Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Oriental Complex

Parent-child relationship is tricky in the East, trickier than the individualistic Western counterpart. The love-hate emotion, while reserved, is much more complex here.

For kids raised in poorer families, the lucky ones heal their childhood with naive but profound optimism while the unlucky ones take a lifetime to get to that realization or worse yet are forever disturbed and bitter. There are of course the alpha-leader children from these poorer families who grow up to be successful in their own or even multiple competence-hierarchies, but these children remain exceptions rather than the norm despite––– or even more so––– owing to the propagation of the idea of common education from the West. 

For kids raised in somewhat privileged families, the phenomenon is simpler and more uniform across, succinctly summarised in a famous line from Fight Club: "The things you own, end up owning you."

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