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Mike Shecket Goes To China!

May 13th, 2008

When I wrote yesterday, I didn’t know the extent of the loss of life and damage…although I should have guessed.  I suppose I didn’t want to think about it.

I had been planning on going to Chengdu for a long time…almost went middle of last month, and almost went over the May 1st holiday.  Now, who knows if I’ll get the chance at all?  But of course, that’s of basically no importance.

It’s upsetting to see people who are so poor and vulnerable all the time.  In the city, I see plenty of people just scraping by, and in the countryside, it’s much worse, although I’ve seen little or none of rural China.

I think the overall effect of recent events is that I really can’t get that worked up about disasters in western countries…I can assure you that as rotten as it was, people in Burma would have been really happy to have a Superdome.

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  1. maggie

    I know what you mean about not being able to get worked up after moving about in”real” poverty- I feel that way about general issues after India- but I’m not sure how it translates, practically, in my personal life. I mean, if the idea is to have a better attitude about challenges in my personal life, because somewhere, someone has it worse, I guess I’m better, but not great. It’s hard to sustain a world-view at all times…..

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