Reading the following discussion of the meaning of the “so-called” Chinese Proverb, what would you think it would be? Consider;
While purporting to be a blessing, this is in fact a curse. The expression is always used ironically, with the clear implication that 'uninteresting times', of peace and tranquillity, are more life-enhancing than interesting ones.
“May you live in interesting times” is widely reported as being of ancient Chinese origin but is neither Chinese nor ancient, being recent and western. It certainly seems to have been intended to sound oriental.
Sir Austen, who referred to himself as “a very old Parliamentarian,” said:—
“It is not so long ago that a member of the Diplomatic Body in London, who had spent some years of his service in China, told me that there was a Chinese curse which took the form of saying, ‘May you live in interesting times.’ There is no doubt that the curse has fallen on us.”
“We move from one crisis to another. We suffer one disturbance and shock after another.”
Having looked at this position I tried to place in juxtaposition the saying and the events of the current time in which we live.
Put aside global chaos including the North Korean threat, the Iranian threat, or even the Global Hacking threat. Minimize the movement of cultures in waves of illegal immigrants, refugees, and, yes, terrorist. Ignore the potential for a worldwide pandemic of drug resistant viruses and biological plagues.
“Interesting times” indeed. In fact an “interesting age” for sure.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, there is a developing and revealing situation of epic proportions. Stuff that books and movies are famous for. This is definitely “Seven Days In May” material. Try this on for size, “powerful people inside our government, at the highest levels, not even elected but appointed, made a bid to control (rig) the 2016 Presidential Election in the United State of America.”
Whew! I’m finding it hard to say it but there are way too may “coincidences” to believe the timing of it all was and is, a mere coincidence.
Either way folks, we are standing dead center in a most interesting age and without-a-doubt, one of the most interest times of the age.
A blessing or a curse? You tell me.
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