1) The first immediate connection I made was to the book the Giver. A common situation I found was that the Elders and Chairman Mao are trying to make the place where they live good for everyone, but they do not realise that they are restraining the people from advancing technologically, economically, and socially. In both communities the people were restrained in the way's they were able to think and do. They were only permitted to think "inside the box" stopping them from being creative and innovative. Even though they try to do good they do more harm than they intend to.
2) The second connection I have made is the situation in muslim countries when it became mandatory for women to wear veils. Even though some people are religious and this rule does not bother them others who are not muslim are forced to do what they want to do. This does bothers me because people are being told how to life their life, what to wear, and how to act when they should live it how they want to. This situation is limiting their life style and suppresses their true will. In China during that time, you had to act how Chairman Mao told you to act because if you didn't you would be persecuted and judged for the remainder of time he was in power.