posted on Mar, 27 2013 @ 02:42 PM
Since when does quoting someone put them as an inspiration?
I was under the impression that people were capable of learning about someone and getting know a figure of history before labeling them as an
"inspiration" and following their lead.
According to some people, kids upon seeing a Mao quote will all of a sudden follow his lead and want to be just like him, unbeknownst of his actions.
But how exactly would they emulate him and follow in his stead if they don't first research on their own to know who Mao was and what he did?
I've seen many quotes by "bad" people in my time, and some of them are inspirational. Just because they were bad does not make it any less so.
I've also seen some down right nasty and evil quotes by what many would consider to be "good" figures of history. Do those quotes discount or
change their effect on time in any way?
In short, people are taking this too harshly. Quoting someone does not mean you are insinuating them to be good or that you should follow.
Understandably, kids are impressionable and perhaps something like this should come with some sort of back story and information for them to learn.
Perhaps a link saying "to learn more about Mao Zedong, click here" so that they can get the full story. Other than that, I see no flaw here. You
can't change what was said in the past, regardless of who it was said by.