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I’ve been living and teaching in Taiwan for three years.  I have to confess something.  Even though I teach English, and am supposed to have insights into what makes our linguistic clocks tick, I’m a slow language learner myself.  To date, I still only have the barest skills which allow me to peacefully coexist with vendors and a few of my neighbors.

Nonetheless, I do continue to acquire bits of useful language, and from time to time get nuggets of wisdom from conversation.

When I find a particularly resonant little saying, I’ll make a computer desktop from it.  A year ago or so, I made one from this old proverb:


The pronunciation is "Loo\ shr\ ren/ dzoh(v) chew- lie/ de" (where "\" is a descending tone, "/" ascending, "(v)" the falling-rising, and "-" the high, flat tone).

Strangely, I find this easier to translate into French than English:  "Les gens promènent: voilà, la rue!"  (Hope I got that right!)  The best I can do in English is, "The road is made when the people come out to walk."

I feel the spirit here is very much like when Christ said, "The Sabbath was made for Man, not the other way ‘round," or (and most pertinent to the Kossacks), as when one diary writer pointed out that The President Serves At the Pleasure of the American People.

At the time when I made this desktop, I reflected on how unaware the average American is that he or she is the engine of change, and so I incorporated the image of people making up "the road," driving change.


It was in that spirit that I created the desktop.  It’s 1024x768, and can be found here. (Note:  Sorry about the non-pbucket link, but they shrink big images.)

If you’d like to understand the semantics of the statement a little better, an explanatory graphic can be found here.

Keep the faith, people.  You are the road.  You are the engine of change.  Don’t ever forget that.

Originally posted to razajac on Wed Mar 28, 2007 at 07:10 PM PDT.

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  •  nice (1+ / 0-)
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    I appreciate your sharing that.

    The battle for Helms Deep is over. The battle for Middle Earth has just begun.

    by Mithrandir on Wed Mar 28, 2007 at 07:49:02 PM PDT

  •  Cool (0+ / 0-)

    "The road is made when the people come out to walk."

    This makes me think of paths, too. We make paths and so do our outdoor animals.  We walk along taking the easiest way, missing the gully, missing the briars and the weeds where we can.  After awhile the ground is packed down and nothing grows there. Paths are good.

    Where we live there are still dirt roads.  They were formed during the days of the horses and wagons. Everyone took the easiest way to town, missing all the bad, dangerous and boggy areas and missing the hollows and the heavy woods.  Soon they became wide "paths" or "roads" that everyone followed because they were clear and nothing grew there. Sometimes they had to build a bridge in order to get to some areas.

    Not all places can have dirt roads because they don't have many rocks. When it rains, people sink deep in the dirt and are stuck.

    All the real ways that paths and roads are built can symbolize our walk through life. We try to miss the bad, dangerous, boggy areas and the hollows and too heavy woods.  Sometimes we need bridges, too.

    As we walk through life, we build "life roads" partly by the choices we make and what we learn from others. Our reactions to what we come upon during our life sometimes clears the path for others. Our leaders can take us down a good path or lead us  straight to hell or over a clift.

    •  Sigh*... (0+ / 0-)

      ...YOU should've written my diary!  B^)

      Thanks for your excellent commentary.  What's cool is how a simple idea like this can explode into a universe of meaning.

      •  No, thank you for the diary (0+ / 0-)

        I love proverbs, old sayings and symbolism. They add interest to life and there is so much wisdom in them. They add spice to life.

        There is another old saying, that goes something like this:

        "There are many roads to China."

         You could substitute any place or goal for China.

  •  Very oriental (1+ / 0-)
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    Without the one there is no other.  

    (Or, in the physics realm - it isn't one force and then an equal and opposite force.  Forces come in pairs - they appear as equal and opposite parts of one whole.)

    Thanks for posting this.  Recommended.

    If conservatives had had their way we'd still be an English colony.

    by baba durag on Wed Mar 28, 2007 at 11:45:49 PM PDT

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