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？”
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!
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
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!