"If the point of life is to hide, or to build some kind of safe harbor, then it’s already been redefined by fear. What I’m afraid of the most is being redefined by it."
Nicely done and a difficult piece to translate from the Chinese into similar concepts in English. Reading it I thought of life depicted as a merry-go-round where people try to grasp the brass ring, the rat race, the organization man from the 1950s, the work culture in Korea and Japan with the problem of karoshi, Marx's alienation and Durkheim's anomie, even the 1960s motto coined by Timothy Leary of tune in, turn on and drop out. These are universal themes. Each generation rediscovers them and renames them as a way of owning the idea. An inter-generational form of NIH syndrome perhaps. :P Even in ancient China there was the tradition of intellectuals leaving the capital and Confucianism behind to live in the mountains or by a river and pursue Daoism or Chan. We all hope to find meaning in life. Do you live to work or work to live?