The day we went to Air Force Museum is a big day as others. But I want to mention it. because it leave me a perfect impression. On the way back from the AFM, I talk to Pete about the difference between China and America. And the point of this is focused on the individuality and harmony.
As everyone knows that American uphold individuality and freedom. While in China, president Hu has just talked about harmony. These two thing are different absolutely. I can't tell which is better cause they both have two sides.
Pete thinks that people in America perusing individuality & freedom is not a bad thing. But now there may be too much individuality. And because of that, people think they can do everything they want. Then there come lots of problems of society, since individuality may cause lots of conflicts, right? So the society's harmony which was talked by Hu should be taken into consideration.
While I think people in China are not as creative as in America. We do what teacher told us to do. We think as the parents told us which way is the best or the correct. We get few critical opinions. If there's a theory about something, we are very easy to follow. As time goes, we get used to follow others instead of creating by ourselves. We got the same opinion. We all do the same things! But actually those are things we don't want to see. Although it seems harmonious on the surface, people in the society are just enduring. Cause they have to give the same answer to the exam. they have to please boss by presents. They can't have his own opinion on certain affairs. Or to say you can't say your opinion to the public. Facing these problems, should we take individuality into consideration ?
So there must be an equilibrium point between the individuality and harmony. So what will be the point? It didn't come up an answer to this question in the conversation. But I just think about it after. I think American usually consider things with units of single person. That is they usually want to max they own profits. That's not mean selfishness. That is if someone need help, that's OK. If not, I would do just to make my life better. While in China, people usually consider things with units of the whole society. That is, Chinese usually nerves about "What will people around me think about my action?" For example there is a man wants to recite English words in the study room with other students around him. He may think whether he would be looked down upon cause the book he carry is just primary one. Yeah that may be ridiculous. But actually it is.
Hence I think why don't people consider things with units of a family ? Since we all have our family. Society are consisted of units of family. What people consider is to max profits of the whole family. Is that will be better? I don't know. It is just an simple idea came in the today morning.
So it just my thought. And a few things may displease you. Just forget about it, cause I didn't give the best representative example.So what do you think of this? Did you find an equilibrium point? Or do you identified with me? Or what's your opinion about this? Let's chat about this.