Paul Chong/Sunday, 23 November 2014
Life is one great rich & exciting experience, an adventure, a journey or play. It’s wonderfully exhilarating with its ever changing scene.
We must extend ourselves in life, be engaging, for life gives us
back far more than what we put in. Like operating a computer,
results will depend upon the data you put it. No input . . . no output.
Our individual success would mean the ultimate of the whole.
“So what is life, if full of care . . . we have no time to stand & stare”. You probably remember this little poetic line from your school days. Life’s kaleidoscope has a constantly changing pattern or sequence of objects or elements . . . a kaleidoscope of colours. I remember making one of those toys for our school annual art exhibition.
Time is even stronger than kings who are constantly fighting each other. The passage of time uncovers lies and lets people see the truth.
Everybody study Geography in school (Malaysia) where we learn about the earthly physical & climatic aspects mainly. But when you step into the university, the field of geography is vastly expanded to encompass not only geomorphology, but also geology, anthropology, historical & political geography, human & economic geography, meteorology . . . its terminology lengthening & becoming more numerous.
“Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” so said William Shakespeare. It’s a passing dream you might say that affords not of your standing there & stare. As an actor, you play your role & play it well to attain life’s accolades or oscars. The idiotic sound & fury will all vanish into nothingness.
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts…** As You Like It Act II, sc. Vii (William Shakespeare).
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic trailer，500 people dancing in the sky (YouTube)
The field of human endeavour never fail to amaze as shown by this video where the performance of each individual contributes successfully to the building of the “dynamic aerial human pyramid” in the spirit of teamwork. Likewise, “Chinese Dream” calls for the success of the sum total of each & every individual’s performance.
This is then the magnificent aspect of life’s kaleidoscope.
Gross individualism or self-centredness must not supercede collectivity.
Ultimately, everyone of us make our exit in life.
Strike it with fire & zeal while we still have it.