[The Spiritual Pedigree of the Chinese Communists]Should the great cause of the times create the spirit of model workers?
CCTV News: As the vanguard of the working class, the Communist Party of China has always attached importance to the value of labor and the role of model workers in leading the people across the country to realize the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation. General Secretary Xi Jinping pointed out that model workers are the elites of the nation and the role models of the people. For a long time, the majority of model workers have created extraordinary achievements with ordinary work, and they have created the spirit of “love their jobs, strive to be first-class, work hard, be brave in innovation, be indifferent to fame and fortune, and be willing to contribute”, which has enriched the national spirit and the spirit of the times. The connotation is our extremely precious spiritual wealth.
On the eve of the National Day in 1950, the first National Conference of Model Workers of Workers, Peasants and Soldiers was held in Beijing. This is the first time since the founding of New China to select national model workers. 464 representatives of model workers took a special train to Beijing, the capital of China, under the aisle of local leaders and the people. At the Beijing Qianmen Railway Station that year, they received a grand courtesy from more than 5,000 people.
Xiao Guiqing, professor at the School of Marxism at Tsinghua University: During the 100-year history of the CPC’s leadership in revolutionary construction, it has always been an excellent tradition of our party to respect labor and promote the spirit of model workers. After the founding of New China, the working class became the masters of the country, and labor created the future. Everything in New China, including the creation of our cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics, must be completed by labor. Therefore, the Chinese Communist Party, from the nature of the party and from the future of the new China we represent (starting from), requires that the whole society should respect labor and promote the spirit of model workers.
Over the 70 years since the founding of New China, the party and the country have held 16 National Model Workers Commendation Conferences, commending more than 30,000 person-times of national model workers and advanced workers. Model workers in different periods have their own historical missions.
Wang Binglin, Dean of the Chinese Communist Party History and Party Building Institute of Beijing Normal University: In the early days of the founding of New China, oil was relatively scarce, and even foreigners said that we were “oil-poor countries.” Therefore, there is an urgent need to change the poverty and backwardness of the oil industry. At this time, the oil workers represented by Wang Jinxi echoed such an era and reflected the urgent requirements of the era, so he became a national labor model. His leading and leading role is very obvious, can play a role in promoting society, and is revered and loved by the people.
It is the most precious spiritual character of model workers to closely link personal goals in life with the destiny of the party and the country.
Chen Jingrun, a mathematician who bravely climbed the peak of science, Peng Jiamu, a scientist who responded to the call of the state and supported Xinjiang construction, Xu Zhenchao, a master craftsman who broke the world record for container handling six times, Yu Min, the father of China’s hydrogen bomb, Huang Xuhua, the father of nuclear submarines, and Yuan Longping, the father of hybrid rice … Generations of model workers have worked hard, selflessly, and striving for first-class work in their respective jobs, dedicated themselves to the stability and prosperity of the motherland, and established meritorious service. They are worthy of being “the elite of the nation,” “the role model of the people,” and “the hero of the Republic”, and the common spiritual qualities of the model workers have gradually converged into a “model worker spirit” that inspires the whole society and the whole nation to forge ahead.
Xiao Guiqing, Professor of the School of Marxism at Tsinghua University: Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, General Secretary Xi Jinping has emphasized the spirit of model workers on many occasions. General Secretary Xi Jinping pointed out that the model worker spirit of “love and dedication, strive for the first-class, work hard, be brave in innovation, be indifferent to fame and fortune, and be willing to contribute” vividly interprets the core values of socialism and is our precious spiritual wealth. The spirit of model workers is the condensed and true portrayal of the spirit of the Chinese Communist Party to unite and lead the Chinese people into the cause of socialist revolution and construction, to participate in reform and opening up, and the cause of socialist modernization with Chinese characteristics. It is also the spiritual power of the great practice of China’s revolutionary construction and reform. An indispensable and important part of the spiritual pedigree.