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Q: In what ways does life here bring out the best in you, and in what ways does it bring out the worst?

I'll have to think about the first part of that question before I answer myself because right now I'm struggling to think of anything. As for the second part it's not so much a matter of where to start but how to finish.

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I know what you mean. I really had to think about the first part too.

 

This is what I decided. It has definitely made me a better person in that I've had to rise to a lot of challenges, and I've learnt a lot from that. I'm more resilient and capable than I was before.

 

The worst in me..   I'm a lot more cynical, a lot less trusting and more and more I find myself looking at a group of people with disgust and contempt. I don't want to, I know it's not necessarily fair and I should be more understanding but I can't help myself. I judge people by the way they conduct themselves and I judge them by my own standards, and a huge chunk of the population just doesn't impress me much.

 

Example: Today I was in an elevator and a group of guys crowded in with lit cigarettes and bad breath, smoked the whole way down despite the two no smoking signs, shrieked at each other and spat on the floor. I could have happily killed someone at the time.

 

It's time for me to leave.

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I know what you mean. I really had to think about the first part too.

 

This is what I decided. It has definitely made me a better person in that I've had to rise to a lot of challenges, and I've learnt a lot from that. I'm more resilient and capable than I was before.

 

The worst in me..   I'm a lot more cynical, a lot less trusting and more and more I find myself looking at a group of people with disgust and contempt. I don't want to, I know it's not necessarily fair and I should be more understanding but I can't help myself. I judge people by the way they conduct themselves and I judge them by my own standards, and a huge chunk of the population just doesn't impress me much.

 

Example: Today I was in an elevator and a group of guys crowded in with lit cigarettes and bad breath, smoked the whole way down despite the two no smoking signs, shrieked at each other and spat on the floor. I could have happily killed someone at the time.

 

It's time for me to leave.

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Living in China has brought me face to face with many people that have been repressed in one way or another. I have met country folk who bring up kids in squalid conditions, old folk sifting through garbage looking for plastic bottles, and ill people who cannot afford the proper medical treatment. I have also met a couple of really clever Chinese guys that were brutally punished because they dared to criticize the system here.

 

I met a little boy in Inner Mongolia whose father had died when a coal mine caved in. And how that little boy's mother was compensated with an amount that we would consider not worthy of a monthly salary payment.

 

Living in China has also taken me to neighbouring regions such as a recent business trip to Cambodia. There I met people that had lost family under the Khmer Rouge regime.

 

All of that has helped me to appreciate how good life is for us westerners. It brought me face to face with world realities that people back home scorn. Nothing will seem so bad to me again.

 

However, like Stiggs, I have definitely become a more cynical person. Constant cheating, dishonesty, inconsiderate behaviour and rudeness has made me this way. I now look for the ulterior motive in other people's actions, never taking things on face value or trust.

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