Saturday, November 25, 2006

Lift Your Skinny Heads Like Antennas To Heaven

This town really is beautiful. Let me rephrase that. This town was probably beautiful ten or twenty years ago, but like many cities in China, rapid development has led to loud, dirty, and overcrowded streets, polluted air, and the byproducts of unrestrained capitalism (the desperately poor hanging onto the heels of the desperately wealthy). Don't get me wrong, I believe the streets here are beautiful, but in an 'alive and intriguing' way, not in a 'majestic' way. But as you walk down the streets day after day, it's easy to let these things get you down.

At the same time, the natural beauty of this place creeps behind every building in the sky. The town is covered in some of the most beautiful mountains you've ever seen. Just above the line of the hotels and businesses, you can see mountains in every direction. If the weight of the world as you look ahead at 0° is getting you down, all you have to do is tilt your head up 30° to see the real beauty of this place.

A teacher friend and I were talking about this a few weeks ago. He said he gets so bogged down in the day-to-day things, he forgets about the beauty that surrounds him. "I always forget that all I have to do is look up", he said.

I know it's easy to get lost in the mindless routine of everyday life, the depressing job, disappointing relationships, and the ugliness of a fallen world. But please, never forget to look up.

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