Mr. Mao Zedong, a native of Xiangtan, Hunan Province, was rebellious by nature and nonconformist as an adult. He favored grandiose schemes and recognition. Distinct in speech and behavior, he shocked people with his peculiar words, claiming that it's best to overcorrect a wrong. He often expounded strange ideas and compared himself to God. Unwilling to be ordinary, he joined the Communist revolution and was like a tiger that grew wings, or a fish that finds the ocean. Soaring and turning into a dragon, he collected troops and purchased materials. Invincible, he occupied Mount Jinggang with a roar. However, conceited soldiers inevitably fail, and their escape route stretched 25,000 miles. Having undergone all possible hardship and left with only 10,000 followers, he was fortunate to have survived. Once he reached Yan'an, he forced himself to lay low in the hopes of revenge. He endured every pain and pleasure along with his men. Living simply and frugally, he vowed to turn the trend of losses around. As everyone had hoped, he was able to roll back the enemy and regain China, firmly establishing the grand foundation of the People's Republic of China. His perspicacious style is comparable to that of historical figures. Unfortunately, he had always been licentious. Hampered by the actress Jiang Qing, his positive and negative lifetime achievements are entangled and inconclusive nonetheless, all was lost to the easterly currents.
Many heroes there are—past and present, foreign and national,
Few are those in the company of perfection and impeccability.
Eagerly he put on airs about his power,
yet all turned into bubbles and shadows.
Gladly he exaggerated and basked in glory,
yet all floated away like clouds.
An eccentric man with eccentric ideas, speaking eccentrically;
A strange hero with strange theories, behaving strangely:
The coffin has shut yet the final word on his life remains open.
Still slumbering in a dream, no one realizes this is all but an act.
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Mr. Mao Zedong, a native of Xiangtan, Hunan Province, was rebellious by nature and nonconformist as an adult. He was peculiar, eccentric, and unique since birth. He thought differently from everyone else as an adult too. He looked down on everyone else, and considered no one worth his respect.
He favored grandiose schemes and recognition. He enjoyed bragging. His words were more exalted than the heavens and wider than the earth. He wanted to be the most powerful in the world, and he actually succeeded in this later. The entire Chinese populace of one billion had to salute to his little red book;
Quotations from Chairman Mao was more revered than the Bible.
Distinct in speech and behavior. His speech and behavior were peculiar and different from everyone else.
He shocked people with his peculiar words. He often discussed strange theories that alarmed people. After he finished talking though, he would forget what he had said.
Claiming that it was best to overcorrect a wrong. Correction in excess is fundamentally wrong, but Mao insisted that you must overcorrect to right a wrong. His perspective was always different from others.
He often expounded strange ideas. He often had strange thoughts.
And compared himself to God. He wanted to be more elevated than God, and he succeeded. Raise that little red book and Mao was as high as God.
Unwilling to be ordinary. He couldn't bear to be lonely.
He joined the Communist revolution and was like a tiger that grew wings or a fish that finds the ocean. He became a flying tiger with wings. The Communist Party's support to him was like water to a fish or wings to a tiger.
Soaring and turning into a dragon. From then on, he leaped up and became a dragon.
He collected troops and purchased materials, wanting to become the local chieftain.
Invincible, he occupied Mount Jinggang with a roar. He staked out his territory there and became a bandit. By that time, he knew that he would be very successful, so he became arrogant.
However, conceited soldiers inevitably fail, and their escape route stretched 25,000 miles. Once he became arrogant, he was defeated. At that point, he fled from Mount Jinggang.
Having undergone all possible hardship and left with only 10,000 followers, he was fortunate to have survived. He suffered tremendously during his escape. Only 10,000 some people remained of his original following of 100,000.
Once he reached Yan'an, he straightened out and trained his military force.
He forced himself to lay low in the hopes of revenge. He endured immense hardship during that time, eating and using the same kind of food and supplies as his soldiers.
He endured every pain and pleasure along with his men. Living simply and frugally, he vowed to turn the trend of losses around. He wanted to reverse his defeats.
As everyone had hoped, he did very well at that time; everyone admired him and his plans were very effective.
He was able to roll back the enemy and regain China. Indeed, he counter-attacked later.
Firmly establishing the grand foundation of the People's Republic of China. His perspicacious style was comparable to that of historical figures. He was very intelligent. His style was similar to Dong Zhuo and Cao Cao.
Unfortunately, he had always been licentious. Unfortunately he was unable to reform his lewd nature. He didn't know the principles for being a human being, hence his immense lust. There were He Zhizheng and so and so. Lastly,
hampered by actress Jiang Qing, his positive and negative lifetime achievements were entangled and inconclusive. The merit and mistakes of Mao's life cannot be tracked clearly. Some say his merit supersedes his mistakes, while others claim that his mistakes supersede his merit. It all depends on who is doing the talking.
Nonetheless, all was lost to the easterly currents. All his achievements passed by like flowing water.
Many heroes there have been--past and present, foreign and national, / Few are those in the company of perfection and impeccability. Heroes have emerged in historical and contemporary times, nationally and internationally. However, no one is faultless.
Eagerly he put on airs about his power, yet all turned into bubbles and shadows. / Gladly he exaggerated and basked in glory, yet all floated away like clouds. You will fail if you do things unreliably. Similar to dreams, illusions, bubbles and shadows, whatever accomplishments you want will drift by like clouds. That is why an ancient philosopher said, "To me, wealth and status resemble drifting clouds."
Eccentric man with eccentric ideas, speaking eccentrically; Strange hero with strange theories, behaving strangely. Eccentric individuals have eccentric thoughts. Their strange words shock their audience. He was also an odd fellow who hypothesized odd theories. His style was quite odd as well.
The coffin has shut, yet the final word on his life remains open. / Still slumbering in a dream, no one realizes this is but an act. Depending on your circumstance, some might speak positively of Mao while others might speak negatively of him. This evaluation is inconclusive as of yet. We don't realize it's all a dream when we're dreaming. This is all but a play.