I see HOPE in the future of Taiwan people.
Compared to the mood 5 years ago when we last visited Taiwan, the locals, generally speaking, seem to have lost quite some shining glory.
Although the service staffs are still very polite and hospitable, it’s not hard to spot their furrowed brows and under-radiated smiles. It is as if the full force of current economic woes are being thrusted upon their shoulders.
With the pan-green government currently in power plus China’s muscles flexing strategic moves in the region, the looming threats against any call for independence cannot simply be brushed aside. How is one able to sleep well when you are made aware that someone has his finger firmly on the trigger of a gun pointedly aiming at your shiny head?
As it is, there are way less mainland tourists compared to the past. Yet, I see a positive trait in the Taiwanese – their conviction and persistence in paying more to support locally produced, toxic-free farm products, especially so in the rural towns, are very encouraging and inspiring.
These people’s deliberate decisions to shoulder social responsibility through their conscience-driven actions at the expense of self-profiteering are clear proof that Taiwanese are willing to sacrifice short term gains in exchange for a sustainable longer term future.
Such efforts will only lead to one outcome: Taiwan’s younger generations will have a bright future awaiting them. 前人种树，后人乘凉。
All it takes is a critical mass of good men and women to steadfastly guard this spirit of genuine sustainability.
Hence my personal take is this: if reunification does finally take place for China and Taiwan, as in genes mixing, I’m convinced that the better parts of these genes will overcome the less ideal parts. That’s a God-given fact of how society will make progress over time.
Thank you for reading.
P/S : Taipei 101 – The pride of Taiwan – reminds me of the mighty Goliath standing among mortal beings. Yet, God allowed a skinny David to take him down using just a sling and one solid rock. May all my Taiwanese friends continue to work in faith through trust and obedience to overcome the Goliath in their lives!