被问

被问起当年为什么来上海,惊讶自己居然已经记不起来了。

是为了公平的竞争环境和广阔的事业前景?是为了光明正大地和女友同居?是为了寻找生活在大都市的感觉?是为了逃避父母的关心和期望?是为了同学聚会的时候“海漂”的面子?……刚才说什么了?

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.