Photographer's Note

The way to live.

The Zhuhai waterfront is crowded with people doing their duties in the local fishing industry/culture. This man seems skilled in collecting lost or broken styrofoam adrift in the waters beside him on his right. He does with what he finds adds value. I am not totally sure where he takes findings and how they may be recycled – if that is the intent. He has good balance on his shoulder and steadily makes his way. Hopefully there is a living to be made.

The tradition of Chinese ethical thought is centrally concerned with questions about how one ought to live: what goes into a worthwhile life. Thus a simple life powered by hard work and duty reflects quality of character. Thus virtue goes into the conception of an ideal of a kind of person that one aspires to be. The man may be content to be what he is because others respect him for being so. He is needed.

Westerners seem to value life by earning power. Not as useful a way to measure a worthwhile life.

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Hope you all have a good week ahead. Respectfully – drt100 David

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Additional Photos by David Reed Thomas (drt100) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 341 W: 74 N: 875] (4038)
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