Doctor Nelson, take note. Now this is the way to teach values, isn’t it?
The year 2003 marks the 40th anniversary of the start of the ‘Learn from Lei Feng’-campaign. In the run-up to 5 March, the Chinese media have devoted considerable attention to the question whether the ‘Lei Feng’-spirit is still relevant in this day and age. By and large, they concluded that Lei’s attitude of self-sacrifice could be used to promote doing volunteer work….
His greatest desire in life was to be nothing more than “a revolutionary screw that never rusts”.
As the “little screw” he wanted to be, Lei Feng performed many good deeds: he sent his meagre savings to the parents of a fellow soldier who had been hit by a flood; he served tea and food to officers and recruits; he washed his buddies’ feet after a long march, and darned their socks; he went all-out to show his devotion to the revolutionary cause. In short, we are led to believe he lived the life of saintly Boy Scout. He did not commit great deeds by which he was remembered, but taught the people how to be happy with what they had, to obey the Party and to let the Central Committee, or better still, Mao himself, do their thinking for them…