Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The Unfathomable Gap

Sometimes it feels like life just has not stopped being in constant flux for as far as and as long as my memory could serve me since the beginning of the school year. So many events and people, whether expected or unexpected, have come into life, spinning my head to an unfathomable degree and throwing me off guard.

Looking ahead, there remain monumental amount of work and issues and ends to meet and take care of before the book of life turns into a fresh page in a familiar yet essentially another foreign land on the edge of the Pacific ring. What is the future going to entail I cannot say for sure; at this point I'm just going to focus on how to get through the transitional stage in between.

Today in lecture Prof. C reminded us of the anxious gap between the traditional and the imagined "modern" that Liang Qichao once attempted to tread over in his failed fictional attempt to draw a beautiful "New Future of China." Because the gap was too great and even the way of treading over seemed vastly opaque, Liang eventually abandoned his ambitious project and left behind a grand (though horrifically boring) beginning of a fictional writing not even anywhere close to being a futuristic blue print of China.

Not that I myself have any grandiose ideas on how to bridge this gap between the traditional and the modern in relations to the future of China, but the anecdote of Liang somehow made me think of my own life at the moment - in flux, in transition, in searching for a direction to tread over this seemingly vast and unknown "gap" in between the "now" and, hopefully, "near future."

"Faith" is becoming monumental in the picture. 信念吧,必須要一些,besides the everlasting grip on 信仰。

梅ちゃん at 8:13:00 AM



at 3/27/07, 3:43 AM Blogger ferdinandhui said...

A friend of mine and I were having a chat yesterday about history... and how it is written... and particularly how we can help write it.

What fascinates me most is how difficult it is for actors on the stage of history to know what themes they will be playing into. It often takes years if not decades or even centuries to know what the actions and events that occured in a certain period ultimately mean when placed in the tapestry or mosaic of history.

Bridging the gap from Ancient to Future requires the author to paint a picture of some kind of understanding of the present. It is mindboggling difficult. It's difficult enough to write from prehistory to the precipice of the "now," Don't you think?

I wonder -- how do we interpret our "present"? How do we assign meanings to our individual "nows?"




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