Found a Place

I found a place nearby where there are art galleries, clubs, cafes, and a park. There was no party last night. I spent some time at a lounge. Beer was no good.

The interesting part is that I met two European people and talked about the news controlling policy of Chinese government. They seemed to be quite supportive on this. The reason was that otherwise it would be impossible to keep 1.3 billion people safe and together.

I can’t say that I fully agree with them, but I gotta admit these guys do have a point. I don’t know where they get this idea, but according to them, recently the free VPN services are getting blocked, while the paid ones still work as fine. And they believe it is because the government figures that the people who are willing to pay for VPN services are better educated and richer, which means they are less likely to raise a revolution or something.

Well, maybe it is true that the government is just doing what they believe to be right for the country. But it doesn’t change the fact that as an individual, it is definitely better to live an European life than a Chinese one. Though they are complaining about the high tax rate (the Serbian guy said almost 60% of his yearly income was taken as tax), they can still afford cars, and houses with yards. And they even have all the air that is safe to breath, the water safe to drink, and food safe to eat…

Okay, I guess it is not really important who was right. The most important thing to me is that this discussion has led me to a further step in thinking.

I always say that one should not waste too much of his life on complaining, because complaining never changes a thing. And when I say complaining, it of course includes complaining about the government. If one can’t stand it where he is, the best way is always to leave. The second best is to change himself. The third is to change the environment. The fourth, and the least good one, is to complain while doing nothing.

尼采死了

上一辈的哲者一度坚信他们的文章可以拯救麻木的世人,就像尼采附体。30年的坚持之后,他们放弃了救世主式的英雄主义,选择了与年轻一代哲者一致的“冷漠的”人生观。

然而年轻一代其实并不因此而优于前者,因为他们其实都没能摆脱时代的影响。

30年前,也许尼采那一套的确曾经管用过。所以30年后,才会每个人心里都有个尼采。

再过30年,今天这些看似洒脱的哲者也将“落伍”,就像如今被冷落的说教派一样。

原来连哲者也无法真正的超脱。

谁是我?

2003年12月1日,第一次站在黄浦江边,望着对岸的璀璨耀目,迈出了寻梦之旅的第一步。一转眼已经过去六年有余。

六年前认识我的人们,在六年后的今天认识我的人们,还有在这六年中认识我的人们,我不知道对于他们每一个人,我是什么样子。我只知道,在他们所有人眼中的我,绝不是同一个人。可是究竟哪一个才是真正的我呢?六年前那个笨手笨脚笨嘴笨舌的胖子?六年后这个见谁都能微笑着聊几句的……家伙?还是这六年中的哪一天里哪一刹那的哪一个神情?……

其实人的一生追求的不过就是一个定义——“谁是我?”。不论中国的还是外国的一个个哲学家,写了一本又一本少有人读得懂的著作,不外都是希望为世人提供一个定义自己的标准。读得懂书的人,或者读不懂而只能追随宗教的人们,想要探寻的其实也都是那个标准。

有的人过于在乎来自他人的定义,有的人过于在乎来自自我的定义。但是绝没有人能全不在乎。

不辩胜万辩

近两年明显不那么热衷于通过辩论改变别人的想法了。今天先后向两个人表达一些想法,都中途放弃了。

其实在交谈的过程中,最无关紧要的事,就是把自己的想法传达给对方。弄清楚对方想要表达什么才是最重要的。如果同时还能了解一些对方没打算表达的想法,那么交谈就可以算是相当成功的了。

还是得办户口

我今天明白了一件事:能办户口一定要办户口,总办居住证不行!

刚才把今年续办居住证的材料交到人事手里了。今年比去年要的材料多,而且很多东西以前只要复印件,今年开始都要原件。

于是……,我就把我的身份证、居住证、劳动合同、房产证,全都交到一个我不熟的人的手上了!而且都是原件!!那可是我在上海全部的身家啊——我的身份、我的收入、我的债务……。万一那个人事去办事的路上被偷了被抢了,我的所有证件怎么办??

所以说能办户口一定要办户口。每年办一次居住证,就要担一次风险!

观音菩萨保佑我们公司的人事……

耶稣也保佑我们公司的人事,顺便祝他生日快乐……

还有Lars Magnus Eriksson他老人家的在天之灵,也保佑我们公司的人事……

梧桐颂

梧桐树太熊,太没纲。夏天太阳一晒,劈里啪啦掉皮。秋天小风一吹,稀里花啦掉野叶。

我们作为八十年代的新一辈,我们身为二十一世纪的主人,我们不要做没纲的梧桐。

我们要做寒风中挺拔的青松翠柏,无视一切严寒与风雪。

风吹得再凶,雪下得再厚,我们都默默呆望着天空,谁欺负都不吱声。