Sunday, February 10, 2008

Curse You!

Came across some research around the history of an ancient Chinese curse,

'For centuries the Chinese used an ancient curse: "May you live in interesting times!" It isn't a curse any more. It's a blessing. We're scientific and civilized. We've got so many rights and liberties and freedoms that one can yearn for chains for the sheer pleasure of busting them and shaking them off. Reckon life would be more livable if there were any chains left to bust.'
~Eric Frank Russell, April 1950.

This curse of living in interesting times should be read as living in 'turbulent' times, which acts as a curse for anyone who considered stability and constancy as a sign of prosperity. This is in line with Confucian thinking..where stability acts as a precursor to happiness, peace, wealth and well being.
This curse could be seen from varied perspective, depending on your personality type. Many a person would rather die than be in a stable, secure, uneventful environment. However there are those who have lived through years of turbulence and only wish for depends on what, where, how and who you are. Something to think about I guess...

This curse gets upgraded (as the person thats cursing gets increasingly agitated I suppose). It goes on to become:
* May you come to the attention of those in authority
and then worse still...
* May you find what you are looking for

Eerie, creepy, but there is some truth they hold. These people really did think out things in depth and use them right. I am glad mum's not Chinese or inclined to such thinking..such a curse from someone who knows you would (should) freak you out!

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