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Did my iPhone kill Mr Xu Lizhi?
« on: February 03, 2015, 01:01:24 pm »
By posting this poem, I aim to memorialize Xu, share some of his excellent literary work, and spread awareness that the harsh conditions, struggles and aspirations of Chinese migrant workers (including but not limited to Foxconn) have not diminished since the more widely-publicized spate of 18 attempted Foxconn suicides in 2010, resulting in 14 deaths. Insiders report that thereafter, although the frequency of suicides decreased (mainly due to Foxconn's installation of nets making it more difficult for workers to jump from their dormitories), such suicides have continued to the present. Including Xu Lizhi, at least 8 cases have been reported in the media since 2010, but insiders say that many other cases go unreported. I hope that in the future, workers in Foxconn and elsewhere manage to find ways around such companies' military-style discipline and surveillance, come together, and forge collective paths out of this capitalist world of death...We need a billion Mr Hs.


(Xu Lizhi (许立志), the Foxconn worker who committed suicide on 30 September 2014, at the age of 24, in Shenzhen, China at the Foxconn factory where iphone is manufactured)


“On My Deathbed”

我想再看一眼大海,目睹我半生的泪水有多汪洋
I want to take another look at the ocean, behold the vastness of tears from half a lifetime

我想再爬一爬高高的山头,试着把丢失的灵魂喊回来
I want to climb another mountain, try to call back the soul that I’ve lost

我还想摸一摸天空,碰一碰那抹轻轻的蓝
I want to touch the sky, feel that blueness so light

可是这些我都办不到了,我就要离开这个世界了
But I can’t do any of this, so I’m leaving this world

所有听说过我的人们啊
Everyone who’s heard of me

不必为我的离开感到惊讶
Shouldn’t be surprised at my leaving...



-- Xu Lizhi, 30 September 2014
La Tristesse Durera Toujours                                  (The Sadness Lasts Forever ...)
-van Gogh.

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Re: Did my iPhone kill Mr Xu Lizhi?
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2015, 11:01:12 am »
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I hope that in the future, workers in Foxconn and elsewhere manage to find ways around such companies' military-style discipline and surveillance, come together, and forge collective paths out of this capitalist world of death...

In the days of chattel slavery, some captives were able to hold their breath until they died.

Quite often, it is better to be free in the grave than abused as a slave.

Did your iPhone kill Mr Xu Lizhi?   Indeed.  At least you have to courage and dark sense of humor to even ask such a question. 
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Re: Did my iPhone kill Mr Xu Lizhi?
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2015, 08:00:07 am »
"What is going on,what am I,what am I doing here & how do I fit into this madness I see all around me?"

It appears that civilization is not civilized.

The great lie is that civilization is civilized or that civilization is good for us.

My entire adult life I have been haunted by a sense of complicity.

Is this why I don't participate?   I am one who does not own a car or an iPhone.

I have the computers, and I wonder if these were most likely manufactured by workers in a far away land in harsh military-style factories.  Science fiction, horror, or reality?

"What is going on?
What am I?
What am I doing here?
 & How do I fit into this madness I see all around me?"

poetry ...

 ... a vision of humanity enslaved in a nightmare world of technology ...
« Last Edit: October 26, 2015, 08:34:22 am by H »
Things They Will Never Tell YouArthur Schopenhauer has been the most radical and defiant of all troublemakers.

Gorticide @ Nothing that is so, is so DOT edu

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