不关乎。爱国

近期似乎有好多朋友决定往国外发展。无论是来自专业领域,如会计师、律师、医生、工程师,或创意领域,如文字工作者、音乐人、平面设计师等,大家都在这几年动起移民的念头,而且很快的就付诸行动。

我必须先声明,我不认为移民或往国外发展是不爱国、不懂感恩或一些莫名其妙的人会叫做“叛国”的行为。国籍本来就是一个无聊的制度。国界原来就是没必要的分野。更甭说种族与宗教的归类,我从来不觉得这样刻意将人类分为不同群体是健康的事情。人类在生理上的结构就已经有男女性别之分,在基因里就已经有肤色外形的差异,任何用文化、宗教、国籍等自我注解的分类都是没有意义的。

所以,我这一篇文章不是为了谈若是爱国就不应该移民这类论点。我觉得大家应该没有国界没有设限的在任何地方找到发挥的机会。只是,我忍不住还是觉得遗憾的,是这些往外跑的朋友,都是“有想法的人”。

“有想法的人”对我来说,就是能够看破现有格局、对事情的了解能够更深入、对自己的专业有要求、对别人的态度有影响的人。无论在任何一个领域,若然一个社会要取得进步,都必须有这些“有想法的人”的存在。无论他们是在引导,又或是默默耕耘,有想法的人总能够散发感染力,让环境与格局有改变,有进步。

在一个保守与古板的社会里,“有想法的人”往往所面对的困境会是无所发挥或极度孤独。大环境的格局所给以的限制可能大过于这些零散存在的人所能突破的。于是出走的念头会产生也的确是自然心态,不足为奇。

国家鼓励人才回流的政策对这些人来说,其实并不会奏效。他们希望得到的不只是金钱上的回报或工作上的保障,而是一种认同与肯定。“有想法的人”希望能够发挥影响力、试探并加以实践自己的理想,开创一个新格局。这些人,才是真正引领社会进步的要员。

他们都失望的要离开了。临走的时候,心理想的不是:“我要更好的未来”,而是沮丧的感慨:“这里呆不下去”。

我唯一希望的是这些收拾包袱出走的朋友,给自己多一个思考的角度:你呆下,可能成就不了你自己,但是你可以成就下一个有想法的人。只要现在有多一些像你一样的人坚持一下,咬紧牙根让这个社会看到改变的希望、接受格局的突破、尝试包容创意、也许它就会跨前一步。那么下一代就不必有你这样的感慨。然而,如果你们都走了,谁来为这个社会思考呢?

当然,我没有资格要你放弃为自己争取更好的未来,我只是希望我们为下一代,更努力一点点,再坚持一下下。

One thought on “不关乎。爱国

  1. Revolution that happened in the Middle East is not unpredictable so as economic crisis, there is a book about “the tipping point” by Malcolm Gladwell which describe the things that got human race this far.

    Our grandparents flee from China so that we can have a better chance here and everywhere in the world, what is wrong to follow their foot step? History of China is full of turmoil knowing corrupted power is not worth sacrifice for, we are migrant in this country even with citizenship due to racial policy, rent seeking attitude is deep rooted in the “mighty” race, at your age, you should have seen or heard enough.

    How many of those who can make a difference want to take a chance at boleh land than abroad that open for all possibilities? I am that person who don’t have the chance to go because I don’t have enough resource to make it elsewhere, so I wasted years of improvement on unappreciative employers and they are Chinese who only reap profit than care about local industry.

    You think youngsters nowadays wanted to learn? They are raised in a better environment and hoping for high pay job with less work load, skill oriented profession demand the best or they all will give up at some point, wasted thousands in Art schools. I have covered advertising, graphic lecturing, sculpture, 2D & 3D multimedia, video game to animation and seen enough to derived such a conclusion after 23 years.

    In the end I too gave up and work as marketing exe doing micro marketing from conceive develop to deploy, one leg kick job. I am still doing the same work I used to do but for different industry, only this time I am in charge and operate as SOHO. Let me tell you why I am frustrated, I don’t have a car because I spent the money on material, experiment, software and hardware to upgrades.

    The only regret I have is wasted some time and money on luxury items when I was a young professional, if you lost one year, you actually lost another year to recover and worst still if in debt. I am not surprised you enjoy being single because I wasted enough in a failed marriage too.

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