The days society brought us up.


The days society brought us up.

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It was raining heavily. My paper umbrella was huge but tattered with holes. Seven-year-old me reached school, totally a wet rag doll! The teacher wiped me down. She took off her warm woolly sweater for me.

She was a warm motherly figure whom I remember to this day. If she is still alive, she would be about ninety-year-old.πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’

Going home, I reached a flooded bridge over a huge drain. The water current was seen rushing under the gaping wooden planks of the bridge. I stood and cried. A middle-aged ice-cream man put me on the back of his bicycle to cross that bridge. He put me on the ground and gave me an ice cream! I continued to walk home.

I was in Hong Kong several years ago. A tiny little girl with a seemingly huge backpack walked across the street.

β€œHow can her parents allow such a little one to be on her own? Is it safe?”

β€œMs, you will be surprised how many cameras on the street are watching over her! In Hong Kong here, it is very safe!” The taxi driver chuckled.

Does your society (schools, neighbors, relatives, government) watch over your kids?

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11 Comments

  1. I like the idea of human beings watching out and caring for each other.

    The idea of a surveillance state such as the one in China, and it’s social credit system, terrifies me.

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    1. Haha…I liked the safety surveillance on the streets in Hong Kong. I saw a camera installed facing a school entrance to keep an eye on the kids while waiting for their parents to come and pick them up. Don’t know much about the ones in China though.

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      1. You should read up on the use of artificial intelligence in China and its social credit system. Fascinating and terrifying at the same time.

        But agree with you that cameras are helpful in providing safety and security. But it needs to be balanced too and always have the human touch.

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  2. It takes a village to raise a child. I believe that my society consciously or unconsciously watch my child.Sometimes your neighbors can surprise .

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      1. Thank you very much. Mrs Hillary Clinton used that phrase so many years ago.So many did not understand her.I love the phrase a lot.

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