Tuesday 11 December 2018

"Not everyone can be lucky (nor beautiful!), but everyone can be virtuous".

Putting this headline on today's youtube video reminded me of one of the first sentences I ever "wrote" in Chinese (back when I didn't know the language at all: just using google translate and a dictionary, with assistance from a native speaker to fix the result).

"Not everyone can be lucky, not everyone can be beautiful", vs. "Not everyone can have luck, but everyone can have virtue".  And yeah, the sentiment is much the same in today's video.

Uh… and the Chinese was… ? 不是每個人都有幸運,但是每個人都能做好事,每個人都能助天道。

Sunday 2 December 2018

As Dominoes tend to fall in one and the same direction…

Many of you have known me over the internet for 4 years by now (some for 2 years, and so on).  Things have only gotten worse.  They're still getting worse.  There's no reason to interpret that sequence of dominoes as indicating that things will suddenly get better.