On March 5, 2016, during the fourth session of the 12th National People’s Congress, Premier Li Keqiang introduced the concept of the“spirit of the craftsman” during his government work report. He said,“We will encourage enterprises to use custom-tailored and flexible production processes, and foster a craftsmanship spirit of striving for the best so that more type of products, products of a higher quality, and brand products will be made.
It is refreshing that Premier Li mentioned the “spirit of the craftsman” in his government work report.As the old saying goes, “The finest diamond must be cut”. The artisans like constantly crafting their works and improving their workmanship to enjoy the process of sublimation of the works in their hands. They pursue the acme of perfection. Though the interests are slight, their spirit benefits the world for a long time.
From a historical point of view, since ancient times,our country is no lack of people of “artisan spirit”. The ancient China was the world’s largest country of originality,artwork exporter and country of craftsmen. For instance, ancient silk, porcelain, tea, lacquerware, gold and silver wares, wallpaper and other product were beloved among the nobility and affluent class all over the world. Chinese calligraphy, Chinese painting, sculpture and handicraft works are still the most precious treasures of the museums all over the world.Dream Pool Essays,Exploitation of the Works of Nature,Lu Ban skills and countless skillful craftsmen in ancient China have been influencing the world all the time.
On a personal level, the spirit of the craftsman can be summarized in five aspects:
Attention are paid to details, some of perfection is pursued and products will be improved respectively to increase the precision from 99% to 99.99%.
The craftsmen would make sure the quality of every part and will not deliver easily until the products are up to the requirement.
Concentration and persistence. Products and services are improved continuously. The use of material, design and process of production are refined continuously.
Profession and dedication. The objective of the“spirit of craftsman” is to forge the industry’s top-quality products, which others cannot match.
Indifferent to fame and wealth. The craftsmen put their hearts into work not for fame and fortune, but just with the desire to strive for the best.
From the perspective of development, with the spirit of the craftsman, China's enormous manufacturing sector has very possibility to achieve a qualitative leap in industrial transformation, products upgrading and technological transformation.The need of humanized and personalized goods which China's consumer market desire for will gradually get fulfilled.
From a long-term point of view, the “spirit of the craftsman” needs well cultivated soil. A good atmosphere of independent innovation and keep improving is needed in various industry sectors. We need utilize powerful means to stop the illegal profit-making which by means of producing shoddy goods. We need take powerful means to stop counterfeiting and copyright infringement. Meanwhile, a good humanities and ecological environment is needed to be fostered for the“spirit of craftsman” to grow healthily in the society. The whole society need have a heart of awe to the "spirit of the craftsman".
The goal to finish building China into a moderately prosperous society in all respects is just around the corner. We have set foot on the journey of realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. The spirit of the craftsman is the refinement and sublimation of its traditional meaning. This is not only the need of“made in China”, but also the need to show the image of China and Chinese strength, and moreover, to realize the Chinese dream.