I have talked about my concern over the sustainability of the way Hong Kong works since years ago and talked about inevitable social unrest and our fragile situation in face of any epidemic. I am not going to repeat myself again.
IF the CCP thinks it is a lack of CCP law that had caused social unrest in Hong Kong, Hong Kong economy will not recover forever. If I am an investor, I will move out -- not because of the law, but because of LACK OF ACTION to ensure sustainable development which is needed to maintain the profit.
Quality education, one that promotes critical thinking and independent working attitudes (you don't need a leader to tell a group of people what to do -- they will sort that out themselves) is what makes MY investment profitable.
A huge group of people with critical thinking will ensure that hoaxes and scams have a difficult time running around without being exposed. Most people would not inspect a claim if doing so is "emotionally offensive". Being critical is to be able to offend yourself and challenge others.
Management cost decreases significantly if people are able to manage themselves and people are put off from trying to be a con artist knowing that they won't have an easy time.
Obviously CCP is trying to put off foreign investments into Hong Kong in order to take over, as well as putting an end to the high quality education some schools in HK have been providing all over the years.
If Hong Kong education churns out brainwashed youths which cannot be hired by international standards, the next generation will have to submit to CCP for a living for sure, because we don't have too much local primary and secondary industry to put food on the table directly.
The medics are fighting. The next professional industry to go into the battlefield will be the educators.
What the CCP doing is like: oh you have a fever, shouldn't you take some paracetamol? That will put your fever down for sure. Now will you just take some and stop the fuss?
Hong Kong people are wise enough to recognize that we are in the absolutely wrong hands.
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Moreover, those who were unable or have always been unwilling to provide such education for most (even for just a generation) and therefore seldom hit the jackpot, usually are ardent supporters for education to deviate from teaching ideals and are known to be constantly telling the young to be submissive to the dark side of our society.
It should be admitted that "teaching ideals" is not only about teaching the goals. Good education motivates students and equip them with good tools to achieve what they wish for. Students should be encouraged to do things creatively (which means they try out original solutions, not only doing what is already out there), challenge them to find more effective ways to do things rather than what they are used/told to do, and therefore not asking for unquestioned conformity to rules and traditions.
I agree that a lot of Hong Kong students were not priviledged enough to enjoy such high quality education (which is a luxury in the whole world), while I do consider the majority of those who remain in Hong Kong after finishing local education are not well-equipped with soft skills to execute creative projects effectively such that sad incidents have been repeating itself too much.
It is sad that Chinese culture has always stressed the well-being of one's family members over that of one's neighbours. Good education (the realized form of caring about your neighbours as your own family) will never become the mainstream in such an environment, even for one single generation, and will always make those who are able to get some (like me) the "isolated minority" from the mainstream, who believes that we should submit ourselves to "reality" and forget about "unattainable" ideals.
It must look like a sad joke for all of those who had received such style of education to hear that some actually seems to believe that "people cannot team up and co-operate without being controlled by an external organization". People have huge potentials. It is the ignorant society that ruins them. Loving your neighbour is the critical element for breaking away from the prison of ignorance.
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Most educated westerners would have laughed at such a naive point of view -- there are quite a number of people in the world who have been brainwashed from a very young age not to attempt to change what is actually artificial, and been told that they are not Edisons so they could not have invented something new even if they had tried.
Neither fairness, equality, artificial inventions nor freedom of speech has been brought by some law of nature; rather, they were ideals proposed by a few "naive people" and succeeded in bring out the product after a serious of failures in most parts of the developed world, Edison's team effort was considered minute compared to other achievements attained by a huge group of angry young adults (joined by more people later) working very hard wishing for a respectable return (sometimes for their remaining children as well as others') and therefore finally changing how each of their society runs.
In the past, the wealthy would engage in extremely luxurious activities which wasted away a lot of precious resources. People around the world have managed to force them to give up some of these resources to enhance the development of the greater society. This is what actually happened and written down in most history books. Not that the wealthy has become poor or devoid of luxurious entertainment; in fact, the wealthy has become extremely wealthy due to improvements in the public sector and technology unimaginable in the past has brought greater choices to the wealthy class.
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I realized that most of the people I met outside the elite academic circle would never get a high mark in the GRE. "Wrong answers" were upheld even when challenged, and there were people who seemed totally unable to comprehend why their logic was faulty.
The judge whose professional speech had spurred social uproar looks like someone who would not pass the GRE, to my great surprise.
Some As are Bs who deserve punishment, so if some Cs look like As, then every C is a B and needs to be punished, right?
The correct answer here is: NO.
It is one thing to pity people who made such a mistake and feel sad that people were wrongly hurt due to a serious logic error. It is another thing for a JUDGE to throw away rule of law by:
1. Sympathizing with people who do irreversible damage to people who were not carrying weapons by carrying out "punishment" without a proper court.
2. Agreeing with the logic which is the core part of discrimination and terrorists' attack in addition to praising the criminal for his submission to law enforcement.
The Hong Kong Education had been very prudent in the sense that those who were not going to make it into the college were not taught how to protect themselves against systematic damage.
If someone broke your living and induced systematic damage to the whole industry, you should gather up all the victims and sue those who induced the event. That is the spirit of rule of law. Everyone is entitled to work and prosper, so stabbing people is absolutely not acceptable.
Stabbing a knife into someone who you THINK has made your purse miserable, just because she pushed you when you two had a heated argument, is a very nice demonstration of a potential criminal propensity, however. If there is a PsychoPass check available in HK, I am quite confident that that ex-guide would be a latent criminal from the start.
I sincerely believe that bad education results in collective honouring of the terrorists' mindset. In the 5000 years of "Chinese history", most people of all eras had been deprived of high-quality education resources and the Chinese Culture that remained after all the years of turmoils, was unfortunately corrupted to the core, which had resulted in the current fart.
I want to say that I was able to appreciate the grace of GRE more and more over the years. If I were to take another one, I would very gladly do so this time.
But earlier this week I saw one of them who expressed his view on a healthy relationship in SCMP and I like that article and thought may be there are still some good guys out there.
The article says that if you are afraid to raise your honest opinion when you are in the relationship due to co-dependency, then it is not a good sign.
People should help each other but not forever so. If you are not able to do something now, you should learn to do it later. If you are no good at something in the past, you should try to improve and learn.
If the relationship becomes the reason that the participants won't grow, then they would be dependent to the point that if they raise a voice which might not be pleasant to the other, they would pose a danger to themselves.
Dependency is evil but temporary ones are acceptable. The CP pointed out that many are engaged in unhealthy relationships because they grew in in such so they built more as they age.
To me, that article, which seemed to be about romantic relationship at a glance, was actually a poignant comment on the 5K years of Chinese culture.
We are not supposed to revolutionize our political system to create a better society. We are not supposed, as a kid, to force our parents to provide us a more nurturing environment. As couples, we are told that it is the truth that each are highly dependent with each other. We are told not to change a tradition even if it is doing harm to all because "we are Chinese, we have traditions, we don't change".
As a result, the Chinese are being despised by most developed countries, and the Chinese government is openly building relationship starring dependency as the core with other developing countries.
In my eyes, it is not healthy to the world. Independence should be promoted for a prosperous and peaceful world where people can have a good life and are able to respect each other.
My observation over the years tells me that most people cannot self-study unless they are sure it would be profitable to do so.
Most people still remember the nightmare in which they studied hard for their exams and the materials they have memorized left them too soon for them to be able to feel satisfied with the fruits of their efforts.
It is, therefore, VERY important to teach the SCIENCE of cognitive psychology to KIDS, in order for them to be able to self-study.
Most people cannot come into terms that they need several exposures to consolidate newly learnt materials. Many cannot accpet that human beings, as an animal with higher intelligence, are not very good at route learning.
We prefer emotionally, socially or cognitively stimulating scenarios, preferable a qualitatively DIFFERENT one each exposure, in order to attain a solid memory of whatever is to be learnt.
So most students who don't need much training to be good at self-studying, are gifted with powerful imagination and reflective intelligence (with which they intuitively understand the workings of the mind), which they have learnt to harbour and make good use of, well beyond their peers.
In this aspect, Hong Kong education is indeed a failure. Most people came out NOT knowing the real problem behind their learning strategy and instead blame themselves, or worse, telling people that academic attainment is of no use in the commercial world most can learn well in real-life scenarios while most shed the memory of those "academic stuff" soon after they go to work.
Therefore, people who can naturally self-study, are fundamentally on a completely different track than others because they have a different world view as a result of their insights and experience. Education systems which empower the students with the ability to self-study raise psychologically powerful nations that can react promptly to any new incoming challenge if the swiftly changing world.
Real life example? Denmark.
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Even the Americans had complained that the Chinese do not know how to educate their kids properly and had to rely on the school system, which is designed to tackle academic skills.
Kids learn by social interactions. If there are no good model around, they will just act with their animal instinct.
Children observe the adults on ways to satisfy one's desire, express anger, voice questions and solve problems. If they are not given good examples, they will lag behind those who successfully mimic the socially acceptable methods provided by their caregivers.
This is why learning music should never be a lonely trip. Music is a tool to express one's subjective and emotional impression of the world and a philosophical way to describe their feelings with sound, and daily social interaction with music as a tool is what makes learning music natural to some but not for the others. Most Hong Kong parents had forgotten that music is not born for the sake of taking exams and earning certificates, and learning a language that the kid cannot use in daily life will ensure quick lost of memory of whatever was learnt. There are little things the teachers can do if the parents do not understand the importance of "music engagement" outside classrooms.
The same goes for academic studies. Too many people complain on the internet that whatever they have learnt in school were mostly forgotten as they become middle-aged people. People like me, who has a good retainment rate of of the taught materials, had made good use of those things over the years. So knowing how and where those things learnt can be used frequent enough, and placing oneself in an environment where usage of those learnt things is fruitful, are of the same importance as having a motivation to learn.
Human beings are, in general, social animals. Many people would just avoid doing something because it feels lonely, be it completing homework alone in one's private room, or play a musical instrument in a dining room with no keen audience. People initiate actions with interactions, so if left alone often, quite a lot of people would revert to being an animal.
I agree with the Danish PM that things will never be the same -- not only for Denmark, but for the whole world, after all the months of isolation till COVID-19 becomes just another "heavy flu", many people would be reverting to "their original self", and many would doubt the current system of economy as well as raising questions to other countries' political systems, which most people had avoided out of courtesy before.
History has shown that people had committed the same mistakes OVER AND OVER again, with dire consequences.
Individual differences shape people's experience so many are not ready to accept the statistical truth behind Gente's Law, which states that people should not believe that one is better than the other.
When people believe of their own superiority, then tend to see problems as the innate properties of "inferior groups" and miss the chances of preventing the same problems arising from themselves.
The COVID-19 pandemic is just another failure in the same line.
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This is the first time I have truly felt fear in my life in reality (having nightmares don't count ok?). I have been nervous during exams and dictations but my meager knowledge in history is warning me that a highly transmissible and elusive virus that is really dangerous because it can evolve at such a speed where people just get sick again and again without end until most people left have efficient antibodies against it.
Flu kills too, but most people do not really need any medical attention (or else the Japanese would be quite dead since they have a habit of, for example, going to work for 10 days with a fever). COVID-19 is NOT as lenient. At least one tenth of the patients really need professional support to get through. The hospital systems, anywhere in the world you can name, are NEVER prepared for mass infection of such caliber.
Which means the ACTUAL death rate, if COVID-19 is let free to run like the flu (which actually has got some vaccines), is nearly 10%, as in Italy.
Worse, many profitable economic activities, not including the cruise ships which are just the tip of the iceberg, revolved around old people who have accumulated some capital. For them , investment probably means giving the money to somebody else to manage. They don't go to work so they spend their time doing leisure activities and most of the entertainment (by volume) is actually targeted to this market. Medical needs as well as full time caregivers get their demand mainly from this group. The property market is profitable because the old people can afford to live in the rural areas, can buy new flats in the city center and lent them to the young adults who need to work long hours -- since the buyer is NOT the young adults, the developers can puff their work up with nice decorations and sell the flats as "luxurious items" even though the living condition is really bad (small and dirty design). The real users (like me) would certainly vote against such practices and refuse to buy (costs millions, so must be picky) while pressuring the government to set up laws which would protect the living condition of one's future HOME.
It means many companies would go bankrupt and even if they are saved by the government they will no longer be able to get easy profit like they did. Banks would take a huge blow and many people will lose their jobs (which is about making easy money out of the elderly -- no I don't mean they didn't work hard or had cheated, but that the "technical difficulty" of their business operations is not that high).
Technical difficulty is a REAL wall. Years of music training had given me a strong belief that there are things which people, as a group, have difficulty dealing with. When it is about important things like economy and social stability, the results will be much worse than playing a piece badly.
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