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Why are Chinese so fond of scrambling? (2)

(People's Daily Online)

13:20, October 25, 2012


Finally, the lack of social and cultural guidance. The "Book of Filial Piety" has a saying "set a good example of respect and humility for the people so that they won't compete". The modern society strongly advocates competition and has weakened the guidance for benevolence and morality. Peoples' hearts are filled with selfishness and self-centered mentality, which causes a striking contrast with the sublime sense of content advocated in the ancient times to "be the first to bear hardships, and the last to enjoy comforts".

Then what should we do when facing the scrambling phenomenon?

Sometimes, when we have no choice but to join the queue of scrambling, we should maintain a peaceful mind in facing the results. We may get what we scramble for or we may not, since resources are scarce. We would feel unsettled and disturbed if we attached too much importance on the results. In fact, we should take it easy and remain joyful no matter we get it or not. Only by letting go of the obsession can we be always happy. In addition, ask ourselves from time to time: is this what I really need? Do I have to scramble for it? For instance: "Do I have to rush onto the train since I do not have much luggage and it will not be difficult to find room to place the luggage while I have a seat and there is enough time?" In this way, we can rationally talk to ourselves and not join into the scrambling because of impulse or blind obedience. Finally, experience the enjoyment of "courtliness" more. For example, if we are not in a hurry, we can wait for the next bus and let the more anxious people go first, thus our hearts will be filled with calmness and leisure as well as the joy of helping and caring for others. Society will turn to a real family if everybody does so.

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