“It is said an eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him with the words, 'And this, too, shall pass away.' How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!”
it's ironic how the person who constantly exposed me to the harsh realities of life can yearn for smthing so dreamlike & naive...
my mum was watchin dae jang geum today & then when we came to the part where min zheng hao proclaims his undying love for jang geum & promises to elop with her. i started sniggering (dun ask me y, i always snigger when ppl become mushy & stuff) & my mum with tears in her eyes, obviously touched by the "true" & "unselfish" love portrayed on screen asked me whether i thought this kind of life was better the current life we(just a generalisation) live in.
i stared at her for a while before i started tearing out my hair.
ok that was exaggerated but i started to smirk & said that's lame & continued sniggering at the 2 lovers on the screen.
i think e reason why ppl are extremely attracted to this kind of selfless love is because we live in a world devoid of adventure, threat like being poisoned by flying darts, sinking ships likle titanic. as in the action packed adventure filled with swords, fights etc.the scenes of a person hugging his dying lover after he fails to protect her in a fight & blahx. we rarely see love letters, nor knights in shiny armour.
we live in a world surrounded by money & all other weird inventions of the industralised century.
with the coming of a new century...
we are more direct. we dismiss subtlety. we don't have time for those lovey dovey things anymore. we kiss on the first date, even better, we already have sex on the first date. or maybe get married w/i weeks or months of knowing each other. slow is out of our way of life. it's discouraged, it's despised. slow learners are automatically classified as stupid. slow action points to retardedness. right, einstein was stupid & he created a weapon that could kill millions. damn right he's stupid.
we demand for equality of women, which is misunderstood or understood by many as women don't need men to protect them, women can do the stuff that men can do. not only do we want to supersede men in terms of intelligence, we also want to be stronger physically. we begin to see less gentleman around, because woman insist on being strong & independent. the commonly heard line of ladies first comes as a insult to a independent woman of the 21st century. in fact, the common discription of guys come in all forms ranging from gays, sissy, faggots, desperados to weakling. chivalrous doesn't come to my mind, nor have i heard it frm anyone to describe a guy. it's pathetic & it's kinda of sad too.
i think we become more warped as we evolve. things tt are nt accepted in the past are gradually being accepted now. kids can watch porn like nobody's business, vulgarities are spewed everywhere w.o restrain. we just want things to be direct, to be fast. maybe in that way, we're going to die faster soon. HURHUR