I've struggled with breathing my entire life. Watching pollution levels, I've become sensitive to knowing when I've entered into a more polluted area. I'd be one of the first to die if I were to live in a heavily polluted area, especially Beijing. I'm sure there are millions like me in this sense, and millions that have died or suffer greatly daily due to the smog.
It is very sad.
May solutions to the smog be quickly implemented and all who struggle to breath have clean air.
"No tree becomes rooted and sturdy unless many a wind assails it. For by its very tossing it tightens its grip and plants its roots more securely; the fragile trees are those that have grown in a sunny valley."
- Seneca the Younger (57 BCE- 65 AD)
"Seek truth in meditation, not moldy books. Look in the sky to find the moon, not in the pond."
- Persian proverb