I went to Shanghai school last week to recruit and set up a stall in the school. A student who came to apply for the job told me that before he went to a large local company in Shanghai for an interview, the interviewer’s first question was: Can your family make a two million down payment? At first glance, it sounds inexplicable. What is the relationship between whether there is money in the family and the work ability of the employees? The student asked the same question at the scene. HR’s answer is that the fresh graduates cultivated by the company in the past few years have chosen to quit their jobs and return to second- and third-tier cities to find jobs because they did not see the hope of buying a house in Shanghai. From the perspective of company operations, the loss of experienced technicians is indeed a trouble, so HR came up with such a loss. Since the reason for leaving is that you can’t afford a house, you can only talk to people who can afford a house to save the cost of follow-up communication. It’s also because the job is too difficult to find in the past two years, even if you do this, you can still hire people. I sounded a little confused, so I asked that classmate, wouldn’t other Shanghai companies do the same? Classmates said that HRs of other companies would ask them euphemistically, such as “Can your family’s economic conditions support your foothold in Shanghai?” Then we looked at each other, and no one knew what to say. From the first time I came to Shanghai in the fall of 2012, I have been enrolling in the same school for eight years. I was very impressed with the first time I set up a stall. At that time, I was very nervous, and I didn’t want to be seen by the interviewees that I was nervous, so I sat up straight. There was no business at the stall that day, and it was deserted. Finally, a classmate came over and asked about the salary of the next post. I said that the annual salary is about 100,000 yuan. The classmate laughed and pointed to the stall of the company next door and said that the company in Shanghai gave him 150,000, so I would prefer to stay in Shanghai for development. I said, the salary in our small place is definitely not comparable to that in the big city. The salary in Shanghai is higher, but the house price is also expensive. The classmates said, but staying on the Shanghai platform is bigger and develops better, and you can buy it sooner or later. The speaker spoke frankly, and the listener did not feel wrong. Then the student got up and left, and continued to find a local company in Shanghai to submit his resume. Now, eight years later, our small local company is still recruiting at the same school, and it has been very busy for more than two hours. I asked every student if they had considered staying in Shanghai. Many students said that they considered it, but in the end they decided to go home. Regarding the reasons for the choice, everyone has the same answer-no matter what your career is, it is impossible to buy a house on your own, and house prices will not stay in place and wait for you to catch up. Just like the boys eight years ago calmly said that they could buy it sooner or later, today’s classmates said that it was impossible to afford it. They are also calm, just stating a well-known fact, and there is no emotional fluctuation. It’s just that I, someone who has been on the sidelines for eight years, is a little bit emotional. In the eight years I have seen, the young people of this first-class prestigious school have indeed gradually extinguished their expectations of the big city, the bright future, and the life of a family and business in the future. In this process, crop after crop of young people are told that they are struggling and encouraged to have hope in life, and then a few years have passed, exhausted like dry batteries, and then replaced by new batteries. Even if this is the case, the company still complains that the battery power is not long enough and the output is not stable enough, and then set a job standard of 2 million yuan. It is conceivable that the selected batteries will be burdened with a lifetime debt, and one month’s mortgage is higher than most people’s wages. Then there is 996, a desperate competition, taking the initiative to drain one’s last drop of blood. But even this kind of life will be called lucky, because there are more people who want to be squeezed out. All this is seen by the new batteries in the campus factory. These prestigious students who have defeated thousands of troops on the single-plank bridge in the college entrance examination, and the consistent winners in the competition of their peers, discovered for the first time that their efforts and talents cannot have any impact on the future. So some of them decided not to make dry batteries, and let those who used to be greedy for black hanging beams in the past to go to waste, give up the dream of a big city and go home. But when the oranges from Huainan arrived in Huaibei, they always felt a little uncomfortable. The platform is bad, the salary is less, the network is more, the unthinkable chaos and stupid people are all used to it. When you convince yourself to endure everything, you find that the office building is as brightly lit every weekend as it is at night, and the work group in the middle of the night keeps news, and you have to give hard-earned money to the demolition households…nothing has changed. It turns out that people have to become batteries, and the same goes for escaping from a big city. This is the end. The end point is like this, but it doesn’t delay people still vying for life and death at the starting point. Probably because of my age, there are more and more anxious parents around me. Just recently, I watched a mother who was so anxious because of a phone call from the teacher, she even increased her speaking speed much faster, like a machine gun. In fact, her child’s test scores are already at the upper-middle level of key elementary schools. Yes, that’s just a child in elementary school. I said it’s not a good test. Don’t put too much pressure on the child. It’s still the most important thing to be happy. The depressive growth process will affect a person for a lifetime. The mother was unmoved, still anxious. She said how could this be done, how could I be admitted to a good university, now that the competition is so fierce, what should I do to find a job in the future… I looked at such an anxious mother, and suddenly thought of many people in my mind. The kid who pulled the car door and jumped off the bridge. The demolished households downstairs in the community who are doing nothing to play cards day after day. A company building where the lights are always on late at night, and people always stay up late to work overtime. The interviewer asked if there are two million graduates in the family. A child from someone else’s family often mentioned by his parents, fifteen years ago, he went to school to get a prestigious school, graduated and stayed in Shanghai, and had a successful career-he graduated from the same school as the previous classmate, with the same effort and excellence. In fact, I really want to ask anxious parents: forcing such a small child to fight for victory or defeat with others, but what then? So what? Perhaps this can be regarded as a kind of black comfort: in this new era, you don’t have to worry about winning so much, because the position of the winner is already full. We were beaten and beaten, but no one will be a winner. There are only one battery after another, with wires connected to the end and end, standing side by side at the end of this life-and-death, single-plank bridge.