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Follow Lei Feng’s example!

5 March, 2014

Today is Learn from Lei Feng Day in China.  Lei Feng being one of the secular saints of Chinese socialism and Maoism, a hard working young soldier who was killed in an accident at the age of 21, his diary was full of patriotic thoughts and love of his homeland."Follow Lei Feng's example; love the Party, love Socialism, love the people".

While there is considerable debate now if Lei Feng, as heroic striver for Socialist glory, truly existed, Lei Feng the soldier did and his use is propaganda has been impressive.  Even now, the Chinese Communist party exhorts his ideal and the term “living Lei Feng” (“Huó Léi Fēng”) has enter the Chinese language as a term for anyone who is seen as selfless or who goes out of their way to help others.

While I am not a Socialist, I have always found such propaganda idolizing the selflessness of the individual in service of the state fascinating (if slightly terrifying).  The Soviet use of Alexey Stakhanov and the Stakhanovite movement to boost labour productivity and dedication to the states goals followed a similar pattern.

It seems that there is a place for such propaganda in the background of many game worlds, to help reinforce the tone and ideals of the setting.

Notes: Poster image is from Wikimedia Commons and is used under fair use ideals.

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