Chairman Mao was big on the idea of revolution as an easy substitute for rational thinking. His thought was that every now and then a social structure needed to be given a jolly good shake up, to sieve out corruption and imbalance, renew purpose, return to the cure for original sin by worshipping Mao. It was a lesson he took from the Long March, during which time he saw what he considered the best of people, driven by an ideal to sacrifice everything in pursuit of an imagined and apparently obvious perfection.
The Cultural Revolution, was two things for Mao. The first was an attempt to
cleanse the people of impurities, the second an opportunity for Mao to regain
control of the party, which had slipped from his grasp during the Great Leap
Forward. Revolution is an upside downing, or a rearrangement of power
structures. When it is driven by a combination of personal ambition within the
context of an idealism, the likes of you and I should remember Mao, his Red
Guards and his Cultural Revolution. It was ten difficult years for the Chinese
People, while their power hungry squabbled for no good reason.