Life ac­cord­ing to one’s own plan

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - TWOCENTS -

It is very com­mon to see the so-called “ex­pat bub­ble” in China and other coun­tries across the world ( Are you in or not? Septem­ber 15).

Back when I was work­ing in Brazil, I def­i­nitely pre­ferred stay­ing within the Chi­nese com­mu­nity a lot more, even though I speak Por­tuguese well.

I also shopped at Chi­nese su­per­mar­kets and dined at Chi­nese restau­rants. I had Brazil­ian friends, but I did not keep them as close as the Chi­nese ones.

I think it’s hu­man na­ture to bond with any­thing you are fa­mil­iar with be­cause uncer­tainty has al­ways been the big­gest en­emy in the evo­lu­tion process.

Hu­man be­ings are so­cial an­i­mals, yet they do not al­ways want to be too “so­cial” in a for­eign coun­try.

One can also blame cul­tural dif­fer­ences or even home­sick­ness when an in­di­vid­ual re­fuses to in­te­grate into a stranger’s com­mu­nity.

How­ever, in the end, speak­ing for my­self, I would say it is sim­ply that peo­ple would al­ways choose the sim­pler way when fac­ing prob­lems, be they big or small.

But maybe such a phe­nom­e­non is not to be judged be­cause it shows how var­ied and in­clu­sive our so­ci­ety can be.

It sug­gests that one can choose his own way of life and cir­cle of friends, and live a happy life ac­cord­ing to his own plan.

An­dre Wong, by e-mail

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