9 Important Things That Were Killed by China’s Economic Boom

China's economy has undergone tremendous changes, but some precious things have been lost with changing times. (Image: Ed-meister via Compfight cc)
China's economy has undergone tremendous changes, but some precious things have been lost with changing times. (Image: Ed-meister via Compfight cc)

After ten years since the Cultural Revolution, China’s economy has undergone tremendous changes, but some precious things that make us human, have also been lost with the changing times.

1.Thanksgiving

Ok, so the Chinese never had it, but they used to have something similar and it wasn’t just an annual event. The ancient Chinese believed:

“If receiving a drop of water, one would repay with a spring.”

Today, only money matters.

2. Faith

In the past Chinese officials would give up their lives in order to better their country. Citizens believed in heaven and hell, and feared retribution. Nowadays, people have no faith, no reverence, and don’t know what they live for.

3. Ethics

There’s a general lack integrity. Vegetables laced with excessive pesticide, toxic rice, and other products are widespread. Like a naughty, spoild kid, bad behavior hasn’t been punished.

4. Self-confidence

Even though China is now the second largest economy, its environmental pollution, food security, human rights, and political issues are untrusted globally, making citizens less confident.

5. Good health

60% of Chinese adults have hyperglycemia, 60% have hepatitis. 1500 people die of sudden death daily. Scary.

6. Good sleep

Sleep disorders among youths are growing. 56% of Chinese believe that pressure from work affects their sleep, and 55% need something to help them sleep.

7. Personal space

For Chinese, pressure from constant over work without healthy breaks is so great that if young white-collar workers does not die from exhaustion, they are grateful.

8. Love

Divorce rates have climbed seven years in a row. In the first quarter of 2013, China had 465,000 divorces (5,166 daily). 17.1% more than the year before.

9. Innocence

Li Zhi, a thinker from the Ming dynasty, once said:

“Innocence is what we are. If we lose our innocence, we lose our hearts; if we lose our hearts, we lose reality.”

Research by Felice.

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