I am here to speak on . It is a great topic, and I am going to make myasas possible. But you know that this cannot be done, for when anyone announces that he is going to speak his mind freely, everyone is . This shows that there is no such thing as true freedom of speech. No one can afford to let his neighbors know what he is thinking about them.can exist only on the basis that there is some amount of polished lying and that no one says exactly what he thinks. .
I like , but it is too young. I like , but it is too . So I like best of all , because its leaves are a little yellow, its tone mellower, its colours richer, and it is tinged a little withand a premonition of . Its golden richness speaks not of theof spring, nor of theof summer, but of the mellowness and of approaching age. It knows the limitations ofand is . From aof those limitations and its richness ofemerges a symphony of colours, richer than all, its green speaking of life and , its orange speaking of golden content and its purple of resignation and death. .
I am doing my best totheor vagabond. II shall succeed. For things are not soas they sometimes seem. In this present age of threats toand individual , probably only the scamp and theof the scamp alone will save us from being lost in serially numbered units in the masses of disciplined, obedient, regimented and uniformed coolies. The scamp will be the last and most formidableof . He will be the champion of and, and will be the last to be conquered. All moderndepends entirely upon him. .
A reasonable naturalist then settles down to thiswith a sort of animal satisfaction. As Chinese illiterate women put it, "Others gaveto us and we give birth to others. What else are we to do?".... Life becomes a biological procession and the very question of immortality is sidetracked. For that is the exact feeling of a Chinese grandfather holding his grandchild by the hand and going to the shops to buy some candy, with the thought that in five or ten years he will be returning to his grave or to his ancestors. The best that we can hope for in this life is that we shall not have sons and grandsons of whom we need to be ashamed. .
One can learn such a lot and enjoy such a lot in seventy years, and three generations is a long, long time to see human follies and acquire human wisdom. Anyone who is wise and has lived long enough to witness the changes of fashion and morals and politics through the rise and fall of three generations should be perfectly satisfied to rise from his seat and go away saying, "It was ashow," when the curtain falls. .
How many of us are able to distinguish between the odors of noon and midnight, or of winter and summer, or of a windy spell and a still one? If man is so generally lessin the cities than in the country, it is because all these variations and nuances of sight and smell and sound are less clearly marked and lost in the general monotony of gray walls and cement pavements. .
If the early Chinese people had any chivalry, it was manifested not toward women and children, but toward old people. That feeling of chivalry found clear expression inin some such saying as, "The people with gray hair should not be seen carrying burdens on the street," which was expressed as the final goal of good government. .
By association with nature's enormities, a man'smay truly grow big also. There is a way of looking upon a landscape as a moving picture and being satisfied with nothing less big as a moving picture, a way of looking upon tropic clouds over the horizon as the backdrop of a stage and being satisfied with nothing less big as a backdrop, a way of looking upon the mountain forests as a private garden and being satisfied with nothing less as a private garden, a way of listening to the roaring waves as a concert and being satisfied with nothing less as a concert, and a way of looking upon the mountain breeze as an air-cooling system and being satisfied with nothing less as an air-cooling system. So do we become big, even as the earth and firmaments are big. Like the "Big Man" described by Yuan Tsi (A.D. 210-263), one of China's first romanticists, we "live in heaven and earth as our house." .
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