Living in the big eastern cities and spiritual freedom – 选择北上广、江浙,哪怕仅仅是选择精神上的自由,也足够 – English

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I saw Wang Yuancheng’s “The hard-working traveller of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, why stay far from your loved ones, and not return?”

I fully agree with this,

And would like to add a little.

(这句肯定是做个大招牌某些人也看不见了)

Years ago, a good friend wanted to go eat some of our home specialties,

We went together on a trip back home

There had been great changes at home

if we went out at night,

driving around,

it seemed almost as though we had not left Shanghai, not left Hangzhou,

But, once we spoke to other people,

My friend said: I feel like the Eastern provinces (Jiangsu and Zhejiang) are in a completely different country to this one. It’s like coming from Europe to China.

Here, due to unnecessary regional disputes,

I won’t say what province or city my family home is. I have a young cousin,

a few years ago I helped him find a job (this will be relevant, I’m not just showing off)

and by chance that was also the time I visited home,

My cousin confided to me that he would rather rent in Hangzhou,

than go home to buy a house and get married.

He told me this because my aunt knew he would listen to me,

and she wanted me to do my cousin’s work

so that he could come home.

My cousin said with a wrinkled brow,

“My father’s family, my mother’s family,

they are all against my staying in Hangzhou.”

My cousin looked very hurt,

saying that while perhaps to say that the Eastern provinces were a hundred years ahead of our home might be an exaggeration,

to say that they were 780 years ahead,

this would not be an exaggeration at all,

I really would rather go east and rent,

so that I can be spiritually free.

我真的宁愿在那租房子住,

精神自由自在的。

我说:做你想做的。我帮不了你别的,但肯定不会帮你妈来说你的。

很多人选择北上广、江浙。

并非家乡物质条件不行,

现在很多二三线、甚至四线城市,

吃的玩的应有尽有,

玩的花样甚至比那些一线城市多多了。

我想说的是硬件,妥妥的,

就跟这个国一样,

硬件妥妥的,

但是软件不行。

这个国,火箭满天飞,

就算哪天跺跺脚亚洲其他国家都要屎尿齐飞,

也不是一个真正意义的大国,

她还没有和经济、科技相对应的现代文化,

说得夸张点,

没有现代文化。

(转载请打招呼,尤其是无耻的专靠偷东西过活的营销账号,

其中最恶心的是微博的营销账号,我有微博,发过了! @陈哈chenha )

选择离开家乡的人,

不一定要在大城市成名立万,

不一定非得衣锦还乡。

他们选择的是自由,

精神上的自由,

选择的是那个城市对他的包容。

以本人为例——我不具代表性,只能代表自己。

我喜欢做的事情,

并不需要支持,

也不需要理解,

只要没人干涉我,

我觉得就十分幸福。

(转载请打招呼,尤其是无耻的专靠偷东西过活的营销账号,

其中最恶心的是微博的营销账号,我有微博,发过了! @陈哈chenha )

再说个小例子,

前年秋天我有空,

回了趟家。

有天舅舅也在我家,

我出门去找朋友聊天,

换了件针织衫,

针织衫上有不规则的破洞。

结果就是这件针织衫,

这么小个破事,

能弄出半天的麻烦来。

舅舅先是问我为什么衣服破了还要穿,

我说样式本来就是这样的。

家人说不要穿这件出去了,

院子里人会说你的。

我心说,还没生娃在背后嚼舌头就算了,

一件衣服,这等小事也要唧唧歪歪?

我嘴上说:不至于吧,很正常一件衣服,我经常穿的,半点回头率都没。

家人对此不依不饶,我也坚决不换别的衣服。

后来穿着这针织衫出门去见朋友了,

院子里倒是没碰到什么老人儿,

结果被我的朋友说了半天,

说我太标新立异了,

天可怜见。

【为了照顾某些人,补个标注:

此例只是用来说明包容度、多样性的缺失。】

从这种小事就可以看出来了。

遑论工作、结婚、生子这些事情了。

很多人在北上广、江浙等地工作,

单身着,丁克着,甚至gay着、蕾丝边着,

大家熟若无睹,

根本不算个屁事——那是人家自己的生活方式,你管得着吗?

过好自己不是很重要吗?

但是在家乡就是不行,

你会被念叨死。

当然,

你真想做的事情当然没人挡得住,

别人念叨也阻挡不了你,

但是有人干涉和没人干涉你选什么呢?

你非得选有人干涉?

对我来说,同样是没人可以阻止我做自己想做的事情,

我选择远离干涉。

看得懂吗?看不懂的依然看不懂,

他会跟你说,你心里是自由的,

跟在哪儿有关系吗,

要换地方才自由那叫自由吗,

要真的自由哪里都是自由的——哦,苍天,你说东,他说西。

(这段基本白写,不懂的照样不懂,刻意忽视的依然忽视)

(转载请打招呼,尤其是无耻的专靠偷东西过活的营销账号,

其中最恶心的是微博的营销账号,我有微博,发过了! @陈哈chenha )

还是那句话,

要么变成跟他们一样,要么熏死,要么爬出去。

回趟家,

儿时同学、朋友,在老家都是好几套房,

自己住的都是百多平的大房子,

大家反复跟我说的一句话是,

“你要是还留在这,住别墅都有可能啦”。

不自由,

住别墅又能怎样呢,

一个大的笼子而已。

自由,

岂是钱的问题?

(PS:建议大家还是多看评论,多看推荐语,

这样才能看到各种你想象不到的思维,

精华和乐子都在这些里面了,

多看这些思维和活生生的例子,

“自由,岂是钱的问题”这句话才会更丰满鲜活。)

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