Self Reflection is the capacity of humans to exercise introspection and the willingness to learn more about their fundamental nature, purpose and essence. Instead of the legacy of existing self reflection many Chinese are practicing unknowingly; primary worshiping for good fortunes and competing on achievements (salary, housing, children, education..) for sense of superior complexity as the primary purposes of life pursuits, as if meaningful living can be accomplished merely through materialistic attainments (unfortunately life is a lot more complicated that that). A new self reflection routine which put things in perspective for happiness maximizing will be helpful to ease the ever increasing uneasiness and general dissatisfaction in modern China.
“You can have it all, just not all at the same time.”― Betty Friedan
Not too long ago, Chinese had gone through hardship from civil war, invasion, famine and other natural calamity for the past few centuries explaining now over 200 millions ethnic Chinese now residing outside of China, many from earlier days of gold miners to San Francisco to hard laborers in South East Asia where majority treated their host country as temporary transit with ultimate goal to go back to their mother lands once they had made it financially, however like many uncertainties in life, majority eventually settled down for good. As a results, inevitably the natural concerns when Chinese greeting each other were” have you taken your meals?” rather than asking other non essential but rather well-being aspects; “How its going?” They hold genuine concerns for each other fundamental needs as survival is the only things in their mind and had been conditioned so for quite some time.
It’s amazing where the paranoid mind can take you.– Bill Ayers
Indeed. things had finally changed for the better in China in the past few decades, therefore one need to act to stem glut of insecurities and worries many Chinese had having come of age at a time of global isolation and domestic hardship endured earlier, there’s a level of influences few could had ever imagined with Chinese companies venturing out not as factories but as brand and multinational corporation, Chinese companies leapfrogged on technologies embracing digital currencies leveraging on the massive couple of hundred million users data base in an age when raw data from the internet of people and internet of things is the new oil, China is in the best shape ever to join the rank of the influential global club, therefore a new self reflection is needed taking into consideration of all these new developments.
Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.– Nicholas M. Butler
However, as China burgeoning economy in recent decades has also spurred extravagant lifestyles from housing, automobile, children education to funerals that flaunt individual and family wealth and together with the powerful social media networking viral sharing and often malicious fear stoking manipulation, the perception of inequality, structural injustice and general dissatisfaction were at all time high, most overlooks almost everyone obsolete living standards had indeed improved and poverty is becoming rarity and life is improving on an unprecedented scale.
The rivalry is with ourself. I try to be better than is possible. I fight against myself, not against the other.— Luciano Pavarotti
When decency and higher purpose was a virtue to be striven for rather than being despised off as level of wealth become the sole indication of success measurement yardstick as the end justify the means, as a result. breaking free from the limbo of pursuit of happiness and myth of financial freedom, a well defined Self Reflection is critical for our everyday living to avert a negative impacts on one well being.
“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.”― Jim Carrey
A Self Reflection of putting things back into proper perspective and drawing of inherent or religious faith to move on, knowing one is mortal and limited in a way doing the best to leave a legacy for our next generation and others. Having a meaningful impacts to others as we should not let ever looming online anger and frustration prevail over facts and rationality. Strong positive faith still holds its allure as a statement of mind to progress well in our productive years. Lives indeed are improving and China is getting stronger and powerful and one should be proud and hold their heads high and higher expectations are needed.
Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.– H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
On the other hand, slowing growth and structural changes forcing many Chinese to redefine their primary objectives in life. Many are grappling with over leveraged mortgage and shrinking buying power as China entered the phase of moderate growth after three decades of remarkable progress where income virtually double up every 10 years along with the sky rocketed properties values of which many younger generations were being increasingly priced out especially in Tier 1 and 2 cities, authority property cooling measures are needed to moderate property speculation a primary source of discontent not to taken lightly.
The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.—Proverbs 15:4
In Summary, living standard had improved, life gotten a lot better as compared to previous generation, Chinese is gaining momentum for prolong and sustainable prosperity joining the rest of the affluent nations and one must guards against fallen prey to manipulation by jealousy, injustice and envies of others
You can be the moon and still be jealous of the stars. —Gary Allan