How far is China from Australia? It's not just 9000 kilometers (I recommend it)
"Chinatown"-Official media of Chinese Australians
Preface: Either I am emigrating, or on the road to emigration. The wave of domestic immigration has been hot for many years, and it is expected to continue. When analyzing why many people are keen to emigrate, many brick makers always label pollution, education, and food safety as reasons for the immigrant fever. Of course, this is definitely a very important reason. But a place that makes people warm and nostalgic, and willing to leave home for her, should definitely not be the only thing. Maybe, in addition to the blue sky and white clouds, there is more pursuit and yearning for civilization? So what is civilization? "It turns out that the so-called civilization, in addition to some universal values such as democracy, freedom, equality, and fairness, is the best manifestation of the courtesy, care, help, and tolerance of the powerful to the disadvantaged." We are always busy making money, busy buying houses, busy rushing, but we often forget to bring our conscience....
From the map, the straight-line distance from the South China Sea border of China to the nearest coastline of the Australian mainland is about 2400 kilometers; the flight route from Beijing to Canberra is about 9000 kilometers-but this is of course not the answer I want to get, I want to explore, In fact, it is the thinking after visiting Australia this time: in the process of human civilization in the same direction, how far is China from Australia?
Thinking XNUMX: Environment and population.
Australia's sky, forests, green areas, oceans and beaches are very clean. The road is clean, whether in the city or the country. Almost anywhere, you can sit on the floor, and you won’t worry about getting your newly bought pants dirty when you get up. Moreover, we rarely see cleaners.
The beach is clean. After thousands of kilometers of coastal roads, you can get off your car and take a walk on the beach at any time. Whether on a sparsely populated beach or a seaside bathing beach with many tourists, there is almost no human waste in the sea sand.
The river is clean. There are many beautiful rivers along the way, and motor boats are seen from time to time on the river. We stayed for two nights near the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road. There was a small river behind the camp. During the day there were children playing, swimming, and fishing. The water was crystal clear and you could drink it with your hands.
The lawn is clean. Artificial lawns and natural grasslands can be seen everywhere in Australia. Artificial lawns are generally trimmed and kept neatly, and the length of the grass will always remain the same. Public lawns allow visitors to trample and sit on the ground casually, and no warning signs prohibiting trampling on the lawn are visible in Australia. No litter or human discards can be seen on the green grass.
The public toilets are clean. I have entered various public toilets, almost all of them are spotless, there are no water stains (urine stains) on the ground and on the sink, no peculiar smell, and they are as clean as a five-star hotel. Moreover, almost every toilet provides free toilet paper, hand sanitizer, paper towel and hand dryer.
When you see here, you may say that the clean and beautiful environment is due to the population. Australia has only 2300 million people (similar to Shanghai). How can it be compared with China, which has 13 billion people?
It is true that Australia’s environmental problems are completely different from China’s environmental problems, and the methods to solve the environmental problems are certainly different. However, what I have seen and heard always makes me unable to help but compare Lenovo’s domestic culture and habits of caring for the environment. This may be something we can learn from, and we can do it little by little and change little by little. .
For example, the apartment hotel we are staying in, the manual says that this hotel implements self-service. Please clean the room when you leave, and take the garbage away. People also did it as required. And in our habitual thinking mode, if I pay for the hotel, you should clean up. And it is my right to soil the inside and outside of the room.
For example, we often see this reminder in the kitchen and laundry room of the campsite: For the next user, please clean up the facilities you have used. So the public facilities we use in Australia are indeed clean and can be used when opened. While using it, I feel moved, warm, happy, and grateful. In the eyes of the Chinese, it is a disadvantage to clean others. The actual situation is: most of the public facilities we use in the country are dirty, so we have to clean it ourselves. After using it, he left a mess and walked away, and I felt comfortable and righteous. Who cleans it! The result of this is that our environment is always dirty, and in the face of such rubbish everywhere, we all feel angry and complain: what quality is too disgusting!
For example, garbage sorting seems to be advocated in China. Trash bins in most parts of Beijing are divided into recyclable and non-recyclable, but the actual implementation is very limited. Most people don't know how to separate garbage. A friend asked me how to distinguish between general garbage and recyclable garbage? I said it's very simple. We often see the treasure that scavengers find in the garbage that can be used to sell it is recyclable garbage; the rest is non-recyclable garbage. The real problem is not whether it can be identified, but from the bottom of my heart that it is not necessary to do it. The difference between doing and not doing is that our garbage has caused a lot of waste and polluted the environment more seriously.
If the environmental problem is a population problem, then, is the population density in Japan considered high? Why are they recognized as the cleanest place in the world? In China, in many sparsely populated areas, we can still see human waste such as food packaging left by tourists after they leave. Is this a problem of population size or population quality?
I saw this sentence at the front desk of a hotel in Melbourne, and I can recommend it to everyone: Do the right thing, and the planet you live in will thank you.
Thinking XNUMX: Rule of Law and Self-discipline
There are almost no law enforcement officers in Australia, but most people are consciously abiding by the law and are very self-disciplined about their behavior in public places.
I used my driver's license three times on this self-driving trip, two times when I rented a car to pick up the car, and one time when the car door was not pulled by the wind and scratched the adjacent car. In addition, he has never used his driver's license, nor has he encountered any police interrogation, and even the shadow of the police is hard to see. When driving on the highway, I saw two police cars on duty parked on the side of the road. The only time I saw the policeman was when a policeman in Melbourne issued a ticket to a vehicle that was parked. Even so, Australia still gives me the feeling of order and self-discipline.
Australia produces red wine, and the wine is of high quality and cheap (I bought the lowest price of 5 Australian dollars a bottle, very good). I bought two bottles in a supermarket run by a Chinese. The proprietress was enthusiastic and she said in a Shanghai accent that she would take a plastic bag to wrap the wine for me. I said no out of politeness and economy. I was very close to the car and left it in the car immediately. It didn't matter. The boss said, you are okay, I am a big deal. You carried the wine bottle and swaggered through the market like that. Someone reported that my supermarket would be fined a hefty amount.
I was curious to ask local Australians for advice. They told me that in Australia, penalties for illegal and criminal acts are very heavy. At the same time, legal education and demonstration work for citizens followed closely. For a long time, citizens have also developed the habit of law-abiding and self-discipline in daily life.
Thinking Three: Modesty and Goodwill
After returning home, a friend asked me a question: Are Australians xenophobic? Do they discriminate against the Chinese? I was unprepared for this question. Before I went, I had never heard of Australian xenophobia and discrimination, nor did I take any psychological precautions. I didn't know how to answer it. Later, I thought about it, friends who asked this question, maybe they read the recent news reports that Hong Kong people discriminate against mainlanders, and there are also posts circulating on the Internet that people all over the world hate Chinese people, so they are interested in asking? But how can my personal feelings be accurately summed up with the simple answer "not exclusive and not hateful"?
Australians do not discriminate against Chinese people, or even anyone. On the contrary, along the way, what I experienced personally was almost all positive energy. The locals were polite, warm, friendly and kind.
Once we drove and got lost in a road with sparse traffic. The two RVs had to park on the side of the road, waiting for me, the "vanguard" to quickly search for new targets on the GPS. At this moment, a pickup truck drove past us, suddenly stopped a few hundred meters away, fell over and drove towards us directly. The car stopped in front of us and an old gentleman came down. The companion next to me was a little nervous and asked me to stop what I was doing and asked if we parked illegally and met the police? After the contact, I realized that the person here was not a policeman, but an enthusiastic person. He saw us parking, guessing that we must be in trouble, and came up to ask if we needed help. I quickly thanked them and said that we could solve it by ourselves. He warmly suggested that we camp ahead, saying that the scenery ahead is beautiful and there are also car camps. I had to apologize to tell him that we had booked the campsite and were setting up navigation. He happily wished us luck before leaving.
Thinking Four: Barbarism and Civilization
While traveling in Australia, I have a deep feeling that their society has a very good atmosphere and culture, that is, the strong show concern, care, care, tolerance, and support for the weak. We often see cars let bicycles, bicycles let pedestrians, cars let pedestrians; young adults let children and old people; men let women, rich people let the poor, masters let guests, and police let the people let. Every city has roads for the blind, access for the disabled, special parking spaces for the disabled, and special toilets; every road has a bicycle lane...
Looking at these, I suddenly realized a truth one day: It turned out that the so-called civilization, in addition to some universal values such as democracy, freedom, equality, and fairness, is the best manifestation of the comity of the powerful to the disadvantaged. Care, help and tolerance.
What made me think the most about this trip to Australia is what can I do?
The difference between humans and beasts is that humans are smarter than beasts. Only when they know the good of the group can they ultimately protect the good of the individual. This truth is the conclusion that all mankind has reached after thousands or even tens of thousands of years of evolution. This conclusion even entered our blood and genes, so we have some proverbs. For example: helping others for fun; for example: rats crossing the street and everyone shouting and beating.
Why do mice cross the street and everyone shouts and beats? Because everyone is not ashamed of rat stealing.
Why does a person who do a good deed will be praised by the majority of the society and even moved by him? Because happiness comes from the improvement of the public and humanistic environment.
Before going abroad, I think I pay more attention to civility and politeness. But in Australia, I foul everywhere. Australians educated me, so I decided to learn to be a civilized person from now on.
Where do you start? A friend of mine said four words: be kind!
Being in the world, with more kindness in my heart, many problems have been solved. Especially when facing a weaker group, can you be more tolerant, pay more attention to, help more, be modest and understand more.
Back to the question at the beginning of the article: How far is China from Australia? A friend of mine gave an answer in the time dimension: 100 years. I can't say that he was wrong, but I hope it's not that long. Can it be 80 years? 50 years? In my lifetime? The standard answer to this question is in the hands of every one of us in China.
The article is reproduced from "Immigration Home Network"
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