Reading makes a full man,

conference a ready man,

writing an exact man.

·王稚登 《立冬》: 秋风吹尽旧庭柯, 黄叶丹枫客里过。 一点禅灯半轮月, 今宵寒较昨宵多。

Journal of 2003: An incomplete collection

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Time was when I kept a journal.
Here is what I had to say:
"This is to take down what I feel, what I experience, what I say …”
"First I shall state my motto, that is, ‘Value what I have, seize the minute.’…”
"Seek common ground on major issues, while reserving differences on minor ones. [This is] my principle of making friends. The two parties involved in a friendship are actually trying to do so consciously or unconsciously. When there seems to be no common ground to find and differences can’t be kept any longer, the friendship will come to an end.”
In my opinion, my success in the examination [Entrance Examination for Candidates of M.A. & M.S.] is attributed / ascribed to good luck to a great extent. From the very beginning I estimated there was little possibility of passing it. That is, I didn’t aim too high. As a result [Unsurprisingly], I felt quite satisfied when I stepped out of the testing room. It was to my great excitement that I learnt the results. At the end of March I received the notice for an interview, set from April 6 to 8. On the morning of April 8 the significant time finally came when I could know whether I would be admitted to SEU. Sunday, May 18, 2003
The other day I heard 2 distinctive opinions of what I should do the following months before I went to SEU. Zhu argued that it was certainly the time for relaxation and entertainment for I would have to force myself to be immersed in the specialized study. However, Gao held that I should make full use of time to read more related books in an attempt to facilitate my learning in SEU. After turning over the two in my mind, I decided to follow Gao’s suggestion. Action followed the next day when I borrowed a book concerning SLA from the library. May 20, 2003

[I must have been overwhelmed with mixed emotions those days.] more to come

[September 1] This morning the New Term Ceremony for Postgraduates 2003 was held in the Grand Hall.

At 9:30 we began to file into the hall, the symbol of the university. Everyone present was impressed by the imposing historic building (said to be).

At about 10, leaders and professors concerned were chaired. Then noise turned into silence. The chairman announced the ceremony open and the national anthem to be played. Standing upright, everyone listened with all attention.

Next the president, academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Gu Guanqun addressed the audience. He expressed pleasure with us newcomers, gave an account of the centinnial history of the university and introduced the present situation of SEU, and voiced his earnest hope for us.

Speeches of other teachers and students followed. In the end, the song of SEU rose. Again, we stood up in solemnity. (to be continued)

Right or Wrong?

What is right? What is wrong? What criteria can we employ to distinguish the two? There appears to be a general criterion. Generally speaking, what is acceptable by society and law is  considered right, otherwise wrong.

However, things cannot all be judged in this simple binary way. Besides a generally-accepted criterion, each of us have our own particular one. In different situations, we are likely to see a matter from quite distinctive perspectives and come to distinguished conclusions as to right or wrong. It follows naturally that a right thing in one's eyes may go wrong in another's mind.

Be it right or wrong, a heart-to-heart communication is essential and urgent when divergence arises. May 21, 2003

Make Peace with Perfection

Tonight I read an article entitled "Make Peace with Perfection". It conveys a message that I identify with.

Admittedly, life itself is not perfect. So are different aspects of our lives. Despite this, people never stop striving for perfection. Expectedly, most  attempts of this kind end in failure, which, in turn,  ushers in complaint,  puzzlement, and depression  about imperfection. Seeing this phenomenon from a different angle, we may  tentatively conclude that those  aspiring to perfection are actually trying to find what's wrong  with life, paying  scant attention to abundant wonderful things in life.

Reflect on this point: Whether or to what extent life is perfect rests largely on what attitudes we hold towards it. Life is fairly fine in the absence of our stringent judgement. Keep your mind and eyes open to beautiful things. May 22, 2003

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