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Old 04 May 2010, 08:21 PM
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Comment: "Half Man - Half Price Store" - The Story of Peng Shuilin

In life we keep complaining about what is or why we don't have.

Half the time we seem dissatisfied, though full-bodied and free to choose.
Fat people say,"I want to be slim." Skinny people say,"I want to be fatter."

Poor people want to be rich and rich are never satisfied with what they have.



PENG Shuilin is 78cms high. He was born in Hunan Province, China.

In 1995, in Shenzhen, a freight truck sliced his body in half. His lower
body and legs were beyond repair.



Surgeons sewed up his torso.

Peng Shuilin, 37, spent nearly two years in hospital in Shenzhen,
southern China, undergoing a series of operations to re-route nearly
every major organ or system inside his body.

Peng kept exercising his arms, building up strength, washing his face and
brushing his teeth.

He survived against all odds.

Now Peng Shulin has astounded doctors by learning to walk again after a
decade.



Considering Peng's plight, doctors at the China Rehabilitation Research
Centre in Beijing devised an ingenious way to allow him to walk on his
own, creating a sophisticated egg cup-like casing to hold his body, with
two bionic legs attached.



It took careful consideration, skilled measurement and technical expertise.

Peng has been walking the corridors of Beijing Rehabilitation Centre
with the aid of his specially adapted legs and a re-sized walking frame.



RGO is a recipicating gait orthosis, attached to a prosthetic socket bucket.

There is a cable attached to both legs so when one goes forward, the
other goes backwards.

Rock to the side, add a bit of a twist and the leg without the weight on it
advances while the other one stays still, giving a highly inefficient way of
ambulation.

Oh so satisfying to 'walk' again after ten years with half a body!



Hospital vice-president Lin Liu said: "We've just given him a checkup; he
is fitter than most men his age."

Peng Shuilin has opened his own bargain supermarket, called the Half
Man Half Price Store. The inspirational 37-year-old has become a
businessman and is used as a role model for other amputees.

At just 2ft 7ins tall, he moves around in a wheelchair giving lectures on
recovery from disability. His attitude is amazing, he doesn't complain. He
had good care, but his secret is cheerfulness. Nothing ever gets him down.

You have a whole body. You have feet.

Now you have met a man who has neither. His life is a feat of endurance,
a triumph of the human spirit in overcoming extreme adversity.

So the next time you want to complain about something trivial - don't.

Remember Peng Shulin instead.
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I hate that kind of argument. Don't complain about being a slave, about living in a concentration camp; about bigotry and racism and poverty; at least you're not a half man!
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Old 04 May 2010, 09:09 PM
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Don't complain about being a slave, about living in a concentration camp; about bigotry and racism and poverty; at least you're not a half man!
Did I miss that part? Where did they mention anything like that? Or do you consider those things to be "trivial" (which is the only type of complaint the OP mentions)?
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I hate that kind of argument. Don't complain about being a slave, about living in a concentration camp; about bigotry and racism and poverty; at least you're not a half man!
The comment didn't really go that far though. It said "trivial". I'm pretty sure being a slave is not a trivial matter.
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Old 04 May 2010, 09:18 PM
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I specifically said "that kind of argument" rather than that argument. But it's only a matter of degree, after all. Where do we draw the line in the "Be grateful; some people have it worse" continuum?

"We used to dream of living in a shoebox"?
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Old 04 May 2010, 09:22 PM
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I specifically said "that kind of argument" rather than that argument. But it's only a matter of degree, after all. Where do we draw the line in the "Be grateful; some people have it worse" continuum?

"We used to dream of living in a shoebox"?
"And if you try to tell your kids that nowdays they won't believe you."
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Old 04 May 2010, 09:32 PM
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Where do we draw the line in the "Be grateful; some people have it worse" continuum?
Does there have to be a bright dividing line? Sometimes people need a dose of perspective to realize that their trivial complaints are, well, trivial.
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Old 04 May 2010, 09:57 PM
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Does there have to be a bright dividing line? Sometimes people need a dose of perspective to realize that their trivial complaints are, well, trivial.
Maybe I am just cynical. The idea of starving children in Africa never got me to eat my vegetables; I really don't think people who are inclined to whine will get anything out of this story that will stop them.
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Old 04 May 2010, 10:38 PM
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Maybe I am just cynical. The idea of starving children in Africa never got me to eat my vegetables; I really don't think people who are inclined to whine will get anything out of this story that will stop them.
It works for some people. My grandparents experienced hunger, living in the Soviet Union during World War II, and when they told me never to waste food, it stuck, although I have never gone hungry. I can't even tolerate it when other people I am around waste their own food. Heck, I even annoy my grandparents by eating food they think has gone bad.
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"We used to dream of living in a shoebox"?
Shoebox? Luxury!
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Old 06 May 2010, 04:21 PM
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Sometimes people need a dose of perspective to realize that their trivial complaints are, well, trivial.
So what if they are? My problems might be trivial on a global scale, but that doesn't make them any less legitimate concerns in my daily life.

A great number of people carry a lot more debt than I do, but that doesn't mean my financial situation is a trivial matter and that I shouldn't worry about it because I'm luckier than most. Preheating the oven when there's a styrofoam tray of chicken defrosting in there may be a trivial problem in the grand scheme of life, but it still ruined my afternoon and is (to me) worth complaining about.

Other people's problems may indeed be worse than mine, but that doesn't make my problems any less real and valid.
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Old 06 May 2010, 04:51 PM
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So what if they are? My problems might be trivial on a global scale, but that doesn't make them any less legitimate concerns in my daily life.
I do understand this on a logical level. But on an emotional level, I have had too many people complaining to me about their minor aches and pains, or very trivial medical conditions, without ever once thinking about how it sounds.

I am not completely innocent of this myself, but I do try to realize the ridiculousness when I complain to my amputee neighbor about stubbing my toe, or how tired I am from walking.

My point (I think) is that while your trivial problems are bothersome for you, you should remember that they are trivial, and be careful of your audience.
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Old 07 May 2010, 08:29 AM
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I hate that kind of argument. Don't complain about being a slave, about living in a concentration camp; about bigotry and racism and poverty; at least you're not a half man!
Agreed. Pointing at something else and saying "...but that's much worse!" is just misdirection. A problem is still a problem, even if there are worse problems.
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Old 08 May 2010, 01:57 AM
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"Who has it worse fight" in 3...2...1...

Whitner: Wheelchair.
House: Cane. I think you should do the honorable thing. Let me have my space back.
Whitner: Oh, well, uh. Since you ask so nicely... wheelchair.
House: Cane. Walking long distances makes my leg hurt.
Whitner: And it's easy for me.
House: Course not. Pushing that little lever. Thumb muscles must burn. I'm sure the last ten yards are pure torture.
Whitner: Crossing the parking lot is dangerous. Cars can't see me.
House: You ever hit a patch of black ice with a cane?
Whitner: No. Gosh, on account of the fact that I can't walk.
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Old 10 May 2010, 10:32 PM
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That last bit, starting at "You have a whole body..." annoys me too. It's an interesting story and Peng is very admirable for what he's accomplished (and the people who've helped him are admirable as well). Why can't the author just leave it at that and let people decide what to take away from it? My trivial complaints are a completely separate thing from this man's amazing story. If my friends want to say "You really complain too much," then they can do so.

I prefer to see a story like this presented on it's terms, without "SEE?! Now, quit yer bitchin'!" appended to it.

There, that's my trivial complaint for the day. Nyah!
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Old 11 May 2010, 03:10 AM
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I hate that kind of argument. Don't complain about being a slave, about living in a concentration camp; about bigotry and racism and poverty; at least you're not a half man!
Yeah but I'm not any of those things either. I don't have as much as I want, but honestly, I have have everything I need. And I'm better off than 9x% of the population of the planet. I'm pretty fortunate indeed.
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It happens.

Jerry Springer has (or at least, had) a guy on his show a number of times who has nothing but head, arms, and a torso. I don't remember his name, but he's from Pittsburgh if I remember correctly.
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It happens.

Jerry Springer has (or at least, had) a guy on his show a number of times who has nothing but head, arms, and a torso. I don't remember his name, but he's from Pittsburgh if I remember correctly.
There have been people born without legs or deformed ones that were amputated.

Sister "heck, there was a guy with no arms or legs who could still shave himself and roll cigarettes" Ray
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I saw a man in similar shape at a Fresno hospital about 10 years ago. He wheeled himslef around on a short bed/gurney thing, and seemed to be doing okay healthwise despite his challenges.
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