A really old dude told me yesterday that there are two tragedies in life, one is not getting what you want, and the other is getting it. I didn’t understand it, but here is what I think. If we are constantly stuck in these two states (the state of wanting, and the state of getting), then logically we are constantly living in a tragedy. But if our whole life is a tragedy, that means our whole life is not a tragedy. Because it is the happy moments that make the sad ones seem sad, without contrast to present relativity that is no distinct happiness or sadness. So try to think more on the positive end the next time you think “life sucks”, cause if it really is a tragedy, at least you get to choose the ending cause you are your life’s own screenwriter, right? unless you are living a life already written for you by someone else.
Since the day I arrived in China, observing my surroundings and understanding its intricacies have become habits (mainly cuz I am bored). From my observations, I noticed a similarity between what I saw and the common Asian (in my case, Chinese) stereotype that “Asians are super duper hardworking (in every endeavor they attempt)”.
With that said, not much has been said of the value of this “hardworking” industrious behavior, because most immediately assume a positive connotation. But the more I look around, I began to see much more of what I call “lazy hard-work”.
From a societal standpoint, people work very hard at what they do, but few are creative with what they do. Few attempt to venture into the unknown, to “work hard” to find innovative options and ideas. Most are content with the same level of production, the same way of life. This complacency mixed with some insecurity leads to the inability acknowledge the existence of alternatives, in my normal careless tone, I call this phenomenal not “narrow-minded” but “simple-minded”.
From a commercial standpoint, most are content with “working hard” to COPY others, to counterfeit the popular brands, to reproduce the same script, instead of rewriting their own destiny. Companies work “very hard” to produce the same products already on the market, with the only goal of lower prices with unfair labor pays. This is a very lazy way of production, emulation implies not only lack of creativity but also lack of “motor” or motivation to create originality.
From an educational standpoint, students spend every waking hour (literally) working their butts off, but only to conform to rotary memorization of stiff concepts. They “work hard” at memorizing materials, but are lazy in looking for alternative (much healthier) study tactics and methods, ones that do not entail all-nighters for 2 yrs studying for that one College Placement test.
There are many reasonable and, in the short run, unchangeable causes for these above instances. But for now, I am only making observations and serving it up with my own spices of bias. Grant me some time, for it has only been 10 days, and I will understand the causes.
ABridged Version: “To work hard is easy and lazy, to work hard and smart is hard and difficult”