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Q: I See Fire

Yesterday I watched Desolation of Smaug, which I'm happy to say I could download. I'd like to share this awesome song with you all: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNjc2NDk3OTU2.html

When I realized I'd missed 2 Hobbit movie releases, this and Unexpected Journey, I really felt isolated. But my movie backlog will soon be remedied Laughing out loud

 

One line from the song got me wondering about China: "And if we should die tonight, we shall al die together." There's lots of cooperation within family, to take advantage of situations. But at times of need, even family members cease to be family. They cooperate at the wrong times, and abandon one another when it counts the most. The way they dump their kids with grandparents or completely abandon them, I wonder how deeply ingrained this opportunism is.

 

If people learned to have confidence in their own abilities, they would also be confident enough to place trust in others, family or otherwise. That's how social capital is created - trust and trustworthniness. People in China seem eager to reap the benefits of cooperation, but walk away from the obligations. I've seen children with more backbone back home; I was one. Are there no pillars in the Chinese community?

6 years 16 weeks ago in  Family & Kids - China

 
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And yet, so many people here choose to invite or involve family members in business affairs, who have absolutely no idea of what they're doing!!! In some cases, employing (or partnering with) family (including extended) who are an actual liability... unbelievable! (which, probably, encourages the whole 'I don't need to do anything to get somewhere' mentality)

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Btw, I haven't seen them either... I'm looking to buy a 3D projector (Benq W1070), then I'll d/l both movies and watch them Laughing out loud:D:D

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