This is a series of journals recording my days in the Yangtze River Headwaters volunteering project. I will try to update every day but there might be delays in the days I work in the wild without the internet. I’m also trying to write bilingual if time allows. Like it? Follow my Instagram (@anar.chica.yichenguo) for updates!
I’m on duty in the post office today. When I don’t have guests to receive I started thinking about life again. With more experience accumulated, my perspective towards environmental protection is deepened as well. I’ve always believed it to be one of the most meaningful activities in today’s world. But if you think deeper, the existence of environmental protection is based on the other human activities are not, or potentially not, environmental friendly. That is to say, if human activity itself is environmental friendly, then ‘environmental protection’ is meaningless, or it doesn’t even need to exist. For example, the drivers driving long distance on the Qinghai Tibet highway may pee in the plastic bottles and throw them away along the roadside. People who are involved in environmental protection may pick them up, pour out the pee, and then recycle. But if the drivers have sufficient environmental awareness, then those dirty works that waste people’s lives won’t even exist. This is a frustrating finding. The most meaningful activity in today’s world could be one least meaningful in a more civilized world.
Then if I live in that covilized world (here simplify as utopia. Not only natural environment, no aspect of the human world has caused meaningless activity), what would I do so that I won’t waste my time? I’ll be all the places I want to be, then choose one or two favorites to live in different seasons; I’ll see and read and experience all the books and cultures I’m interested in, and write down my learnings to construct my knowledge and thought pattern and to remember better. These alone would already take up all my time before I die on my road to a final adventure. When I think about all these, nothing seems related to self-actualization or self-transcendence. Is it possible that Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is actually introvert, ie. selfish? And there are connections with hedonism as well?
I’ll leave these questions to Bende Lake. I’ll be on my way tomorrow with <Walden>. Hope Thoreau could give me some inspirations.