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China Eathquake Is No Whining Zone August 16, 2008

Posted by tkcollier in Geopolitics, In The News.
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Op-Ed Columnist – Where’s the Trauma and the Grief? – Op-Ed – NYTimes.com
Click on the NY Times link for interviews with Chinese survivor’s stories. No Kartina whiners here.

These were weird, unnerving interviews, and I don’t pretend to understand what’s going on in the minds of people who have suffered such blows and remained so optimistic. All I can imagine is that the history of this province has given these people a stripped-down, pragmatic mentality: Move on or go crazy. Don’t dwell. Look to the positive. Fix what needs fixing. Work together.

I don’t know if it’s emotionally sustainable or even healthy, but it raises at least one interesting question. When you compare these people to the emotional Sturm und Drang over lesser things on reality TV, you do wonder if we Americans are a nation of whiners.

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