I recently spoke with a student who was putting together her master’s thesis. As part of the exercise, she had me poll my team (who are almost all Chinese) on their fears.
Each staff member was sent a separate questionnaire, and they weren’t made aware of anyone else’s response.
I was shocked by how many of their answers were the same (and how much this varies from what I hear from friends and family back home in the States.)
My team is young (or young-ish by my 40+ year old standards anyway) and their answers were NOT AT ALL what I was expecting.
By and large, their common fear was around the loss of health, losing their vitality, and not having done everything on their “bucket list” before they die. They aren’t scared of dying per se, but rather, they have a fear of missing out.
They worry that their health may fail them and are willing to stay in, forgo crowds, and voluntarily eschew travel in an effort to mitigate this fear.
This is SO DIFFERENT from the feedback I hear from my friends and family back in the US who have bristled against lockdowns and fear losing their freedoms.
The difference between the two mentalities is HUGE (and incredibly fascinating…)
Am I missing something? Let me know if you think there’s more to it (or a different perspective) that I’m not seeing.