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谢迈克在中国

Mike Shecket Goes To China!

October 27th, 2007

I haven’t seen kites in a long time.  I sure don’t see them in Guiyang.  Probably one reason is that it’s too hilly.  Another reason could be that it’s so congested and polluted that your kite would hit stuff or you wouldn’t be able to see it fly.

Also, there are more beggars here than in Guiyang, probably because there’s more people who can hand out money.

I miss cats.

My life here is pretty easy overall, it’s stimulating, I’m learning stuff, but I don’t feel like I’m really helping anyone.  My idealistic/egotistical side isn’t really being fed at the moment.  I have some impulse lately that what I really ought to do is come back to the U.S. and try to help fix it.  I would have to do my own thing in my own way, though, not join up with some group.

I was trying to make a list of things I like about the U.S., and I was having a hard time coming up with things that are unique to the United States.  Most of my favorite people in the world live there or are from there, though.  Then again, maybe it’s just the upper-middle class cultural elite-type people that I miss.  I find it refreshing not to have a bible in my hotel room (and FYI, there isn’t a Little Red Book or anything else like that in here either), and I figure that doesn’t put me in good stead with the majority of “mainstream America”.  I don’t fit into the mainstream there, and I certainly don’t fit in here.  I guess the real question is whether there is anywhere in the world where I would fit in better than I do in my native country.

The other thing I’ve been thinking about lately is that if I had happened to have been born in another time in history, there might not have been any nation or group on the face of the earth that I would possibly have been proud to belong to.   Am I better off looking for a niche in a highly imperfect but extremely diverse society and trying to change it from within than to look for some kind of fantasy dreamland somewhere else in the world?  That’s a skewed question, of course.  I could just as well ask: am I better off accepting the privileges handed to me by circumstances of birth or should I try to turn around and pass along my good fortune among those not so fortunate?

I have a long time to think about this stuff.  It’s now been exactly two months since I arrived, and I have eight-plus more months to go.  And oh yeah, the rest of my life.

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  1. maggie

    so anyway, what is it that you wanted to change about the world?

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