Comments about Some Undercurrents in This New World


When cleansing our company’s floor, I asked Katie, a female coworker in her twenty-something, about whether she would take university entrance exam again if possible. ‘No’ She answered, fretted.

We work in a second language teaching company where she worked as a sale consultant; I a lecture; both of us were insecurely hired because private company doesn’t guarantee stability.

‘No vacancy for job candidate over thirty’ the company’s hiring ad reads. There were so many demands for second language education that in this company and this sparsely populated city, three of us the lectures cannot satisfy the mounting demands so that hiring new teachers is urgently needed.

A interviewee returned from Bulgaria told me she graduated from university with a vocational degree in Business English and married an Italian husband. Slightly sunburnt, long-haired, whose husband silent siting beside her, she said the thing she considered most successful is that when in Bulgaria, foreign to almost everything surrounding her and lonely, she managed to learn Bulgarian as best as she could under Northern Europe’s chilling condition. With her husband, she also learned some Italian.

After saying goodbye to her, being asked about opinion on whether to hire her, I said her experiences were amazing and said it would be okay to hire her given her willingness to work long-termly.

‘She seemed too old to teach.’ The administrator, a man in his thirties, said to me. Suddenly, I was almost impressed by his remark but everyone sitting around me in the office said nothing. What if we are in thirties? Will there be an opportunity for us? After seeing the administrator leave, uttering those words, I found myself trembling and feeling sympathetic for the interviewee. ‘Private companies have zero interest in protecting workers’ interests; they are no charities.’ One coworker said.

No one had suggested that private companies to be charitable. Rather than turning a presumably suitable candidate away, it’s reasonable to give opportunities to applicants a bit fairly. But at that time, demanding for a fairer hiring seemed a way going too far for them, the administrators.

It may sound true that I had no sympathy for the administrator when he said to us in the office that ‘oh why is it so hard to hire a fit teacher.’ No one uttered a word to him because it was so obvious to know what the word ‘fit’ truly meant in his very mentality that no one bothered intervening. If an applicant is not slimy, wearing proper makeup, dressing sophisticatedly, he may well define such a person as unfit. Once more, one knows that a word is defined by the definers not the defined.

We compromise, bent our souls in order to live. But what we have got in return? Recognition, respect or fortune? Not a thing. One tried hard not to be treated harshly but ended up wounded everywhere inside.

I asked Katie why not go to university again to study a major in which she really interested. Apparently quivered, she said that those high school years were so painfully passed that she has no courage to go back to where she suffered again. ‘My mom was very critical toward me which caused me to have a really low self-esteem and eager for recognition, I do not think I can manage to go back to study again.’ She answered.

It’s true one being criticized often may have a really damaging self-image which can cause self-destructive behaviors. Her upbringing has apparently made her become what she is now but by searching for her salvation, she find consolation in dating.

She casually mentioned that she want to beautify herself to improve her confidence lest she be looked down on by others.

Coworker Roce, a female in her late twenties, was busy in matching ups. She often talk about how difficult to find a proper marriage ‘candidate’ who would be ready in everything including houses, cars, and all you can imagine later in life. She very often uses business words to talk about marriage, such as wealthy, job positions, social status, and money etc. She said a ‘candidate’ was poorer than her family so that she was deciding whether to resume matching-up with that one. ‘You surely are not doing matching up with money, are you?’ Another female coworker shouted out, obviously disgusted.

This office was like a cave’s cave. If human world was like a cave lightened by bonfires and everything happened within was like a shadow, maybe what happened in this office is a kindle of the bonfire flickering at this dark corner of the cave.

Being marginalized, poor or disadvantaged is a thing, losing one’s ability to see the world clearly is another.

In a world full of ill-willed forces, knowing where he or she is going about is a thing that is much mattered than ever.

Before Emerging Nations Getting More Democratic, A Democratically Shaped Strategy Is Needed.

The paradox of democracy about China is that because it is a pseudo-dictatorship or one-rule state, it deserves no good. Ironically speaking, the US has pledged to maintain a fairer and democratic world for a long time that people have all believed that a real thing without doubting. Then comes the reality. Currently this pledge may remain a powerful one but it has been showing to be weakened as recent policy like America First implemented for its own gain has started to crack its relations with some emerging nations.

The rough and arbitrary military actions, performed by this government, had hurt so many people, not only who live in the Vietnam and Afghanistan but also in Yemen, and caused a trail of catastrophic tragedies and war crimes. The killings of ordinary citizens, which had happened not only in Yemen during its civil war converted into a proxy war backed by Saudi but also in Iraq and other places with different forms, had left many broken hearts uncured, some of whom lost their beloved ones struggled to find ways to survive. There the power of interventional policies implemented to global community against countries that don’t act democratically has been abused.

Every country deserves to thrive though there is no guarantee of that. And every single person’s basic rights need to be respected. Additionally an equal treatment for all is needed, which means respecting the universal declaration of human rights. We know democracy is not a thing that could happen over night especially in emerging nations. Instead it demands generation over generation’s efforts to make it come into shape. Mostly, not only hard-working is needed but maybe bloodsheds, too. Folks under dictatorial reign are on the verge of a vulnerable situation. But the people who live in the “freed” countries are hurting them by stigmatising the characteristics of who live in unfree countries without basic knowledge and understanding on international political norms. It is another form of discrimination and an example of bigotry prejudice. In other words, criticizing the disadvantaged without proper contemplation or knowledge is an form of violence. Those insults serve as tools to make the weak become even weaker.

Countries are shaped by their cultures so they different. Nowadays the political climate in the world has gone low. The sanctions proposed by Washington on Chinese technology companies have started to take effect, which has fueled a complex feeling for Chinese people on whether to be patriotic or go supporting the reform of democracy. The dilemma between advancing its technological power and developing democracy is complicating. People of China can never reason those out easily. Before China becoming more democratic, strategies regarding its people’s rights and wellbeing are needed. if Washington cares about human rights it should go with governmental conversations instead of sanctioning the private companies in China. Neither an economic downturn or a neo-cold-war will benefit both sides of the people nor they will help the government in Washington win a trade war easily, in which it could leave so many people fallen into a state of being unemployed and being outdoored. It will only make the poor become even more poor or the US government had never cared. The leader of the US government now wants one thing for sure that’s to secure an America dominated world but we human beings deeply regret about it. It had worked fine in the past but now hurts. Maybe our world truely has no real democracy at all but only gambles on the money and power. Beside these, nothing has been cared properly. For instance, the great discrepancy between the rich and the poor is exaggerating. For this issue, there is no cure and sometimes a vote cannot help with low turnout rate of elections which was resulted by low confidence towards the effectiveness of voting. It is a heart-broking truth but the governments around the world have chose to ignore. Behind those issues, only one thing is clear that is our democracy has never come completely, even in the America. If the bully is really a thing that was included in our practice of democracy, I guess we the human beings have never done right.