Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ants move house

Ants move house

This is children's naughty act? Small stools lined up as road barriers blocking pedestrians? Or some sorts of children games? The boy and the girl use stools acting like daytime soap series? For behaviours of children, many adults who are busy making a living usually don't care, don't notice, don't understand about what children do.

Oh you, busy walking by, please bend down your body and take a good look. Underneath the row of stools is a team of living life force full of discipline and marching spirits. Ants are moving family/house! Up front are leaders with sharp destination in mind; no distractions get in the way. And follow by soldier ants of strong forces, many of whom carry heavy loads of grains.

These two children are setting up corridors from stools in order to protect the ants crossing the middle of the street safely. In the world of tens of thousands of climatic scenarios, there are many 'normal scenes' which get ignored by human beings. And thus many small and minute lives get jeopardized. In the journey of life, the weak life forms need to be protected. And that the sacred hearts of children, and children's behaviours that are full of love and care, need more nurture and encouragement!

Please praise and encourage children games such as this one that helps ants move house!

+) Comic: Comic drawn by the late Mr. 丰子恺 / 豐子愷 (FENG Zi Kai) in his book 《护生画集》; hu sheng hua ji; Protecting-lives-drawing-collections. Original writing in the comic: 蚂蚁搬家, Ma-Yi Ban Jia, "Ants Move Family/House".
+) Writing: Original writing in Chinese edited by 宋慧燕 (SONG Hui Yan), Sin Chew Plus, July 20th, 2011, of Sin Chew Daily, a Malaysian daily newspaper in Chinese language.
+) Translation: By John Lew, trying to keep the original tones and grammar patterns intact.


The Runner, Dreamer, Observer, Seeker said...

YES! My mind was transported back to those childhood days...where we do things like that! Innocent and simple act of kindness which we've all forgotten through the years of growing up. Thank you for dropping good reminders every now & then.

John J. C. Lew said...

Hi you Runner, Dreamer, Observer and Seeker,

I'm ashamed to say I wasn't that kind-hearted when I was younger. I used to torch up rolls of newspapers and burned ants to death while I was in primary school. I remember I enjoyed watching their bodies burn in fire and die in agony...

Some say the reason I had had migraine for more than 10 years is that it's a form of punishment for burning ants and insects to death. Furthermore I did those cruel acts all the time as child play. How wrong and sinful was I!

I'm sorry... Truly truly sorry. I hope all of you get better life next life; if there's next life.

For all of us out here in this world, the better thing to leave to our children and next generation is kindness to living creatures.

Be kind and protect lives... That's what the tiny voice in our hearts is struggling to say.

Anonymous said...

I really liked the article, and the very cool blog.

John J. C. Lew said...

Dear Anonymous,

Thank you for your liking.

I like that when people believe all these writings are cool and useful for the people.

Thank you.