My last weekend in Shenzhen


by Greg Jackson- HCE Explorer

I’m leaving Shenzhen on Wednesday at 11AM. Since I’ll be saying my goodbyes at the airport, I’ve spent my last few days here doing all the touristy stuff I haven’t done yet. More than that, though, I’ve been reflecting about my time here. I’ve had a great experience. It wasn’t just a vacation, as I’ve been hard at work teaching English to the kids day after day. But I’ve been able to explore a country on the other side of the world for six weeks, and I think that’s pretty cool.

What we want and don’t want might not be the same, but we all feel the need to do what we think is good and avoid what we think is bad. We can’t help it—we’re only human.

I’m preparing for the barrage of questions upon my return to the States, so I’ll take the liberty of answering the big one: what’s different about China? How does their culture contrast to ours? My answer might surprise you: when it comes down to it, the Chinese are far more similar to us than they are different.

In a book I just finished, a character says, “What drives us, what motivates us, is not what we want, but so much as what we don’t want.” As long as we’re human, I think we’ll all keep working to evade what we fear, and doing what we think is best for ourselves and loved ones. What we want and don’t want might not be the same, but we all feel the need to do what we think is good and avoid what we think is bad. We can’t help it—we’re only human.

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