Author: Xie Jingren (Director and Researcher of Center for International Studies, Hunan Academy of Social Sciences)
History is the best textbook and the best sobriety. It is the discovery, collection, organization, presentation, and information interpretation of events involving the past. Self-confidence is a basic spiritual phenomenon, mental state and spiritual type of people, and historical cognition is an important basis for historical self-confidence. The more comprehensive the understanding of the historical process, the more profound the grasp of historical laws, the richer the party’s historical wisdom, and the more active the grasp of the future. From December 27 to 28, 2021, General Secretary Xi Jinping pointed out in his important speech at the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China Party History Learning and Education Special Democratic Life Conference, “On the new road to the exam, whether we can continue to hand in excellent answers? The key lies in whether there is a firm historical confidence. Over the past 100 years, our party has been committed to the happiness of the Chinese people, the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, the progress of mankind, the harmony of the world, the common good of the world, and the right path of the world. It is the greatest confidence of our party’s historical confidence, the historical confidence of our party to govern and rule in China for a long time, and the historical confidence of our party to unite and lead the people to move forward.” This has pointed out the direction and provided important guidelines for us to strengthen our historical confidence, strengthen our historical memory, anchor our historical orientation, create a better future, and realize the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. Strengthening historical self-confidence means self-confidence in the party’s 100-year glorious history, showing confidence in the party’s achievements, experience, ability and strength, and full of confidence in the party’s ability to overcome any risks and challenges and create a new history. We should broaden our historical horizons, demonstrate our historical feelings, adhere to historical thinking, undertake historical missions, strengthen the Marxist ruling party’s high historical consciousness, and stand among the world‘s nations with a new attitude of greater self-confidence, self-reliance and self-improvement.
Establish a highly conscious historical awareness. “Don’t be afraid of floating clouds to cover your eyes, and you can still fly through the clouds with ease.” The glorious history is the greatest confidence and foundation of our party. Historical self-confidence stems from conscious historical awareness. In his important speech at the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China, General Secretary Xi Jinping pointed out: “We must use history to reflect the reality and look into the future from afar, and see clearly why we have succeeded in the past and how we will be in the future from the century-old struggle of the Communist Party of China. Only then can we continue to succeed, so that we can more firmly and consciously remember our original mission and create a better future on our new journey.” Over the past 100 years, our party has led the people to create a new democratic revolution, socialist revolution and construction, reform and opening up and a better future. The great achievements of socialist modernization and socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era have strengthened the confidence to take new steps from the intersection of history and the future, and have created a new great miracle that will impress the world.
Demonstrate the majestic power of a century of struggle. Only by understanding history can we see further, and understanding history can go further. General Secretary Xi Jinping emphasized at the Party History Learning and Education Mobilization Conference: “In the course of one hundred years of extraordinary struggle, generations of Chinese Communists have fought tenaciously and unremittingly, and a large number of revolutionary martyrs and a large number of tenacious strugglers have emerged. Heroes and a large number of selfless and dedicated advanced models have formed a series of great spirits, built the spiritual pedigree of the Chinese Communists, and provided rich nourishment for us to build and strengthen the party. Just like the road to take the exam, the new road to take the exam includes the difficulties of crossing the “Snow Mountains” and “Grassland”, as well as the challenges of conquering “Loushan Pass” and “Lazikou”. This requires us communists to remain calm, and constantly open up new realms with the great power of opening roads through mountains and building bridges when encountering water. It also requires us communists to draw valuable experience from the party’s glorious history of a century, and constantly release the lasting effect of historical confidence. .
Develop a strong ability to benefit the people. “The worry of the world comes first, and the joy of the world comes after.” Our party comes from the people, and the foundation and blood of the party are in the people. General Secretary Xi Jinping emphasized: “Born for the people, prospered by the people, always with the people, and striving for the interests of the people are the fundamental starting point and goal of our party to build the party and strengthen the party.” “The people’s worries. I will read it; what the people hope, I will do it.” To strengthen historical confidence is to absorb the power of faith, truth, spirit, and loyalty of the century-old party history, and transform it into the power of doing business, entrepreneurship, The powerful driving force for serving the people is to practice the people-centered development philosophy, so that development is for the people, development depends on the people, and development achievements are shared by the people, and always have a heart-to-heart with the people, take the responsibility of loyalty and dedication, and strive to be the first. The responsibility of the people, the love of the people, the entrepreneurship, and the continuous development of various undertakings.
Inherit the red gene of patriotism. Patriotism is a deep feeling for one’s motherland that has been consolidated for thousands of years, and it is the national heart and national soul of the Chinese nation. New China was forged by countless revolutionary martyrs with their blood and lives. “We must continue to move forward in the footsteps of our revolutionary predecessors and pass on the red country from generation to generation.” We must make good use of red resources, strengthen education on revolutionary traditions, patriotism, and ideological and moral education for young people, and guide the whole society to better understand history Love the party, know history and love the country. It is necessary to establish a strong sense of patriotism and make patriotism a firm belief and spiritual support for every Chinese. It is necessary to dig deep into the red educational resources from the glorious history, major achievements, and historical experience of the party, and further achieve the goal of learning history to understand the truth, learn history to increase trust, learn history to respect morality, learn history and practice, so as to learn party history, understand ideas, do practical things, and open up new ideas. We will continue to push forward the great historical cause of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
Enhance the incentive effect of the original mission. The original intention is easy to obtain, but always difficult to keep. Taking history as a mirror, you can know the rise and fall; by taking people as a mirror, you can know the gains and losses. Seeking happiness for the Chinese people and rejuvenation for the Chinese nation is the original intention and mission of the Chinese Communists, and it is the fundamental driving force that inspires generations of Chinese Communists to go forward and fight bravely. Every member of the Communist Party of China must faithfully perform the duties and missions entrusted by the party and the people, and interpret the original intention of the Communist Party with practical actions. General Secretary Xi Jinping emphasized: “The key to not forgetting the original intention and keeping the mission in mind is to have the self-consciousness to face the problem and the courage to turn inward. We must adhere to the problem-oriented approach and solve the problem with real swords.” We Communists must consciously learn from books, Learn from practice, learn from the people, strengthen ideals and beliefs, strengthen political beliefs, keep in mind “who is for, who is relying on, and who am I”, compare with the models of our ancestors, constantly cultivate ourselves in the spirit of self-revolution, and have the courage to act in order to achieve the party’s goals. Unremitting struggle for historical mission.