"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."
Dr. Martin Luther King Junior
Mandate of Heaven. If things need to change, then they will. I kept going and decided to go within the city.
As I walked around and looked at the crush of advertising and western images come in from all of the MNEs, telling them how badly they needed their products to have happy lives, I stared. Microsoft showing their images displaying two different realities, is just one example of how fear is a factor in product marketing. The false images that seems to just push forward a message that reads, "you are not good enough unless you have our products in your life." I remembered my messages to my students, reminding them that they are fine just the way they are. You don't need your teeth whitened, your skin doesn't need a pile of makeup, the clothes you make are your self expression, and your hair is beautiful as it is. There is a fine line between taking care of yourself and turning into a photo-shopped image that is just like everyone else along the way.
As we drove through and I saw vacant buildings matched the vacant faces I would see. The once grand New York City seemed to look like a has been, pretending to be something more real. People afraid of each other. What a contrast to where I had come from. In Nanjing, a city of 7 million people and it felt like I could go anywhere. In New York, I will have to see if people are ready to see more. Politicians only see the governments and interact on that level. No, this is a far different view, this is a view from the weeds of life at the street level, where it really matters.