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    Here is a story recorded in Wandering in Absolute Freedom written by Zhuangze. Speaking of the use of a huge gourd, Zhuangze and Huize, they discussed the issue and exchanged their views as we could see in the video. Huize found no use of a huge gourd and so broke it up, for Zhuangze, however, he believed that the five -bushed gourd could be made a float rather than considering it as worthless materials.

    When I watched the video several times, it reminded me a question why we human being had different ideas facing the same problems. As far as I’m concerned, the main reason is that different people have different perspectives while they have been tried to solve those problems. Out of distinct considerations and purposes, then the next step people decide is to take different actions.

    Let me give you two examples to prove my conclusion!

    First, as we all known, Edison is credited with the invention of the electric light. In order to find the material used as filament, he tried to use many things even including his friend’s beard. Edison failed 8,000 times before he succeeded, but learned from his failures and bounced back with greater determination to succeed. “If I find 10,000 ways something won't work, I haven't failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.” This is quoted from Edison. You see? When we think failures in a positive perspective, more courage will visit us and help us to be a success.

    Second, Nick Vujicic, an Australian orator, has touched the hearts and lives of many people around the world nowadays. You know why? Not only has his extraordinary speech been influenced a great many people, but his personal story gives us an opportunity to think deeply. He is a man without limbs but can do things like a normal man. You have no idea how hard it is when he strives to live in this world! But he makes it! There is no reason for him to give up himself, because he thinks life in a different way. He once said: “if the world thinks you are not good enough, it is a lie, you know. Get a second opinion. ”and “In life you have a choice: bitter or better? Choose better, forget bitter.” Those words show us the special perspectives give his self-confidence and hope. And then, the actions taken by him are delivering his speech over all the world to encourage people to escape from suffering. Rather, there are lots of news reported that disabled people are trying to kill themselves simply because of their negative thoughts——life is worthless and useless.

    Ladies and gentlemen, it is crucial for us to think positively especially when we meet troubles. Life is not just a bed of rose. It is true. But still we cannot lose faith when facing them. Taking a different attitude and perspective, we will be on to the new step of our lives.

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Reply Report voice_cd 2015-11-3 11:22
Thanks for sharing your story here. We have highlighted your blog.
Reply Report 茉莉儿 2015-11-3 16:26
voice_cd: Thanks for sharing your story here. We have highlighted your blog.
Thanks
Reply Report 茉莉儿 2015-11-3 16:28
voice_cd: Thanks for sharing your story here. We have highlighted your blog.
Thank you guys  so much!
Reply Report seanboyce88 2015-11-3 16:59
"First, as we all known, Edison is credited with the invention of the electric light"

He is credited with the MARKETING of the electric light, he never invented it.  

Joseph Swan actually created the first light bulb, a British physicist. Check wikipedia. Edison wasn't thinking outside the box, he was simply adding research to other peoples work.

The modern lightbulb also relies upon the A/C current system developed by Tesla, in direct opposition to Edison's D/C system. After offering Tesla $50,000 to develop it, Edison went back on his word and screwed him over. He instead offered a pay rise of $10

You can check out the oatmeal at theoatmeal dot com

There is a great cartoon showing what a liar Edison was and how he was more into buying patents and having people work for him than doing it himself. He was primarily a businessman.

I know lots of history books credit Edison with the invention, but recently there has been a backlash against this twisted version of history.
Reply Report seanboyce88 2015-11-3 16:59
Interesting article also  
Reply Report HailChina! 2015-11-3 17:42
I have worked as a childcare worker and one of the groups of preschoolers that I cared for had a child that had gotten meningococcal as a baby her upper arms and lower legs had to be amputated. She was a really cool and happy little girl and very she didnt like to be treated any differently to the other children. The cups that we used for children meal times had handles on them and the handle made it difficult for her to grasp them with her elbows. She was offered a cup with no handles but refused to use it and managed with the handled cups that all of the other children were using.

I remember one day her mother dropped her off and told us that she had left the girls legs in the back of the car on a hot day and they had melted together.

In my opinion it is the duty of society to ensure that the quality of life for disabled people is as good as it can be. I do not agree that private insurance paid for by the state is the way to go because this way the private insurance companies make profit from people like the little girl that I mentioned. I would prefer that this stuff is paid for through a health levy for cost not profit. But societies goal for amputees should be for all of them to have prosthetic replacements for whatever they are missing. In the future a person that loses a limb should be able to have it replaced as quickly and as easily as Luke Skywalker's hand is replaced at the end of The Empire Strikes Back - regardless of their income.
Reply Report HailChina! 2015-11-3 17:57
And yeah - cool article. Thanks. I agree that its best to stay positive.
Reply Report Dracarys 2015-11-3 19:27
perhaps the most interesting thing in the world is that people act or think differently when faced same question ...
Reply Report 茉莉儿 2015-11-3 23:27
seanboyce88: "First, as we all known, Edison is credited with the invention of the electric light"

He is credited with the MARKETING of the electric lig ...
My mistake! Thank you for sharing your knowledge about the invention of electric light!
Reply Report 茉莉儿 2015-11-3 23:42
Dracarys: perhaps the most interesting thing in the world is that people act or think differently when faced same question ...
You're right. We are people, and we have subjectivity which makes the world more colourful.
Reply Report 茉莉儿 2015-11-3 23:50
seanboyce88: Interesting article also   
Your comment is much appreciated.
Reply Report 茉莉儿 2015-11-4 00:34
HailChina!: I have worked as a childcare worker and one of the groups of preschoolers that I cared for had a child that had gotten meningococcal as a baby her upp ...
I think the little girl set a good example for us to be positive no matter how hard life treats us. Also our goverment is supposed to give the disabled more special treatments. At the same time,  when we get in touch with those people, respect, concern and love should be given.
Reply Report 茉莉儿 2015-11-4 00:35
HailChina!: And yeah - cool article. Thanks. I agree that its best to stay positive.
Your comment is much appreciated.
Reply Report seanboyce88 2015-11-4 10:02
茉莉儿: My mistake! Thank you for sharing your knowledge about the invention of electric light!
you don't have to apologise

so many people think it's edison as most history books say it is Edison. I learned about it through that website, the oatmeal. the website has lots of funny cartoons also, you should check it out.
Reply Report Dracarys 2015-11-4 12:27
茉莉儿: You're right. We are people, and we have subjectivity which makes the world more colourful.
think positive act positive ..
Reply Report 茉莉儿 2015-11-4 12:42
seanboyce88: you don't have to apologise

so many people think it's edison as most history books say it is Edison. I learned about it through that website,  ...
  
Reply Report 茉莉儿 2015-11-4 12:50
seanboyce88: you don't have to apologise

so many people think it's edison as most history books say it is Edison. I learned about it through that website,  ...
   Thanks for sharing the website, oatmeal.
Reply Report seneca 2015-11-4 20:23
How to reconcile a set expression such as "think outside the box" with the challenge of being a disabled person? Make the disabled person a model that thinks outside the box. No need to refer to gourds and light bulbs or modern inventors and marketing geniuses!

"To think outside the box" simply means to think about the same problem and to arrive at a new, possibly better way of handling challenges and problems. Here is an example from my life:

Many years ago I volunteered to work in a home for disabled persons. One of my charges was a young woman suffering from a progressive weakening of her muscles, called atrophy. At age 35, she had to spend most of her time sitting or lying. She had a svelte body and an easy laugh on her face but she was seriously handicapped and could do no real work. Can you imagine how her situation that worsened from year to year affected her psychologically? And yet, I never saw her depressed.

She turned her attention to the physical needs of handicapped people and wrote a book about it. In that book she described her wild orgiastic life living with her boyfriend of that time. The book received favourable reviews and her cause, the right of disabled people to sex, became a public topic for the first time.

Her book has by now changed the perceptions of the whole society towards the disabled and their rights and needs, including eroticism. I can only say it was a great honour for me to get to know that lady in my then capacity as a helper.
Reply Report 茉莉儿 2015-11-4 21:33
Dracarys: think positive act positive ..
It is easier said than done. Anyway, just try to be positive!
Reply Report 茉莉儿 2015-11-4 22:41
seneca: How to reconcile a set expression such as "think outside the box" with the challenge of being a disabled person? Make the disabled person a  ...
well, thanks for sharing this story. I come to realize that with hope towards life people can put up a fight for their future. Still it's difficult for me to imagine the disabled who are bearing burden and suffering from stress to think activitly and creatively. You're right. Making a model for them is a necessary step to evoke confidence towards life.
Yet this is not my point. My view is that everyone needs to think outside the box. Especially in China, we students are deeply influenced by authorities from teachers and knowledge, fear to be wrong because of "standard answers". Thus, I hope teachers can attach a great importance to minds of students rather than admission rates.
Anyway, your comment is much appreciated.

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