We are Chinese. 出人头地 is our life goal. This exhortation influences every Chinese more or less. You may say it is颓废 because you were taught it is. But think it more deeply. We don’t live for money, work or achievement, we live for enjoying life.

tonyliang99 (tony)
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I like dumpling’s articles very much, mostly because I have the same thoughts as hers now.

I used to work very hard. I was taught to do everything for the best. I was the number one student in our high school and entered a famous university. I was still one of the best students in our class, and I worked for a joint-venture software company after graduation. I was very ambitious then. I quitted my job and set up a company with my friends. We did just so-so, but even though it is still not a big company now, I earn more than 100k usd/year in China. I bought 3 houses and two cars in Shanghai. Do you think I should be satisfied with all these? I don’t feel I am happier than my classmates who earn less than 200k rmb. When I went to Thailand on business, a Thailander asked me why Chinese want to earn money so much. I suddenly didn’t know how to answer him. Thailand’s economy is mastered by descent of Chinese, because native Thailanders are lazy. Once they earn enough money for living, they don’t want to work more, while Chinese, on the other hand, cudgel their brains for more money. It is not only Thailanders are ‘lazy’, but also people in western world. I got this by talking with a few European. Then I started to ponder upon my life and begun to change my attitude toward life. Why should I work hard to earn lots of money but cannot realize the dream I had when I was a little child --- to travel around the world. I neither have the freedom to go abroad nor do I have the time. So, I decided to immigrate, and enjoy my life ever after. Maybe after a-few-year struggle, I may settle down in Canada, and start to enjoy my traveling. As for money, enough is enough.
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