Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Armageddon, End of the world

End of the world is around the corner, many people say so.
Quite a number of people are scared to death; and they are scared of death.

I'm reminded of 2 ancient sayings of how we've looked at death:





轻如鸿毛,重如泰山。
[Qing ru hong mao, zhong ru Tai shan.]
Light-as-(swan goose)-feather, weighty-as-Tai-mountain.


十八年后又是一条好汉!
[Shi ba nian hou you shi yi tiao hao han.]
One-eight-years-later-again-is-a-piece-good-hero!
(18 years later I'm gonna be a solid person again!)


"Though death befalls all men alike, it may be weightier than Mount Tai or lighter than a feather."
People all die for different reasons. Some reasons are noble; some are pathetic, some are non-existing...

Do the right things right. Not the right things? - Don't do. And admit our mistakes in the past and vow never to repeat them again. Keep doing good stuffs for the living beings to redeem our past mistakes... And to score even better!

Life and death; must be dealt with open minds; and that our lives will shine with great rainbows...

Grab this very moment. Live to the fullest now.

If we were to part this mortal world for now (hopefully because of doing the right things); we will be reincarnated into new born babies. And that 18 years later, we would be 18 years old and become strong adult, ready to serve the world again. (That is, if you believe in the idea of reborn-reincarnation.)

End of the world? Don't worry, everything will be just fine.

Ho ho ho~~

PS:
+) 《漢書》 司馬遷 報任少卿書:「人固有一死,或重于泰山,或輕于鴻毛。用之所趨異也。」 by the ancient Chinese writer SZUMA Chien / SIMA Qian.
+) "Though death befalls all men alike, it may be weightier than Mount Tai or lighter than a feather." -- http://www.dictall.com/



+) 用之所趨異也。Yong zhi suo qu yi ye. -- It all depends upon the reasons he or she dies for.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dear Sensei,

We are still here ^^ A new world has just started! Congratulation!

I like the way you view things. “Grab this very moment. Live to the fullest now.” (like an ancient hero, haha! >_< ) You’re good in using ancient teaching to reflex the current world.

While reading this,a poem in 红楼梦--葬花词had fly into my mind. Lin Dai Yu was so sad for the withered flowers, as the flower represent herself in the poem...hmm...different situation from what you're saying…ya… ^^

Wish you have a nice day!

Celeste

John J. C. Lew said...

Hi Celeste,

Ya, pretty much new life for every second. So we should always be living NOW.

As for the novel Dream In The Red Chamber/Mansion, I haven't had time to finish it! Still, leave the sad characters alone, stay calm and be moderate.

Ho ho ho.

John

Sylvia said...

Dear Dr. John,
2012年,我们并肩的渡过了未日。
最后一天的当日,我们再用一颗真诚的心,一起來求忏悔:
往昔所造诸悪业
皆由无始贪瞋痴
从身语意之所生
一切我今皆忏悔

感恩一切诸众生的成就,圆满了大家的心愿:
*世界太平,国泰民安*

但愿崭新的2013年,我们彼此再努力,带给世界更安宁、更美好!

也祝愿大家:
新年快乐,身心安康;
家庭美满,幸福快乐!

Sylvia

John J. C. Lew said...

Yes, Sylvia,

To look for redemption has always been a great way to start anew. Wishing all beings with less pain in hearts and bodies...

Healthy and happy new year!

John