The beginning of the 2020s is beyond our expectation. Bushfire crisis in Australia, the global COVID-19 pandemic, the violent clashes began in Minneapolis and etc, shows that everything used to be in good order tends towards an upheaval. Hsu Cho-yun, a famous Chinese writer, has criticized the modern society originated from the west in his book The Successes and Failures of Modern Civilization. says, the difficulties we face is not a periodic adjustment, but a decline resulted from the long-term excessive development.
Meanwhile, we walk into an era starts its own flash point. For instance, the launch of SpaceX marking the dawn of the commercial human spaceflight industry indicates that still someone dares to dream; the telecommunication industry represented by Huawei uses 5G technology as the Noah's Ark to embrace the arrival of a digital era; the Internet industry represented by Alibaba has proved that lovely changes will happen as long as efforts are made.
「Heaven to earth, come and go」
When a generation look back again at the pass we are now, we will more clearly sense the alternation of the old and new, tragedy and chaos of the end of the era, and the joy and hope of the dawn of the new era – The choice of the generation determines what the era will be like.
Some initiative and responsibility are always required. Even in troubled times, Mr. Qian Mu, a contemporary Chinese thinker and educator, still wrote the strong words as “Let’s march over life, let’s sing when we’re tired.” Despite of poor timing, he committed to shoulder a thousand pounds of burden and harbors sincere patriotism. His poem, “Million Miles, nations propers all in our sight,Thousand years, Olds and News weave realm of the light,” let’s move forward.
Some self-sustaince and self-consistence are always required. As a Chinese saying goes, gentleman keeps modest so as to cultivate one’s moral character. Mr. Qian Yongxiang, a well-known modern Chinese philosopher, once said, “Life will always have a shortcoming skewness. It’s hard to make a choice between mundane success and one’s true ideal goal, and among those routine achievements, people usually are chasing incomparable materialized goals; any option definitely sacrifices others.” In such a world of hustle and bustle, everyone is encouraged to find out a piece of peace, like Thoreau owned his time in Walden.
Small proceeds, great comes up, where the earth meets the heaven and all matters connect. The darkness is fading, and the silver lining is seen. Hope we all can make this declaration in the future as we look back. The 2020s is a grandiose time in which the new generation has changed the world.
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