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生吃宇宙的我们 2019-06-20 13:31:51


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让我们先来看看以下两个视频:(转载自YouTube)


中国人看“中国制造”


无孔不入的消费主义



Chinese vs. U.S. Products? Or, Minimalism vs. Hyper-Consumerism?


中国制造的VS美国制造的?或者,极简主义VS过度消费主义?


Why are we distracting ourselves with the petty issues of two hyper-consumerist countries squabbling over who is richer (in the first video) and ignoring the much deeper issues (in the the second video)?


我们为什要让两个富强国家因为决定谁更有钱而斗嘴这件琐事(第一部视频)转移了我们注意力,从而忽略掉更重要更深层次问题呢(第二部视频)?


Why aren't we asking ourselves questions like these instead:


我们为什么不问问自己这些问题:


How much life is wasted on caring for our products?


我们生命的百分之几被花在了照顾我们所拥有的物品上?


No matter if it's a Chinese-made product or an American-made product, the never-ending need to care for the things we own takes up so much of our time and energy. Maintaining property, fixing vehicles, replacing goods, or cleaning the house or things made of plastic, metal, or glass, filling our cars with gas, paying people to fix cars or electronics or broken phone screens, buying new technology, updating our wardrobes... the list is endless. Life should not be centered around caring for inanimate objects.


不管是中国制造还是美国制造的产品,都需要我们不断地投入时间和精力去管理那些我们所拥有的物品。物业维修,汽车维修,更换损耗品,打扫卫生和洗净塑料制品、金属制品和玻璃制品,给汽车加油,付钱让别人修我们的车、家里电器或者破碎的手机屏幕,购买推陈出新的高科技产品,更新换代自己的服饰…… 简直是举都举不尽的例子。生活不应该是以照顾无生命物体为中心。


Do you know why you buy things?


你知不知道你为什么买东西?


Our desires are fed to us- through advertisements, social media, glorified lifestyles of the "ideal citizens", standards of dress and living set by industries, and values promoted by big business and government. We set our standards based on the lifestyles we see around us. We are taught to need or want things we would have never thought of on our own. The recent popularity of the Chinese Internet quip, "Poverty has limited my imagination," proves the existence of this phenomenon.  It takes an intentional act of rejection to avoid the trend of constantly upgrading to match the societal ideal.


我们的消费者们被广告、社交媒体吹捧出来的理想生活方式、产业链制定的正确穿衣法、生活标准条件以及政府与企业弘扬的价值观所填满。我们按照身边人的生活方式而设定了自己的标准。我们慢慢学到怎么想要或需要自己从未曾想到过的东西。最近在网络上流行的一句话“贫穷限制了我的想象力” 就证明这种现象的存在。为了避免这种不断升级只为满足理想社会需求的行为趋势,就需要所有人的配合才能达到目的。



Is your lifestyle focused on yourself or others?


你的生活方式是聚焦在自己身上还是别人身上?



When we stop thinking about how we can spend our time and resources on ourselves and our families, we can start turning our focus outward and helping those around us with real, actual needs. We can teach our children to be less focused on the self. We will also be more content, because we will stop feeling the pressure to work harder to make more, and instead find satisfaction in seeing your hard-earned resources better someone's life.


我们跳出仅仅只考虑怎么在自己和家人身上花所有心思和资源的思维之后,才能开始把注意力转移到外面的世界,发现身边人的实际需要。这样我们也才能教孩子们如何不变成一个一心只关注自己的事的人。我们也会有更高的生活满意度,因为可以发现自己努力获得的东西不仅能够提升自己的生活,也能够提升别人的。

Do you really care about less environmental impact?


你到底有没有在在乎环保?



Everyone talks about saving the planet, but very, very few people actually do anything to make a change. Would you be willing to make the decision to never buy another new household item, article of clothing, item of kitchenware, or pair of shoes? Some may say this lifestyle is not realistic, but that are many options- other than buying new products- which make this choice feasible.


大家都在说环保这件事,但是实际上很少很少有人认真地采取行动去做出改变。你愿意做出以后完全不会再买新的家居用品、服装、厨房用具或者鞋子的决定?可能有人说这种决定是不现实的,可是的确是有很多除了购买全新物品之外可行的方法。

Why does new equal better?


为什么新的等于更好的?


A consumer society is based upon the concept that there's always something newer and better you should be buying. It's exhausting to keep up with trends. Devices like phones and computers are "outdated" before you even adapt to the new system. Fashion goes in and out with the change of the seasons. Consider this: the t-shirt I'm wearing right now was given to me for free for participating in a sports event when I was 8 years old. It still does everything a shirt is supposed to do.


消费主义社会以总有更新的更好的东西你应该拥有这种概念为基础。赶时髦是一件很费力的事情。手机和电脑这类的产品总是当你还没适应新的系统的时候它们就已经过期了。时尚随着季节变换而反复更迭。想象一下,我现在正好穿着的这一件衣服是我八岁时候在参加运动会得到的免费赠品,直到现在,它还是能满足我对衣服的全部要求呀?




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