今天听完了The World is Flat. 并不是传说中那么让人激动的一本书。特别是书中前半段铺天盖地的XXXing的排比式形容词的堆砌，让我想起了余秋雨。
以下摘自《The World is Flat》by Thomas L Friedman:
Your average kid in the U.S. is growing up in a wealthy country with many opportunities, and many are the kids of advantaged educated people and have a sense of entitlement. Well, the hard reality for that kid is that fifteen years from now Wu is going to be his boss and Zhou is going to be the doctor in town. The competition is coming, and many of the kids are going to move into their twenties clueless about these rising forces…
When I asked Bill Gates about the supposed American education advantage-an education that stresses creativity, not rote learning-he was utterly dismissive. In his view, those who think that the more rote learning systems of China and Japan can’t turn
out innovators who can compete with Americans are sadly mistaken. Said Gates, "I have never met the guy who doesn’t know how to multiply who created software . . . Who has the most creative video games in the world? Japan! I never met these ‘rote people’. . . Some of my best software developers are Japanese. You need to understand things in order to invent beyond them."
One cannot stress enough: Young Chinese, Indians, and Poles are not racing us to the bottom. They are racing us to the top. They do not want to work for us; they don’t even want to be us. They want to dominate us-in the sense that they want to be creating the companies of the future that people all over the world will admire and clamor to work for. They are in no way content with where they have come so far. I was talking to a Chinese-American who works for Microsoft and has accompanied Bill Gates on visits to China. He said Gates is recognized everywhere he goes in China. Young people there hang from the rafters and scalp tickets just to hear him speak. Same with Jerry Yang, the founder of Yahoo!
In China today, Bill Gates is Britney Spears. In America today, Britney Spears is Britney Spears-and that is our problem.
长长雨季中的灰色的记忆，may you be gone with the raining season. 曾经对太多的事故意视而不见，希望再回头时犹未晚。