After a long dormant winter in Michigan, I was delighted to see a refreshing spring shower last night.
My favorite weather is rain. Not just any kind of rain. I used to love thunderstorms on Shanghai’s steamy summer afternoons. Rain pounded heavily on the windows. Huge tree trunks bent at the force of the gusty wind. The heat vaporized in an instant. Sometimes the rumbling thunders were so close as if it would split the top of our roof. But I was never shaken by them. Curled up on a bamboo chair, I would calmly watch the power of nature in full swing.
Several years later, a friend pointed out to me the only reason I could have enjoyed these thunderstorms is because I wasn’t in the storm.
Now I feel like this is a poignant analogy to what’s happening in today’s world.
Wars, fights, bombs ... became part of our everyday vocabulary, as news breaks out and being syndicated 24 x 7. Situations are being analyzed by commentators, analysts and consultants over and over. But who are these people to judge the wars? They are not part of it. Ask those who are suffering, those who will likely die tomorrow or those who are simply dying inside.
A fellow language learner once expressed hopefulness that learning languages will increase communication and understanding among countries. I would like to believe him and believe language and culture exchanges can make a difference somewhere . Is this only his wishful thinking? Are we too naive?
I am just a casual blogger who is neither interested in history nor politics. But if we human beings ever learn something from history, how come our politics never seem to make sense?
I feel lucky that I will be able to wake up and see May flowers that these April showers will bring. Life is good for me.