It has already become an annual thing. Lightening the candle, for the death, the present, the past and the future. Been labeled as a pessimistic is burdenless, don’t you feel more free in that way? Being an optimist requires way more energy and much less wisdom. We could not predict future, because the most unpredictable thing is people’s mind. Here lies the meaning of individual, the emphasis of the renaissance, and the value that been striped away long enough.
Magazines are talking about separate identities between Hong Kongers and Chinese Mainlanders, and of course, how to build up a common identity, as Chinese. Sensitive? Cultural shock? Post-Colonial? Many balls in the air, so it depends on the clown, right?
Hong Kong is not the only place for candles, The Economist made a mistake. One hour jet-boated away, an island bears only casinos could also bear candles. Among all the gamblers, slot machine sounds, faith and loathing like in Vegas, there are candles, songs, and as well as mournings.
Candle is for romantic matters only. No! It could also be an aroma therapy. Holding the candle singing “Sailor”‘s melody with altered lyrics with tears in the eye and throat smothered. SARS probably is only an excuse for wearing masks. Sanitation in people’s mind. Masks or Sunglasses serve the same purpose. They help the human organs hiding behind the reality they perceive. Reactions might be vary, but the action is the same — hiding.
Candles bring us fire, light and in some circumstances, fragrance. Don’t you feel more peaceful in front of candles rather than neon or lime lights? Admit it. Sometimes, the primitive things connect easier to your instinct. For example, touch screen. One of our instinct is touching everything with our fingers, truth! Smart phone offers us this solution and it opens the digital world. But fire also connects with arsonist. Then, you think about water! Two natural “disaster” could devour us.
Therefore, mourning for the 400+ missing people in the latest Eastern Star Cruise Ship sank. Life is vulnerable. Is that why individuals are not valued that much? Maybe scholars should let people know what’s it like in Utopia. People are irritated, but getting more and more understandable. Thoughtful. Public intellectuals are accused for accusing the authority, and vise versa. Their existence give you the opportunity to look what you’ve done in a self criticizing sense, don’t they?
How do people differentiate complaining and questioning?
Media are out there like vultures. It scares me a bit. Trying to read news from various sources, by the way, that doesn’t guarantee me getting the genuine information. Not even the family members of the missing, why would I? Last year, Korean ship Sewol sank causing lots of people’s death including many students. CNN said the captain has been sentenced to life in prison (the news here), however, Reuters says the Korean captain was sentenced to 36 years in jail (the news here). A long way to go for the Media, but not only the media.