We lose our temper because we believe things need to be perfect. The human race has grown tremendously in some areas, like putting man on the moon, and performing heart transplants, yet the day to day inertia exhibited by all human specimens truly boggles the mind. I mean, if aliens are watching, this channel must be like the Jerry Springer of the Milky Way Network! My point is, now that our expectations are for things to move at an ever-accelerating rate, we are even more flustered when things go wrong, or too slowly for our liking – traffic, the internets, or even that pesky ‘meibanfa’ attitude which seems to be all-pervasive in this manic modern era. We find ourselves clenching our jaws and squeaking out the most violently polite ‘buhaoyisI’ any form of life could ever hope to muster. Fortunately, life in China forces us to learn how to be more realistic and forgiving about these often minor annoyances.