Spring Fes­ti­val not about sta­tus

China Daily (Canada) - - COMMENT -

Ac­cord­ing to a mi­cro blog, re­la­tion­ship ques­tions and loss of face at class­mate re­unions are among the big­gest wor­ries of the post-1980 gen­er­a­tion this Spring Fes­ti­val, but that is be­cause peo­ple for­get the true mean­ing of the hol­i­day, says an ar­ti­cle on gmw.cn. Ex­cerpts:

The pure, sim­ple and re­fined cus­toms of the past have been trans­formed by strong com­mer­cial in­ter­ests into vul­gar tra­di­tions and money wor­ship. But what is to blame is nei­ther the hol­i­days nor the gifts given to fam­ily mem­bers, but the van­ity buried in some peo­ple’s minds. For this group of peo­ple, they will lose face if they fail to demon­strate their fi­nan­cial strength and out­give oth­ers at fam­ily re­unions.

Many of the post-1980 gen­er­a­tion work­ing in cities may not have a salary that high. There­fore, they should con­sider their fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion when giv­ing gift money, and re­mem­ber what mat­ters in hu­man re­la­tions is not ma­te­rial things, but sin­cer­ity and hon­esty.

Also, when friends and rel­a­tives ask about re­la­tion­ships or in­come, most of them mean well and are sim­ply show­ing their con­cern and love. But it ap­pears that since we care about them and don’t want to dis­ap­point them, we do not have the con­fi­dence to an­swer such ques­tions hon­estly, and so fear them.

In fact, if ev­ery gen­er­a­tion could get rid of their van­ity, and turn such fear and pres­sure into mo­ti­va­tion, and con­front th­ese prob­lems with a ra­tional at­ti­tude, we could be men­tally well-pre­pared and give out­stand­ing per­for­mances in the com­ing year that will sat­isfy ev­ery­one.

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