On the streets of China, I often meet people who are dozing.
I often saw people sleeping acrobatically on a motorcycle on the shoulder of the road or sleeping directly on the street without pillows, not just in the storefronts, just wherever they were free. I sleep because I'm sleepy without worrying about people's eyes. Witnessing the simplicity and defenselessness of the local Chinese was one of the attractions of walking around the streets in China. Many people have unique fashion, and they don't seem to care about how they were seen. I sometimes encountered scenes that didn't fit Japanese common sense, but it was probably not only because of the cultural differences but also how Chinese people saw the world.
I think that the reason why Chinese people act not-worrying about how they are seen is that they are in the center of the world, and the rest of the things are considered nothing more than the surroundings. I've been thinking. There is a clear division of the world between self and others, and relatives and others. Chinese used to be said that they do not trust others. After many distracted histories in the past, non-trusting others has been the standard of Chinese society. Therefore, how to unite with people you can trust is the key to live better in China.
However, such a view seems to be no longer applicable to Generation Z, a young man who knows the outside world and lives in a new era that is completely different from the past China. The penetration of smartphone payments has created new standards for evaluating others. Payments made through smartphone registration have made it possible to identify individuals, and consumers are no longer allowed to act as arrogant. Not only the payment, but also the attitude and wording of the casher are evaluated and quantified. Now their roles are reversed, restaurants and stores evaluate their customers, and the value has come to rate individuals as creditworthiness.
It is becoming one of the criteria for evaluating others in the general society, not just consumer behavior. It is expected that the high evaluation will be equated with the high moral, and that the permeation of the system will boost the morality of the society.Being able to care for others, along with social status and annual income, is becoming a major criterion for evaluating individuals.
In the future, people who can take a nap in public will disappear from the street corners of China. Their chins no longer rise in the eye-catching "nap". It is not easy for us Japanese to take a nap by pushing our chins up in public. Jaw height during doze may have been a prehistoric measure of the size of caliber.Is the city of China where such "naps" disappeared still attractive to me? While we are napping, the scenery keeps changing as well.