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    Post by : expatree

Several weeks ago, 2 events drew amounts of public attention, Tu Youyou, an unknown Chinese medical scientist, received the 2015 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. She is the first Chinese Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine as well as in natural sciences. Another pair of public figures also drew attention, actor Huang xiaoming and actress Angelababy held their wedding in Shanghai, it was reported that their luxury wedding cost around 200 millions RMB.

Tu can only afford to buy a half of a living room in Beijing by using award amount and only a few media reported this great contribution and historic occasion. It's ironic that a celebrity’s luxury wedding attracted most of the Chinese media at that moment. This is alarming that the population prioritizes a celebrity wedding over a Nobel Prize winner from China.

“Compared to these actor and actress, Tu was being paid what we considered a derisory amount of money.”

We don't wholly agree with this opinion, everyone has a role to play in this world, issues such as how much they should deserve are not really our concern, however when people almost agreed to just measure a life success or a failure in terms of money, it becomes alarming how our values have diverged. 

In 2011, a famous blog turned a critical eye on the “Amusing Ourselves to Death” attitude of social values, and it is revealing that the media tried to control the public opinion. Luxury car, celebrity private life, being engaged to rich men such as these are some of the key words frequently exposed and leading to money orientated desires. 

I would rather cry in a BMW than laugh on a bicycle” even became a household phrase in 2013. Happiness, joy, being loved, perhaps a hug every once in a while. It sounds nice but naa i’ll have your credit card instead honey, than I can buy all of these things. 

The value system has slowly deteriorated over the generations. This can be observed in schools where children aspire to be celebrities over scientist or doctors for example. 

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
“I want to be a scientist”

10 years ago we will be recalling similar answers to this question asked by primary school teachers.


Next time, we hope all answers would not be:“I want to be a celebrity”. If this were to turn reality, we should be appalled at how low we have fallen in our values.

Date:2015-10-23 14:40:22
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