Desiderata

Sunday, 7 November 2004

Prolonged periods of heavy rain over the past few days have taken a toll on many a person's health, and I too have finally succumbed to a cold. Han and I were forced to give Lynn's concert at FAB a miss because of this--I was disappointed, as I promised Lynn quite some time back that we'd come and give her support. She and Terry made the effort to attend DYHTPS in August this year and I felt that this was the chance to return the favour. Besides, I was looking forward to finding out just how immersed she is in dance.

In lieu of the concert, we stayed home to watch Ghost in the Shell 2 instead. Unfortunately it wasn't dubbed in english and the subtitles looked as if they were mangled through an online translation engine, which made it pretty tough going when trying to understand the movie's plot. I had a hazy idea of what it was all about by the time the credits rolled up the screen, but Han helped to shed some light on its dealing with issues of ethics and morality with regards to trying to emulate the human soul in robots. Tonight will not be the night for me to write my thoughts on this--more deliberation is necessary.

I will, however, share with you something I copied painstakingly into my autograph book which dates back to my high school days (I dug it out of my cupboard impulsively about an hour ago to indulge in being sentimental for a while). It was from a poster that hung on my mom's desk for years.

  • Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what place there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too, have their story.

  • Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons that yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

  • Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise cuation in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

  • Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.

  • Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in suden misfortune. But do not stress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

  • You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

  • Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul.

  • With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

I think it would be something nice to hang on the wall of our new place, when we move in to our apartment next year. 🙂

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