Leapdragon 2016 - Aron Hsiao Was Here

There is relatively little room…  §

There is relatively little room for idealism in this world of ours. The more wealthy your society, the more happy they will be to watch you starve to death if and when you won’t cooperate. Naturally, at some point you put pragmatism ahead of belief and begin to play in the interest of survival, anticipating that at some point in the far future, you will be able to act purely upon belief, purely from noble desires…

But by the time you have fed yourself, you cannot help but realize that you have bought a seat in the program and are strapped soundly to it. Welcome to your life.

Only rarely do I realize just how unbalanced western society likely believes me to be. At such moments, I am filled with both joy and kind of creeping terror…