#84 Can a video fix Chinese’s mental internal friction? 一个视频能治好中国人的精神内耗吗?

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你有没有过这样的时候?总觉得自己不够好,所以很焦虑?不知道未来会发生什么事情,经常很担忧?或者有时候经常失眠?如果你经常这样的话,我希望你能放松一点。因为这些精神内耗可能会让你的生活越来越累。精神内耗,意思是人们过度地担忧,焦虑,时常失眠,也让自己感觉越来越累。最近,在中国互联网上,有一个视频叫“回村三天,二舅治好了我的精神内耗”。这个视频是七月二十五号发布的,到八月中已经有四千多万的播放了。我们可以说,这个视频实实在在地火了。同时,这个视频也带来了很多争议。这到底是一个怎样的视频呢?为什么它会这么火呢?今天,我们一起来一探究竟。

首先,你知道二舅是哪一个家人吗?在英文里,我们可以说uncle,但是在中文里就很不一样了。“舅”,意思是你的妈妈的兄弟。那你可能会问,那爸爸的兄弟也叫“舅”吗?其实啊,爸爸的兄弟不一样,应该叫“叔”。那么,视频里的“二舅”应该是视频作者的妈妈的兄弟,而且是第二个兄弟,所以才叫“二舅”。如果是妈妈的第一个兄弟,那应该叫“大舅”。那么,这位二舅究竟有什么故事,让中国人们都在讨论他呢?

这个视频只有11分钟。视频里,二舅住在农村里,今年66岁了,但他的一生听起来很不幸。二舅小时候发烧,但是遇到了糟糕的医生,在他的屁股上一天打了四针,后来他的腿就不好了,二舅残疾了。虽然二舅小时候很聪明,在小学和中学的考试里,经常得到全校第一名,但他残疾以后就再也不想去学校了。他的老师们去看了他三次,每次都劝他,希望他继续上学。可是二舅只是躺在床上,一句话也不说。残疾后的第三年,有一天,二舅看到一个木工来他的家里干活。看了三天以后,他说他看会了,他知道怎么做木工了。后来,二舅开始给别人做木工,养活了自己。二舅做木工做得特别好,他的妹妹结婚时,他还给妹妹做了几乎所有的家具,包括桌子,椅子,床,等等。那时候是八十年代,中国还很穷。二舅能做这么多的家具,大家都觉得他很了不起。现在,二舅依然在免费帮村里的人做家具,还有修家具。视频的最后,作者是这样说的:

“所以你看,这个世界上第一快乐的人是不需要对别人负责的人,第二快乐的人就是从不回头看的人。
遗憾谁没有呢?人往往都是快死的时候才发现,人生最大的遗憾就是一直在遗憾过去的遗憾。遗憾在电影里是主角崛起的前戏,在生活里是让人沉沦的毒药。”

这个视频引起了很多人的共鸣。引起共鸣,意思是让不同的人对一件事情有同样的感受。很多网友说,这个视频确实治好了他们的精神内耗。尤其是一些年轻人,他们刚开始工作,压力特别大,但是这个视频让他们看到了克服压力的信心和希望。也有很多人质疑这个视频。质疑,意思是觉得一个事情不是真的,或者觉得一个事情没有那么好。质疑的人们说,这个视频让他们觉得很不舒服,因为社会不应该美化苦难。美化,意思是让一个事情看起来比实际上更好。他们觉得,二舅的苦难不应该被美化,因为他的苦难是社会的原因。国家和社会应该反思。反思,意思是去想自己哪里做得不好,还有怎么样做得更好。他们觉得国家和社会应该反思,怎么样才能让人们的生活更公平。如果只是美化苦难,这对国家是有害的。

你怎么看这个事情呢?欢迎在评论给我们留言哦!

Hello everyone. Welcome back to MaoMi Chinese!

Have you ever felt like this? You always feel that you are not good enough, so you are anxious? You don’t know what will happen in the future, so you are often worried. Or sometimes you have insomnia? If you often feel like this, I hope you can relax a bit. Because these mental internal frictions may make your life more and more tired. Mental internal friction, which means that people are excessively worried, anxious, and they often insomnia, which would make themselves feel more and more tired. Recently, on the Chinese Internet, there was a video called "Three days back to the village where my second uncle fix my mental internal frictions". This video was released on July 25th, and by mid-August, it had more than 40 million views. We can say that this video has gone viral. At the same time, this video has also caused a lot of controversies. What kind of video is this? Why does it go viral? Let’s find out today.

First of all, do you know which family member 二舅 is? In English, we can say uncle, but in Chinese, it is very different. "舅" means your mother's brother. Then you may ask, ‘is the father's brother also called uncle?‘ Actually, the father's brother is different and should be called "叔". Then, the "二舅" in the video should be the brother of the video author's mother, and he is her second brother, so he is called "二舅". If it is the mother's first brother, it should be called "大舅". So, what is the story of this second uncle like and why do so many people in China are talking about him?

This video is only 11 minutes long. In the video, the second uncle lives in the countryside and is 66 years old this year, but his life sounds unfortunate. The second uncle had a fever when he was a child, but he met a bad doctor who gave him four injections a day on his butt. Later, his legs were not good, and then he became disabled. Although the second uncle was very smart when he was a child and often won first place in the school in primary and middle school examinations, he never wanted to go to school after he became disabled. His teachers visited him three times, each time persuading him to keep going to school. But the second uncle just lay on the bed and didn't say a word. In the third year after being disabled, one day, he saw a carpenter coming to work at his house. After watching him work for three days, he said that he learned from it, and he knew how to do carpentry. Later, the second uncle started carpentry for others and earned his living. The second uncle is very good at carpentry. When his sister got married, he also made almost all the furniture for her, including tables, chairs, beds, and so on. It was the 1980s and China was still very poor. The second uncle can make so much furniture, and everyone thinks he is amazing. Now, the second uncle is still helping the villagers to make and repair furniture for free. At the end of the video, the author says:

"So you see, the happiest person in the world is the one who doesn't need to take responsibility for others, and the second happiest person is the one who never looks back. Who didn't regret it? People often find out when they are about to die that the biggest regret in life is regretting their regrets in the past all the time. Regret is the foreplay of the protagonist's rise in the movie, and the poison that sinks people in life. "

This video resonated with many people. To resonate means to make different people feel the same way about a thing. Many netizens said that this video really cured their mental internal friction. Especially some young people who have just started work and are under a lot of pressure, but this video shows them the confidence and hopes to overcome the pressure. There are also many people who question this video. To question means to feel that a thing is not true, or that a thing is not as good as it looks. Those people who questioned said the video made them feel uncomfortable because society should not glorify suffering. To glorify, to make a thing look/sound better than it actually is. They felt that the second uncle's suffering should not be glorified, because his suffering was a social cause. The country and society should reflect. Reflecting means thinking about where you are not doing well and how you can do better. They feel that the country and society should reflect on how to make people's lives fairer. If they just glorify misery, it's bad for the country.

What do you think about this? Please do leave us your comments!

4 thoughts on “#84 Can a video fix Chinese’s mental internal friction? 一个视频能治好中国人的精神内耗吗?”

  1. I think that the fact that this video has already encouraged so many people makes whether or not it is genuine maybe less important. After all, the emotions we feel when we watch or read even fictional movies or novels are in some ways real, if transient.

    It would be preferable to relieve rather than to romanticize suffering, but that is not always possible so sometimes we just make the best we can out of a bad situation.

    我不知道用中文说我刚才说的事情. 我写的还不好. 但是, 我想给莫莫老师送这个信息: 我四月刚刚开始学习中文, 但我已经看得懂和听得懂了简单的中文. 谢谢创建MaoMi Chinese. 这个网站太棒了! Very interesting, as always. I look forward to the next episode!

  2. Hello

    我经常在 Hello Talk app 跟中国人聊天。他们都看过这个视频也有不同的看法。有的人觉得这个视频让他们更新心。但其他的人觉得是不好。

    请问,“因为他的苦难是社会的原因” 意思是 because his suffering was caused by society? society is the reason for his suffering? Is this correct? 社会的原因 sounds like ‘the reason for society / the reason we have society’?

    This was a great podcast

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      你好呀Chris!

      社会的原因应该是 “his suffering is caused by the society, for example, welfare system, medical system, etc.” Hope this can clearify a bit!

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