不找零的公車 (No change will be given on this bus)


Below is a short story from Anzel’s blog.

 往北頭上山的公車上,最前面左邊坐著一位妙齡小姐,右邊坐了一個老太太,小姐的後方是一位父親,公車中間站著一位小學生,後座則有些零星的乘客,這班公車經過漫長的路程,後座的乘客大都睡著了,剩下前面的那幾位乘客看著窗外欣賞著窗外的風景。
  公車來到山腳下的國民小學旁,接下來就是要上山的山路了,那小學生拉了鈴準備下車,司機聽到鈴聲後將車子靠在國小旁的站牌邊打開了車門,經過一分鐘後,大家都紛紛抬起頭來,看看發生什麼事,只見那位小學生左翻翻右找找,掏出一個五十元銅板又放入口袋,翻了又翻他的書包,很明顯的是忘記準備十五元零錢,眼見他急的都快哭出來了卻沒有人發出一點聲音,有人甚至露出些不耐煩,覺得他耽擱了大家這麼久,司機則一點也沒有要幫他的意思,等著他把剛剛露出來的五十元銅板放入投幣箱。
  小學生拿起那五十元,放到投幣孔前猶豫了一下,大聲並且堅定的說出:「我順便幫他們兩個付!」手指著那位小姐與老太太。司機愣了一下…
  「好~」司機很不甘願的說出這個字。
  這下那兩位乘客倒是愣住了,老太太很快的把十五元塞到小學生的手上,而小姐還沒會意過來的時候小學生就已經下車了…

聲明:只有少數司機是不友善的,大部分司機都很樂於助人。

On the bus to the mountain in Beitou, a young lady sits at the left front seat and an old lady sits at the right front seat. There are few passengers in the back of the bus and an elementary school student stands in the middle. Due to the long term journey, most of the people in the back have fallen asleep. Only people in the front are watching the scenery outside the bus window.

Before going up the mountain, the bus arrives near the elementary school at the foot of the mountain. The student rings the bell in order to get off the bus. The driver pulls the bus over to the side of road. One minute passed, passengers curiously have a look what happen. The student is finding coins to pay the fifteen dollars bus fees but he has only a fifty-dollars coin on hand. In Taiwan, the bus driver will not give changes. Although people are watching, no one seems to help him. The bus driver looks at him with the greedy eyes and waits him put the coin into the coin box.

The student hesitates for a while before throw the coin into the box. He speaks out aloud and firmly, ‘I also pay for them two,’ with his finger pointed to the young lady and the old lady.

‘OK~’ the bus driver says that disappointedly.

At that moment, the two passengers are astonished. The old lady quickly passed her fifteen dollars to the student. The student has already leaved the bus before the young lady is awared.

Notice: Most of the bus drivers in Taiwan are very friendly and willing to help passengers. Only some of them have bad attitude.

If you like this story and reads Chinese, check out Anzel’s other short stories. 和生戰 is another one that i like.

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Response to “The Fundamental Gap between Conservatism and Liberalism”


In response to a friends post The Fundamental Gap between Conservatism and Liberalism

I get what you are trying to say. I agree that the establishment the outsider each have their own set of bias and interest. Where i disagree is your “Table 1: The hidden logic behind the conservatism and the liberalism”.
What mainly differnciate a Conservatives to that of a Liberal is not having different logic or different level of rick tolerance. what differentiate them is they belong to different interest group, and benefit/loss from each change differently.

Conservatives:
-Beneficiary of current social system (which is being challenged by changing demographic, new ideas or advancement in technology/science).
-They are fearful of any change from their “reference point” (by reference point I mean a position in a society -conservative believe that they deserves).
-Fearful of change by slippery slop (this is why they are more likely to be absolutist).
-where rational analysis supports change, conservatives uses emotions or vague moral value to depend their reference point.
-Conservatives are ok with change if it brings back closer to their reference point.
(eg. usually while older man, with asset or good income)

Liberal
-are non-establishment, they are poorer, less represented then the conservatives.
-They seem to uses rational analysis more, because changing demographic, new ideas, advancement in tech/science seem to support their view.
-where rational analysis does not supports change, liberals uses emotions or vague moral value to push for change.
-More of a relativist, question established norm, prefer relativism, fluid of value and morality.
-More comfortable with the risk of slippery slop
(eg. usually women, immigrant, minority)

This is probably a more cynical view of the liberal-conservative divide. I think they both use rational analysis and emotional/moral based plead interchangeably when it suited their argument. Conservatives cites individual freedom and responsibility as reason against taxing for government health care. Conversely Liberal cites humane dignity for government health care. Of course there are rare individuals that would appear to argue against the interest of their interest group. Those individuals are probably manipulated by persuade opinion leader or certain meme (eg. unemployed man voting Republican due to abortion, gun, security issue against their own economic interest). There is also possibility that the individual has found a way to benefit from speaking against what appears to be his or her interest group (eg. extremely rich supporter of the democratic party, because paying more taxes in exchange for moral high ground is worth it).

obviously there are people who does not exclusively belong to an archetype interest group. A rich black man will have a hard time relating to any of the major interest group, but will in the end vote for a politician that align with his view the closest.

What is the implication of this view is something I need to ponder on