I agree, Bu Lai. It’s very adult of you to post such a humble assesment of yourself. But I have to say that what we, as foreigners, percieve as “best” is often different in the eyes of the locals. While living here, I have learned to look at things from different perspectives. There are many situations where there is no “perfect” way, and you must make compromises.
We cannot have the convenience of transportation without taking a risk. For instance…riding a motor scooter is risky. But considerably cheaper and more convenient than buying a car. What about nuclear power? There’s a risk of a meltdown that could kill thousands, but it’s a cheaper, cleaner and plentiful supply of energy. Every time we get on an airplane, we risk our lives in someone elses hands. 100 years from now, people are going to look back at us and say “Man, those people of the 21st century led RISKY lives!”
People 100 years ago led much riskier lives than we do, today. But I’ll argue that we aren’t necessarily “better off” today than we were 100 years ago. In some ways we are. For example, life is full of conveniences, and people live longer lives than they used to. Education is more accessible, and there’s more wealth than there used to be. But most people today are not as self-reliant and individualistic as those living 100 years ago. Look how many people DEPEND on the government for things. Welfare, health care, retirement, etc… They even COMPLAIN when these things are threatened, even though they’re capable of taking care of that shit by themselves. Look at how so many highly educated people lack common sense and wisdom. We’ve replaced life’s experiences with automatic tellers and drive through McDonalds’.
Here in Taiwan, things are a little bit more like they used to be in the west. Practicality. It’s not perfect, but I love it. There are some great things about the west, too. But if I were Taiwanese, I wouldn’t go to the U.S. and start ripping in to how stupid it is to build wooden houses on typhoon-prone coasts. It’s MY job to be critical of my country! Because at least I can do something about it. But here, it ain’t my business. I’ll just enjoy the good things about Taiwan. And, believe it or not, that ain’t too difficult. I never said I was better than anyone else. But neither are you, so don’t tell me what’s “best”!