- Registration time
- Last login
- Online time
- 1338 Hour
- Reading permission
Originally posted by tongluren at 2008-2-6 07:59
... Americas are trained to be violent and inconsiderate since birth. The Chinese are trained culturally to help each other in time of need. You jus ...
Trained? Hmm. Funny, I don't remember any training like that. In fact, I remember being taught by my grandmother (she's who raised me) and my teachers and other relatives to be very polite and kind and helpful. I remember being trained to not cut in line, and hold the door open for the person behind me no matter who it is, and to let old people go ahead first, and to share toys, and say please and thank you, and to not take too much of something when it's offered.... heck, If I'm on line at the supermarket with a bunch of stuff and the person behind me comes up with one thing, I tell them to go ahead of me.
(don't even tell me I'm a rarity, those behaviours are normal in the US)
Heck, I don't even like arguing on this forum when i see stupid s***.
Katrina was terrible, and so are all the other disasters that happen anywhere in the world when people are not prepared.
But there are hundreds of other stories where ordinary citizens risked their lives to help others. There are people with severe health problems right now that they will have for the rest of their lives and maybe even die unnaturally early because when the Twin Towers were falling, they chose to run toward them, to help, rather than away. And when some other disaster strikes, people are THERE.
When the little storm drains on my street would get clogged with leaves in the autumn thunderstorms, thereby flooding our street, what would happen? Would we call the city and get angry? Would we huddle at home thinking"oh well, it's flooded, we can't leave the house"? No, 3-4 men on our street would go out with rakes and shovels and wade through the knee-high water and go clear away the leaves from the drains. And they would stand out there in the brown water, chatting from across the street for a couple hours, continuously removing the leaves as they kept washing toward the drains.
Katrina was a terrible disaster and not handled well AT ALL, but it's hardly a fair cross section of how americans help each other.