Speaking of English, people in mainland often consider them as rigid or stereotyped and slow. However, such comments are too shallow. It is a commonplace in England that a woman resplendent with fake Van cleef jewelry should put out a book in crowded and fast -moving subways, reading with joy and ease, while a man in a nice blue suit should step forward quickly in escalator with others line orderly on the right.
From my perspective, English may be the most ambivalent nation. Haste and slowness both existing in their daily life becomes part of their national characteristics.
A typical case is that you have to make an appointment for almost everything that you want to do, including see a doctor. It is ridiculous because illness can not be predicated, while seeing a doctor does need to make an appointment no matter who you are or no matter how sever your case is. Besides, whatever you do, as long as there is more than one person, you have to queue in line. The staff will patiently answer your questions, taking no notice of how long the queue is . Sometimes such slowness might drive you crazy.
Nevertheless, as a matter of fact, haste and slowness are all real superficial phenomenon in England, while the truth and essence that lie behind them are the sense of orderliness, social morality and professional dedication in English. Although seeing doctors are slow and difficult, doctors are all responsible, qualified, kind and efficient. Corruptions, dereliction, mistreat and prescribe medicine randomly, such tough problems that haunt Chinese for ages seldom occur in England.
Civilization lies in details. Haste and slowness to some degree shows Englishmen’s conscientiousness and orderliness, which is also a significant part of so-called Gentlemen Civilization.
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