When I think about it critically, I thereby came up with the conclusion (my opinion) that most people care about their progress and keep pushing ourselves toward the peak of the corporate world because of the capitalist ideology that has been in our veins since the day we were born in the midst of a concrete jungle surrounded by carbon dioxide.As a middle class person from a Chinese family, I was raised and tamed by this kind of ideology too, to grow up with the eagerness to compete, and climb up the ladder of capitalist hierarchy.
However, when I grow up to the point that I can develop critical reasoning and experience many inequality and injustice happening in society , I find it more difficult to explain whether climbing this ladder is fair or not given that not all people are able to start off on the same track. For example, the only reason I can study at this LL.B program is because my parents can afford the tuition fee for the international program. However, there might be some kids who want this opportunity too, but their parents cannot afford it even though these kids are more hard working or clever than I am. So, this made me discover the terrible truth that what I accomplished in terms of academics or finances could not actually be claimed as my success, but could only be regarded as merely the reward for my determination since not all people have the chance to join the same race as I am. If I claim my accomplishment as my success, it would be the same as saying that using a car to win the horse racing is fair and should be proud of.
Nonetheless, even though I mentioned all this inequality stuff, deep down, I still want to live comfortably with a certain amount of wealth in my bank account since I have always lived this way since I was born. So, the main point I want to raise is not about inequality, but what I want to point out from what I learn throughout these few years is that apart from progress and ambition toward financial success , compassion toward others and the awareness toward our self-righteousness are important things that we should keep in mind as well. In a society that is ready to leave behind those who are defeated in unfair competition, what we can at least do is to help those who are truly in need of help to the extent we can and be compassionate to them. When taking compassion into consideration with my desire of wealth, I thereby came up with the life-long promise that once I am able to settle down and accomplish certain financial freedom, I will dedicate my life to help those who are left behind in the most efficient way to the extent I can.
What is written in this article may be a bit off topic, but I think the concept of new year symbolically refers to the new beginning, and usually a time for people to give some self-reflection. So, I think compassion and awareness toward self-righteousness mentioned above are two most important concepts that I learned last year, and probably two concepts that I will hold on to for the rest of my life. As a nearly-graduated student who has been in education for more than 20 years, this year is probably the first year that I can regard myself as an adult, and a first year that I have to be responsible for myself. I guess this will not be an easy year as I have to deal with getting the first job and stuff, but I will go through it with patience and resilience.