Trusting was supposed to be easy. You believe what another person says by believing that the others mean no harm to you and just speak their minds honestly.
I'm not sure since when, I don't trust people so easily. Maybe as we grow up, we see too many things that are unjudged, unfair...we hear too many lies and promises that are broken...we let too many people disappoint us...
Today, watching the everyday news in Hong Kong, and reading all the information about occupying central flooding around the internet, I can't identify what information is true any more. Are those facts or stories made up by people? Things shown in the media can be edited in every way to please a group of people. Things the government or people tell you can just be lies. Political parties or other countries' government show that they care about your democracy movement can be just political shows.
You just won't know the entire truth by staying at home staying tuned with the news and information.
One morning, when I got on the bus to work, I realized that my octopus card got out of money and I only had a paper money of $500 in my wallet. I didn't know what to do and was trying to look for someone on the bus for help. At that moment, the driver said to me "It's okay, pay me back tomorrow." I was like, really? Then I thanked him. The following few days, I'd been waking up late and missed that bus. Finally, after almost a week, I could catch that bus. The driver recognized me too and I paid for the two trips.
The driver didn't know me, and I actually don't take that same bus every day, but he chose to trust me that I would pay him back another time.
I always thought that trust had to be earned and accumulated throughout some time. It's not easy for people to trust each other these days. Greed, selfishness, lies are all around us. A driver who doesn't really earn that much can trust a customer whom he doesn't know, the faith he has in life and in people suddenly became something that I thought I had to learn.
It is because I love Hong Kong so much, I feel that trust should be something that needs to be kept in this city. The trust between people and the government; the trust between people with different political stance; and people's trust for the media etc.
I'm not a warrior, neither am I any kind of political or democracy movements' leader; yet I have conscience and a voice to speak up. I can stand by this Umbrella Revolution and fight for a trustworthy government and a media that will not be censored. I can write about what I see and what I feel and try what I can do to keep the "trust" in this city.
This is what I saw in Hong Kong's "Umbrella Revolution" - peaceful and rational people showing their concern and demand for democracy in the streets. Some of these people are just students, and some are elderly. They put their tents in the streets and stay there silently to show the government their persistence in carrying on this Revolution. Their lives and their stuff are just there, relying on each other to protect their safety. Can you imagine all these strangers trusting each other so much that they share all the foods and resources together in this area (Admiralty)? Though they didn't know each other, they came together and stayed in this place. Everyone has the same goal - true democracy, universal suffrage, and a government that serves the people with honesty.
Hong Kong people are fighting for more than just democracy. Everyone is fighting for justice and a trustworthy government. Some people don't buy the "Umbrella Revolution", thinking it's a waste of time to try to change something decided by the Chinese Government. But I'm telling you no, this movement is worthwhile. The Revolution has increased the people's awareness on the progress of liberty and freedom, not only people in Hong Kong but also people around the world.
Trust will still exist in this place, but only if we have faith in it and take action for it.
Another ordinary day taking bus to work, I looked out the window of the bus and saw the same view of the Victoria Harbor. Same buildings, same harbor, same ships stopping by the pier, nothing seemed to be catching my eyes. Was it because I got used to the routine way to work? Or was it because I’ve got too used to the city I live in?
As I recalled, when I was in Paris a few years ago with some friends, I was so impressed by the Eiffel Tower. It was like the prettiest thing I’d ever seen. From day time to night time, it was still the same Tower, yet I felt so differently looking at this metal infrastructure. In day time under the blue sky, the sunlight goes through the Tower and the Tower nicely matches with the white soft clouds; at night, the dark sky acts as an amazing natural background which gives prominence to the shiny Tower.
Visiting the Eiffel Tower is definitely one of the must-dos for tourists in Paris, so as a tourist, I did so too. It doesn't cost you a lot to take the lift and go up to the top of the Eiffel Tower to see the beautiful view of Paris. At night, you can even see the Tower blinking with its sparkling lights in front of you, making you feel like being part of the stars in the sky. But a friend from Paris said to me, “I’ve never even gone up to the top of the Tower. Yes we Parisians know that it’s there, and that’s it. We pass by it and see it every single day and don’t really see the specialty you see.” That was kind of sad actually, don’t you think so? The beauty of the city is only seen by outsiders, and people within the city don’t even recognize that.
Back to Hong Kong, I always heard how tourists praised about this place’s night view and said it’s the Pearl of the Orient, thousands of tourists come to Hong Kong just to take a look at the. I wonder, is there something special about this Harbor which I’ve never found even though I pass by it all the time? I wish I could be like a tourist and take an angle which I’ve never tried before to look at this city. I wish to see what outsiders see in this city and learn to appreciate it more.
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