Chapter 6 - Walls and science
Chapter 6: Walls and science
Ren Xiaosu thanked him. 8220;Thank you for letting me into the yard to attend your lessons, sir. 8221;
8220;Phew. 8221; Zhang Jinglin lit the cigarette with a match he used for preparing meals at home. Then he blew out a breathful of smoke, looking pleased. 8220;Students who enjoy attending lessons like you are rare. You can attend the lessons if you like. In the future, you can stand at the door, but you 8217;re not allowed to enter the classroom. 8221;
8220;That 8217;s great. 8221; Ren Xiaosu said, 8220;Teacher, I have a question. 8221;
8220;Speak. 8221; Perhaps due to the fact that Zhang Jinglin rarely had the chance to have a smoke, he didn 8217;t mind any questions that Ren Xiaosu had for him.
8220;Teacher, you said before that humans had a lot of technology before The Cataclysm happened. Since we humans were not wiped out, why didn 8217;t those technologies reappear? 8221;
Zhang Jinglin glanced at Ren Xiaosu. 8220;For a period of time after The Cataclysm, humans did not keep track of how long they had been drifting along in anarchy. It was good enough to survive each day, so nobody bothered with gaining knowledge and becoming a learned person. 8221;
8220;But we should still have some information left, right? If we learn them, couldn 8217;t we return to civilization quicker? 8221; Ren Xiaosu wondered.
8220;It 8217;s become lost through the generations, 8221; Zhang Jinglin said in regret. 8220;Let me ask you. If I gave you a set of instructions to construct an airplane, would you be able to make one? 8221;
8220;It 8217;s not like I 8217;ve learned how to do it before. Although having the instructions can save a lot of time, I 8217;ll still have to start from scratch, 8221; Ren Xiaosu said.
8220;That 8217;s right. Everyone is starting from scratch. 8221; Zhang Jinglin looked at the remaining half of his cigarette, feeling a little pained. It looked like he was deciding on whether to keep smoking.
He had intended to save the remaining half of the cigarette to smoke at a later time. But if he put out the cigarette in front of Ren Xiaosu and Yan Liuyuan, wouldn 8217;t it be a loss of face for him?
Ren Xiaosu was still doubtful. 8220;How could no one have overcome the hardships and gotten into research and building up knowledge again in all those years? 8221;
8220;Those who attempted all died from starvation, 8221; Zhang Jinglin said.
8220;Could all of that knowledge really have become lost through the generations? 8221; Ren Xiaosu could not accept it.
Zhang Jinglin looked at Ren Xiaosu seriously this time and said pointedly, 8220;They are in the possession of a small number of people. 8221;
8220;That 8217;s enough. 8221; Zhang Jinglin stood up and said, 8220;Don 8217;t pursue this matter any further.. It 8217;s time for class. 8221;
Ren Xiaosu pestered Zhang Jinglin with a final question. 8220;Teacher, when were the walls of the stronghold built? And why did they build them? 8221;
8220;After The Cataclysm, wild animals ran rampant. A very long time ago, there was even a bug infestation. As such, humans were forced to build tall walls to ward off the danger, 8221; Zhang Jinglin explained.
8220;But even though animals have evolved, they don 8217;t actually initiate attacks on humans. 8221; Ren Xiaosu was curious about this. Monkeys still remained omnivores, and sparrows still loved eating grains, so it was not like they would actively try to make a meal out of humans.
Zhang Jinglin looked at the students in the classroom. 8220;Pay attention and listen in class. Don 8217;t think that danger is very far from you. For now, your parents are still protecting you. But when you grow up, you have to learn how to protect yourselves. For today 8217;s lesson, we 8217;ll be discussing what you should do if you encounter a pack of wolves. 8221;
The students in class actually liked listening to the survival lessons the most. The other subjects were still a little boring for their current age group, whereas they found the survival lessons to be the most interesting.
The classroom quieted down. Zhang Jinglin looked at Ren Xiaosu, who was standing at the door and listening in on the lesson. 8220;You there, tell us what you do when you encounter a pack of wolves in the wild. 8221;
Ren Xiaosu gave it some thought before replying, 8220;I 8217;d try my best to find a slope surrounded by greenery, because that will be the most suitable place for an auspicious burial ground. 8221;
Zhang Jinglin was surprised.
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