“May You Live In Interesting Times” ---- A Curse

“May You Live In Interesting Times” ---- A Curse

Beijing : China | Mar 10, 2010 at 3:40 AM PST
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China being one of the oldest civilization, has contributed immensely towards the acquisition of knowledge. The vastness of their culture and the immense know-how in various fields has made the Chinese one of the foremost races to make a beginning towards modernism.

Chinese culture has added a lot in the domain of arts and literature. In ancient times when China was at the pinnacle of advancement in all areas of science and culture, their people enjoyed a comfortable way of living; and their achievements were unparallel. This was the time when China was experiencing advancement in nearly all fields of cultural activities and experimenting with innovations and inventions, while Europe was struggling to come out of the ‘dark ages’. That was the glorious period of China when it could be said that “all the roads led to China”. The economic milieu of China helped literary activities.

Confucius (500 BC) was a great Chinese sage and philosopher whose sayings are practiced and preached in China. The world benefitted immensely from the trove of Chinese literature.

There is an interesting Chinese saying that “May you live in interesting times”, and is commonly used in China today. It is used when a Chinese does not want to see someone happy. This means that the one who utters this hopes that the other person’s life may be surrounded by worries and obstacles which may follow a person as closely as a shadow. This is a curse which is said courteously but does not sound offensive.

Interesting times, spoken in countries other than China may not carry any resentment, and one would hardly be offended.

So if someone says that to you, that person wants to see you devastated so beware!!

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