The most revealing book ever published on Mao, perhaps on any dictator in history.”—Professor Andrew J. Nathan, Columbia University. supported the movement to establish people's communes. Chairman Mao was right. People's communes were great. Returning by train to Beidaihe, Mao was. The private life of Chairman Mao: the memoirs of Mao's personal physician. byLi, Zhisui Borrow this book to access EPUB and PDF files.
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Views Total views. Actions Shares. Embeds 0 No embeds. No notes for slide. Book Details Author: Li Zhi-Sui Pages: He was heir to a tradition of Confucian benevolence: his ancestors were famous for their generosity to the poor.
It was a concept formulated by the Zhou Dynasty to explain their victory over the Yin, but it developed into a Chinese version of the contrat social.
The emperor was the supreme priest, whose function was to link Heaven with Earth to form the vital cosmic triad of Heaven, Earth and Humanity. Confucius and Mencius expanded the concept to include a whole web of correct relationships between individuals and within the state.
If the emperor was to maintain the Mandate, he must not behave as if his privileges were unlimited.
He must rule in such a way that the people welcomed his decrees. If he failed to cultivate the moral qualities that differentiated the human heart from those of wild beasts, the people would behave like wild beasts and it would be his fault. Zhou, last emperor of the Shang Dynasty, was a waster and womaniser. When his officials complained about his orgies he had them roasted alive inside hollow bronze pillars while he made love to his favourite concubine, turned on, apparently, by the screams.
At last he was deposed and killed. When Mencius was asked if this meant that regicide was permissible, he replied that Zhou had made himself an outcast by mutilating benevolence and crippling rightness. Nevertheless, the ideal persisted.
It is hard to eradicate tradition in China. In , it looked as if Mao had stepped into that space between Heaven and Earth.
He saw China as one huge family and believed it needed a head. He would serve the Chinese people by serving Mao. It reached its zenith during the Cultural Revolution. Li tells the story of a mango that Mao sent to a Beijing factory at that time.
The fruit was displayed on an altar for the workers to venerate. When it began to rot, it was boiled in water which was then distributed to the ecstatic workers. A waxen mango was set on the altar instead, and the workers were delighted to worship this substitute.
He lived surrounded by guards and attendants in the Imperial gardens of Zhongnanhai, and he lived as he pleased, without discipline, eating when he wanted to, sleeping when he wanted to, irritated when the demands of state occasions forced him to get up in the morning. Mao never washed, or cleaned his teeth they were always covered in thick green plaque , nor did he like to wear smart clothes.
This slovenliness, filthiness indeed, was supposed to prove the simplicity of his lifestyle. He travelled by bullet-proof limousine, or in his own luxury train. Whenever he was on the move, the entire line would be cleared, and train schedules disrupted throughout the country.
When Mao flew, all Chinese air traffic was grounded. Nobody ever dared to argue with him. Li describes the tragicomic scenes which occurred every time Mao decided to go swimming in various dangerous, polluted, schistosomiasis-infested locations. Of course Mao did swim in the Yangtse, and his retinue had to go in with him.
Han Qingyu got covered in human excrement from a submerged manure pit. Had it happened to Mao, heads might have rolled. But it was only Han, and everyone had a good laugh. Everywhere Mao went, he took his own hard wooden bed.
It was enormous, and one side was about four inches higher than the other. Just like the emperors. Li reports, Mao had scores of concubines — nurses, dancers, travel attendants. He no longer slept with his wife, Jiang Qing; and when he was 67 he began to use Daoist sexual practices — which meant that he had to refrain from ejaculating so that his sexual energy, jing, would remain within his body and be converted into the vital energy, chi.
The young women — they had to be young — also had to adopt special positions. Ideally, these exercises would have helped an immortal embryo to form within Mao which would emerge from the crown of his head at his death, and live for ever.
More realistically, the exercises were supposed to prolong his life. Li would have it that Daoism was no more than an excuse for Mao to continue womanising, but this is probably unfair. In any case, he was diligent in his exercises. This seems strange, since Li was full of Communist enthusiasm when he first came to Mao, but it makes sense in the context of traditional Chinese thought.