2018-01-11 22:11 中国网 佚名
Possessing a long history in Chinese culture, “people-oriented” thought is the most brightest pearl in thousand-year Chinese political tradition.
During the period of Xia, Shang, Zhou, people no longer believed in spirits, but realized the power of human being gradually.
According to Shangshu (the book of history),“people are the basics of the country and people consolidate the peace of the country.”
This is the origin of ancient Chinese “people-oriented” thought, which enjoys a history of four thousand years.
In the Spring and Autumn Period and the Warring States Period，“people-oriented” thought is further explained and developed by Confucianism.
From the respecting only Confucianism by Emperor WU of Han Dynasty, “people-oriented” thought has been pursued by ancient Chinese rulers.
Chinese “people-oriented” thought means “people is the orientation” in politics. It contains three concepts specifically:
First, “setting the monarch for the people”. The power of country and emperor comes from people.
Second, “people are the foundation of a country”. The basic of a steady country is people.
Third, “love people and support people”. The objective of governor is to make people live a better life.
“People-oriented” thought is not only a kind of political ideology in ancient China, but a moral principle.
It could be used to deal with political issues, demonstrate moral pursuit of “benevolence”, which is a materialization of ancient Chinese’s fundamental moral pursuit in politics.
Although the traditional idea of "people-oriented" thought is not exactly equivalent to modern "democracy", they have important commonalities.
Nowadays, the democracy we advocate is socialist democracy.