Roundtables: Hubei in 2021
There is a good deal of anxiety about the direction of the moral life in China. Some argue that there is reason to fear that China may be entering a moral crisis. In my eyes, It is truly so, while China is not the only country facing this dilemma.
I was born in Hubei, a central province of China in terms of geography. Born and raised here, I saw some obvious great changes. If asked the question "What's happening in Hubei or China at large？" My reply would be: by and large, people are changing their minds and thoughts gradually. Though the mainstream is still there, there is also room for the minority to happen and develop.
More people are trying to solve the poverty problem and improve their own life. This is good, and everyone has their understanding and plans forit. Among these people, the intellectuals are having a hard time combating the social reality. Most Chinese intellectuals, especially those youngsters, are full of youthful idealism. We are instructed like this, the more you struggle, the better you will live. With this belief, intellectuals are working their best to get a better life. And that's the reason for the newly emerged phenomenon of "involution". Everyone works hard to get better resources but the "better resources" are limited, to get the resources, today's intellectuals have to make more efforts (sometimes ten times or more than those several decades ago).
The Chinese working people also tried hard to live a better life or provide their offsprings with a better life. Most working class work for their children——to provide them with better education and resources. It is because the working class have realized the importance or more exactly, the priority of social status and educational status, maybe they didn't have that much, so they hope their children can have that to reduce part of their competitive pressure when the children step into the society and face the harsh reality for the first time. After all, in the fast-developing era, everyone who doesn't know how to renew their minds and technologies cannot survive for long. It's clear that social and educational equality is a matter of survival not only to the working class, but every one of us "common people ".
As most of us has realized the significance of struggling for a better life and the paradox of the natural rule of "involution", some has put that after all, we are all struggling for a future that doesn't need us to struggle anymore, where we can live peacefully and comfortably. Why don't we just enjoy a peaceful life now, what's the need to struggle if we don't have a healthy body to enjoy it anymore? And that's what most youngsters now are thinking. They don't seek extreme wealth, instead, they want a tranquil life. They know it's impossible to live a carefree life, their only wish is that they wouldn't be troubled by money affairs. And that part of the Chinese people would become the new mainstream. Then the population could be thoroughly divided into several parts: the extremely rich or powerful, the stable middle class, and the poor. And people from each class would be relatively fixed.
As for the young people today, it seems that they don't have any belief at all. While their only belief is to follow their hearts and not to accept makeshifts. To them, a person who has no choice but to accept makeshifts is a total failure, and no one wants to be a failure. Maybe not settling down and reject makeshifts is the last dignity for their youth. I am one of these youngsters now and how about you? would you like to settle down and accept makeshifts?