In a relatively rich land of Fengyang, in Anhui
Province, there were 18 healthy men in their prime
living in a village called Little Hill (小岗村). The men on
the Hill had a high aspiration for fairness, believing
none of their fellow villagers should do less than they
did and none of their co-workers must take more pay than
they could. Thus they were long fed up with being asked
to work in commune farmlands, since which required them
to keep a vigilant eye in case others transferred one less
pile of bullshit to the farm or lifted one less kilo of
crops to warehouse than they might do. It was a delicate
calculation that made them feel tired and drained.
a dark night a secret meeting was made among these 18 warriors
championing for ultimate fairness, and upon the meeting
an unanimous deal was sealed by 18 red fingerprints on
a paper. It was a deal to divide the land among households,
so as to minimize the risk of accidentally working for others,
and gain freedom of not to work at all if they so wished.
After all, why did it matter whether their land grew crops
or weeds? They could always tell the government that they
harvested nothing, and government would always have to send
forth the relief food. They played such tricks for decades,
and they knew it worked. By all means, the men on the Hill
were humble guys who preferred to bend their bodies low to
beg for food along streets than supporting themselves and
their families by their own hands which they considered as
being condescending towards their fellow villagers who hate
to show off their abilities.
The 18 humble men didn't realise what a heroic deed they
had accomplished for China. In the next thirty years, they
are elevated to a dazzlingly heights as economic reform pioneers
and treated as such, which means they have their houses built,
roads repaired, schools established and phone lines installed,
all for free. One of them has even been invited to join the
government, and all eighteen were immortalized in a statue
for their fans to admire and adore their lazy bones.
But they are still relatively poor comparing to neighbouring
villages, and worst of all, their good fortune of living
over handouts is going to run out following the untimely
death of village chief Mr Shen on November 6, 2009. Mr Shen
was initially sent to serve the work-loath reform pioneers
by government financial department (see the significance
in the appointment?), and died in exhaustion (see what means
to be a servant? Public or private.).
Yep, many people in Chinese government do have seen what
means to be a public servant from Mr Shen's death and praised
him as such. Unfortunately, many people in Chinese community
only see the public revenue being wrongly spent on a group
of lazy bugs through foolish government officials.
And questions begin to be asked, in terms who and why promoted
these men as heroes in the first place. Mind, one of the
heroes once proudly declared that being selfish is his fundamental
principle (人不为己，天诛地灭). Is this going to be the collective
psyche of China?
The following are some online comments from wyzxsx.com and
It’s like a useless head of a household, when seeing the
whole family staving, the only solution he could think of
is to divide the household and leave everyone to their fate.
It is quite offensive that some people would try to make
Little Hill Villagers as the representatives of Chinese peasants.
Are we just like these leeches?
Little Hill’s Spirit: Little men’s mean heart.
小岗精神 - 拔一毛利天下，不为也。
We peasants do not understand deep theory of capitalism
or socialism, we only know when the land is distributed to
household, we are motivated, and this is Little Hill’s contribution
to the reform.
30村民, I think your head must be squashed by the door so
you can’t think straight. I’m the son of peasants and now
a public servant. However, my parents are still living in
village. Let me tell you what happened since the land is
No financial input has been made for water conservation
or irrigation projects and the peasants returned to the old
way of solely relying on the weather for survival. My family
got about 1 hectare of land, and now all the trenches are
fully planted with crops by the peasants owning neighbouring
farmlands. During a deluge last year, the overflow wasn’t
able to be drained off quickly through trenches which ruined
all cotton crops so we harvested nothing.
Basic social security previously implemented through the
commune system are no longer there. My parents are in their
60s and still have to tender farmland and raise livestock
to support themselves. Some of our neighbours are very ill
but cannot afford to go to hospital – they’ll have to stick
it out or die.
The rural environment is so polluted and water in the rivers
can no longer be used, but no one goes to clean up the thick
sludge and overgrown weeds in the waterways.
The neighbourhood relations become so tense. The villagers
would fight over any miner issues related with land and crops.
Within some families siblings turn on each other for being
unable to provide support to their aging parents.
No entertainment venues available in the villages nowadays,
except brothels. The old cinemas all become trading centres.
The village that I grew up in no longer exists. China’s
rural area is dying.
Our county used to be in the top hundred regarding the agriculture
modernisation. After the land divided, the imported machines
lay to waste and rusted away, and we are now among the poorest.
The 18 men in Little Hill Village are just selfish folks,
but not criminals. The sinister people are the ones who prompted
such mean spirit.
There will always be lazy bones in the community, it is
nothing to be surprised. What is odd is that these lazy bones
would become heroes of nation.
According to Little Hill Villagers, Chinese can only work
separately. How ridiculous it is! Even capitalism requires
a collective labour input. How many modern factories or companies
are solely run by a single family? Is it right for the employees
not to do their job probably because it’s not their business?
Even bees and ants are contributing to their groups through
their work, as a human being, should we show some willingness
to add our value to the community and the nation that we
belong to? I just don’t get what kind of mentality some people
in the leadership tried to promote and for what purpose?
Are they wishing to see Chinese to be like a bunch of send
again so China can be broken up easily by the foreign powers?
Chinese Commune of 21st Century