@Aella_Girl From observing happy couples:

It should be someone who has a thorough mastery of your social world. Who doesn't need it. You switch social worlds with him to a wider one where you both thrive.

@Aella_Girl Given the above as the assumption:

1. Check the edge of communities that share your values. Either a new entrant, a heretic or just geographically distant.

@Aella_Girl 2. He should be liked by most in community, while honestly and jovially ignoring something usually important to it. Coin some questions and ask around for who might make such an impression

3. Debate your values while paying attention to body sensations. Check if he cracks.

@Aella_Girl Very vague, but hopefully specific enough to be helpful. I can relay specific stories that match this pattern. The people in the pattern are hyper intellectual however. There are other patterns I'm sure.

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China's mass surveillance and digital dystopia have been exaggerated or just made up in many pieces of Western reporting.

Is there anything worth reading on which of these have been debunked? I remember reading on the Chinese social credit score system for example.
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Good article on the limits of China's supposed surveillance state.

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It is amazing nearly everyone that comments participates in good faith and an eagerness to learn. Grateful! Thank you! 😄

One of the best parts of orienting my thinking towards the public has been learning from those who write to me. Keep it up✊
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You don't have to fit into a neat box after all.

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They understand the distinction between official positions and real evaluations.

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