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BY DI READERS | OCTOBER 15, 2013 5:00 AM

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Re: World citizen: Getting somewhere

The responses from a couple of the students interviewed showed exactly why the job prospects are bleak: The reality is right, their mindsets are wrong. If you acknowledge the problem but don’t do anything about it or plan ahead, you are getting nowhere. Before you complain about not getting what you wanted, ask yourself, do you truly deserve it? This is a world where nothing is just handed to (the majority of) us on a plate; if you think you deserve something, then formulate a plan, stick to it, try harder, and you’ll get it.

Yifan Lai

I still remember the narrator in the book Cathedral, by Raymond Carver, who snippily assumes he’s superior to his fellows and is certain that the ability to see is everything and puts no efforts into seeing anything beyond the surface; not till the moment when he’s drawing the cathedral while closing his eyes does he finally realize his thwarted insight into the world around him.

Nothing is easier than standing up high and making arrogant judgments by imposing invalidating patterns on your fellows’ stories while seeking a space for defense within the safety of conventional ideologies. Yes, we need to be hardworking, plan ahead, and pursue a seemingly promising career. But it doesn’t mean that we have to be the material social climbers without a pause to inspect what we have been doing and whether or not we’ve been so utilitarian that we have lost the free spirit.

Admittedly, a considerable number of Chinese students are focusing on studying and engaged in exploring their outlooks rather than simply complaining. Complaints that come from worries about the uncertainties in China and America are pretty reasonable; I am afraid that you are holding fault at your fellows with no solid rationale.

Rao Fu


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