Saturday, 21 July 2018

Word of the Day: Buddhist Youth

Xin Shi Xiang is a WeChat account dedicated to Buddhist youth culture
There is a term for post-90s generation in China who are described as slackers -- they aren't driven, they don't have needs or expectations.

In a way it sounds Buddhist, as they try not to let things bother them, they avoid conflict and try not to take anyone or anything too seriously.

And so these young people are called Buddhist youth or 佛系青年 fúxì qīngnián.

If you can't decide what to eat, have the same as yesterday
Here are some examples of how they apply their philosophy to everyday life:

Catching a ride: You can just stay wherever you are. I will walk over.

In a relationship: You decide. I'm fine with anything.

Ordering food: I have no idea what to eat. Maybe just order the same food I had yesterday.

Child rearing: Not man children can be successful people when they grow up, so I want my kid just to have a happy childhood.

At work: I desire nothing more than to arrive at my office safely and to leave my office quietly.

While Buddhist youth sounds like demotivational culture, some argue this kind of attitude helps young people ease their anxiety and pressure.

In a relationship, one says: you decide. I'm fine with anything
However, the Chinese government doesn't sound too pleased the next generation doesn't seem to care about anything.

The People's Daily wrote two opinion pieces last December. The first one warned: "There's nothing wrong with young people having a breezy attitude toward everything. But we have to remember, there's always some issues that we need to put our hearts into."

The second article said: "Being demotivated is pessimistic enough, but what's even worse is stopping yourself from having any sort of feelings, even it is lack of motivation. Young people by nature should be energetic, positive, passionate about life, and curious about the world."

Does anyone you know fit the term Buddhist youth?

1 comment:

  1. Peppa the Pig is a Buddhist youth porker