A little Confucius to signal my return to blogging.
As the Sage says,”When a friend comes from far away, would a “gentleman” not be happy? ” In this day of internet and email, friends get swept away in both time and distance. But I am happy to say that in the last 24 hours, I have found two long-lost friends from China in my email inbox.
One my Fudan University roommate, Wang G., who I corresponded with through business school. But then in one move or another I lost touch with. So, out of the blue, I get an email from now Professor Wang who is teaching Chinese language and literature at a university in the southeast of the US. Running around all day today, and a little apprehensive. What do you say after 15 years?
The second a friend from my days in Chicago. Craig W. was a grad student at the U of C in something suitably U of C esoteric (for those from California, U of C here is in Hyde Park, not Berkeley). But one of the most genuinely “gentlemanly” individuals I have ever known. Hence the leap to the Analects. Craig shows up in my inbox through another old friend who I have neglected but knew how to find me. So, on my email I get this mobile photo of my friends in a restaurant in Beijing where they were playing the game – “Do you know…??
What does it mean? I have always been a secret believer in signs and augurs. If truth be told I buy Vanity Fair every month, not for the stories, not for the photos, but for the horoscope.
Not sure of the significance, but it is always gratifying that you have left good feelings among people you loved and respected along the way. So much so that they remember you fondly enough to not dismiss you 10 or 15 years later. As for bigger signs, well I definitely feel the draw of Asia swelling again. And maybe finding these threads from China converging is not just happenstance. We’ll see!