It is hard to retrace the origin of the game called “Call the Roll”, but I think there may be only two rational cases: either a kind guy created it accidentally, or a psychics reasearcher produced it calculatedly. Whichever it is, “Call the Roll” has became the most popular game on Xiaonei, on where “popular” and “boring” are one and the same thing, on where “popular” annotates “solitude”.
To smile together, to feel lonely alone. The one who always talk happily and easily with others, maybe hide all the words, which he would like to express most, in his own throat. As the saying goes in chinese “两句谚语不会翻” .So many close friends you would have, so few of them could share your thinking which you want to transfer most. In other words, they actually would like to share, but they could not understand.
Accepting the request agreeably or unwillingly, answering dozens of questions carefully, writting down the longest article in diary possibly, and then passing the torch to other friends kindly — now that Call the Roll is a game, we need not to be too strict with it. The summation of the time that everyone spend for one’s article, maybe less than half of the writer’s spending. Except the ones who take much care of the writer, most of the readers just skim over the paragraphs (sometimes they leave some superficial messages), and then forget them at all. Just as the barber speaking to the hole on the elm,”the king has a pair of donkey airs”, to other people it is a boring game, to the one, who speak out his feeling, it helps him relieve his solitude. That is the value of the game.
So, Falcon, though “popular” and “boring” are one and the same thing, “popular” and “valuable” are equal too. You never call nor recept, neither do I. It is not because we never feel lonely, but since when we are in solitude we have friends. At that moment, let us sing the song, One Night in Beijing, laudly and clearly.