I can’t think of a better example of how communism forces its citizens to live for the good of the state than this one:
The joke goes in China that if you call out the name Wang Wei in the street at least one person is bound to answer. The personal name Wei, or “mighty”, is so popular that parents have been turning to ancient and esoteric dictionaries to find more unusual names for their child.
No longer. The Ministry of Public Security has drawn up a new regulation on registration of names. In future, babies’ names must be drawn from a list that excludes tens of thousands of rare Chinese characters. With the introduction of electronic identity cards, the authorities will only register names that can be stored in their police database.
That’s the Chinese government at work: individuality squashed at every opportunity.
Hat tip: The Corner