A competitive and at the same time precarious labor market, an ever-increasing cost of living, an insignificant political weight: in China, young people have created a philosophy of life to say enough to all this social pressure. It’s called “Tang ping”, which literally means “lying on the ground”: Magnet writes: a silent rebellion against the endless hours in the office and the demands of a materialistic world. If the company asks to be more productive to measure personal and social success, the answer does nothing. Lie down on the ground.
The trend, as often happens with fashions born in the last period, has spread thanks to social networks. On Tieba, one of the most popular platforms in China, this message appeared a few weeks ago: “Since there has never been an ideological trend that enhances human subjectivity in our country, I will create one myself: Tang ping is the my rational movement “.
The message spread over the next few days, gaining more and more popularity. From Tieba the discussion moved to the social Weibo to finally land on Douban, where over 6 thousand people created a group that celebrated the “tang ping” movement. Here philosophy began to structure itself, with guidelines and mantra: denying money as a measure of happiness. They liked the concept, its rise was very rapid.
Those who support Tang ping refuse to work overtime and don’t care about promotions at work. Apathy and passivity have become the means to send back to the sender the excessive demands that society makes to young people. In the Chinese media, referring to the phenomenon, these days there is talk of “involution”: what was once perceived as past is recognized as a trap by the new generations.