11th March, 2015
Kong-pigs’ Obsession with Moral High-ground
By Louis Fung
What is the mental habit of typical Kong-pigs (a term used by Hongkongers to describe politically ignorant Hongkongers)? Offer compassion and care to things that do not concern them and their fellow Hongkongers; avoid and ignore burning issues that affect them the most. They voice their opinions on polar bears losing their home due to global warming, the barbaric shark fin industry, starving children in the third world, and actively take part in campaigns like Earth Hour and FINished, and donate money to international charities. They have such big heart like saints to care about everything in this world, but view all the burning issues happening in Hong Kong which will impact themselves and their future generations as something insignificant.
When their employers refuse to pay their salary (referring to ATV’s case), instead of jumping ship and find a better job, Kong-pigs would choose to “weather the storm with their employers” – the complete opposite of any sense. However, Kong-pigs always turn a blind eye to school places being stolen, language being sinified, social resources being exploited, and HKSAR Government’s policies being formulated based on (Mainland) Chinese people’s needs. Kong-pigs’ children study hard for years only hoping to move up the food-chain by earning a degree, but even if their children get good results at public exams, school places that they deserve are allocated to Chinese “talents”. The terminology Hongkongers have been using for years has been quietly replaced by the media in Hong Kong with the Party’s (CCP)’s terminology. On the surface Apple Daily always drums on about democracy and anti-communism, but deep down the direction of this newspaper is based on the Greater China Unification ideology, the paper’s loving-China stance is demonstrated clearly by the fact that it proactively supports China’s cultural genocide in Hong Kong by following CCP’s terminology. Anti-discrimination laws, multiple-entry visa, smugglers, CCP-backed Blue Ribbons, uniformed units suppressing protesters: all these people have been servicing the Chinese and suppressing Hongkongers. Although Kong-pigs have been walked all over by Chinese, just like a rape victim being repeatedly violated by the rapist, they still believe they are the ones with unfair advantages and lecture others that they have to “embrace and tolerate” all these brutal violations.
Kong-pigs’ moral standard is extremely high, they have cheap and twisted compassion for everything. Pinned a yellow ribbon on their t-shirts, sang Beyond’s 海闊天空 (literally means “boundless as the sea and sky”) at marches, and held up umbrellas. All they focus on, however, are following the “peaceful, rational, non-violent, non-verbally-violent” principle regardless of the ruler’s action. They get heartbroken for a broken glass panel. They get hysterical when student leaders shed a tear or two on stage. However, Kong-pigs are always blind when government minions threaten to introduce Article 23 again, when daily lives of Hongkongers are disrupted and altered by cross-broader smugglers, when rents and prices of all sorts of necessities surge everyday thanks to Hong Kong’s limited space. Kong-pigs, when challenged by others with these unbearable facts, would prefer to sit in their 400 sq. ft. unit and continue to shut out the realities of their world. They may complain about the quality of television programmes, but they will still switch on their telly every day to watch brainwashing and brain-numbing shows. They hold up a copy of Apple Daily and praise and worship the pan-democrats who are at best opportunists that betray Hongkongers’ interests on important issues, but condemn the non-celebrity protesters for taking actions as their “aggressiveness and violence” could cost the PR war. They spare no effort in crucifying insignificant but tangible violence (by protesters), yet fear to speak up when systematic intangible violence (by the HKSAR and China governments) takes place. Kong-pigs are not moral crusaders, they are suffering from obsession, the obsession of unattainable moral high ground.
To be the ultimate victor, Hongkongers have to give up their obsession over the moral high ground. Hongkongers must be prepared to fight for their own survival without paying attention to the morality of the means that can help achieve victory. Hongkongers must understand the need for necessary means to change the Hong Kong that we no longer recognise. We must forgo the obsession of moral high ground and stop relying on political representatives, or else Hongkongers will be marked in history books as the example of failing to defend their land for the sake of defending righteousness, just like Duke Xiang of Song. Even if you do not agree with the actions the frontline protesters take, please do not stab them in the back. Unlike pan-democrats, they are not seeking limelight or publicity; unlike what some artists claims, these frontline protesters do not have the ability to penetrate tanks with “peacefulness and rationality”. Action-takers are the lonely ones, as the Kong-pigs who should be supporting them (they are wearing yellow ribbons, after all!) are always standing on the opposite side and condemning them for taking action. Hong Kong will only go back to being our promised land if we criticise the morality of protesters and action-takers less, but offer more support to those on the frontline.