright that no society, no government, no religion, no organization whatsoever has the right to impede or deny or strip away. God gave all of us the unconditional right to do as we damn well please.
Keep this in mind as well. If we do as we please without regard to others, we will also experience the consequences of their reactions. So, how do we want people to respond to us?