The Darker Side Of Life In China

With today's events I think I might've seen it all, though I truly am not sure.

Almost a year into my China adventure, China still manages to shock me and rattle me right down to my very core.

Today was a rather bland day, I felt somewhat off in the morning and opted the one medicine that will never fail me: calling my dad.

After an almost one-hour long chat I had to get ready for work and left the house as usual. I had prepared some lunch and two apples to take to work and was listening to music.

Five minutes into my walk to work I spotted a large crowd of people ahead and initially I didn't think anything about it. A new fruit supermarket opened a few days ago just where the crowds had gathered so I assumed it was just another promotion......until I took a closet look and spotted fire brigade and police cars ahead.

Something felt very off and I wondered whether a fire had broken out in one of the apartment buildings above the countless of shops lining the street. I found myself looking up, my eyes following the long resuce ladder the fire brigade had put up and I found myself looking at a men perched on the small metal letter leading up the electricity pole. Two men inside the basket at the top of the resuce ladder seemed to try and talk to him and it didn't take rocket science for me to guess that the man hadn't climbed up that pole to enjoy the scenery. He was trying to jump but didn't appear to have the "guts" required to go through with it.

On the opposite side of the street onlookers were taking pictures and videos and simply lingering around, watching the scene unfold. My heart dropped, disgusted by the sight, and I walked faster, just wanting to get away and not join the crowds.

I arrived at work feeling all worked up and vexed. I'd never thought I'd never see someone wanting to end their own life but now I have and it's upsetting to say the least.

I do not know the outcome of the story but I hope the police and the fire brigade talked some sense into the man and got him to agree to come down and not be so foolish as to leave his family grieving for him after such a public, self-inflicted early departure from life.

I hope to track down some news to get closure.

I reckon I'm on my way to "having seen it all" but today's sight was not one I expected to see nor one I was yearning to see. Call this a therapeutic post for writing is after all balm for the soul and that's what I need right now.

In the meantime I'll quietly say a little prayer.