Now that the Occupy Central dust has settled in the landfills, it’s time to take a step back to try to understand the nature of the discontent.
To me, impeded social mobility and widening wealth disparity are two social ills that demand urgent attention.
These young people have been lovingly denied many things that had made life a worthwhile adventure for millennia: aspirations, struggles, responsibilities, hardships, risks, achievements, consequences, dreams. So they redirect their energy and ambition to video games. Some venture into the realm of illusive political idealism without bothering with the homework. They are uniquely restless and phlegmatic at the same time, blissfully unaware yet forcefully confident. Their brains are wash-friendly like the synthetic fabrics that they wear. They despise pragmatism (which has little connection with their real lives), and reflexively loathe communism without inquiry or contemplation. They guard their individuality with petulant fervour, yet cannot function without round-the-clock “likes” from peers. Live has never been more undemanding and unfulfilling for young Homo sapiens.
James Tam @ Guo Du
16. 02. 2015