Comment: Freedom is in your heart

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Freedom is in your heart

1 year ago I was horrified that I was living in the US Evil Empire. I had thought about seeing other places, and like most people, wanted to check out the world. But I always thought of myself as being a tourist.

Then I read Jeff Berwick's (from The Dollar Vigilante) article, "Let Go, Live Free!"

Within a few months I had saved enough money, found a decent paying job, and landed in China.

China sucks. But I would recommend coming here to see for yourself. I have made wonderful friends (Americans, Anglosphereians, Europeans, Russians, and Chinese). There are a lot of miserable things about China. The irrationality and disdain of reason/logic is #1. The work environment is a pain in the ass. Always and everywhere. The pollution is worse than you've heard. Many people are exceedingly difficult to get along with in anything but the most superficial manner. The culture is backwards, peasant, and infantile. The system of "relations" makes it so you will NEVER, EVER, EVER be "one of them." You will always be "waiguoren," 'foreigner.' (Yes, the most common name I am addressed by is 'waiguoren.') They have a sickening culture of death (I'm thinking of writing a book on the topic, because the West needs to know about this).

I've been here for a year. I'm ready to leave (looking at Central Asia at the moment). My soon-to-be fiancee is Russian, so we're looking to move to one of the ex-Soviet countries. They're way freer than the US these days.

Should you move? If you want to try somethign different. There are lots of English teaching jobs here. But get ready to fight battles and to fuck or get fucked. {Speaking of which, do NOT date Chinese girls. You're better off jamming an icepick in your skull.} Even good jobs are subject to getting fucked. I knew a guy who was a civil engineer. They stopped paying him for three months. He kept working because he believed them when they said, "oh, there is a problem with the bank." Blah blah blah bullshit excuses. Finally he yelled and said, "That's it, I'm leaving!" And they were like, "oh, okay." They didn't give a fuck. They got three free months of his labor. They had planned it all along. This is one tiny example of how naive we are about this culture.

Don't come with false expectations. Now is a great time to come over though. The school semester ends in January, and starts in late Feb, since they take a lot of time off for the Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year/Spring Festival. Start looking now and plan for arrival in mid Feb.

I'd recommend it, but use your time here to come up with other things to do next. Be ready to leave (Thailand looks good, from what I've heard). And do NOT put up with their bull shit. Not even one little ounce of it.

I agree with you about economic security. My plan is to stay mobile, get as many skills as you can, and make a big network. I now know people in about 10 different countries because of my time here. That means if they have a good business going somewhere, I can join them in the future. That number will only grow with time, too.

Anyway. Let me know if you have questions. I'd be happy to help you! I'd offer to let you stay with me, but since I think I'm going to be moving soon, I don't think that would be helpful.

Good luck. Freedom is in your heart. And you only get one life.