Dear Woo Singer,
Beyond the dream and soul-stirring love
The movie “Beyond the Dream” has been in a storm of hype recently. From the Preface of the novel from which the movie was adapted, two clinical psychologists quote a quotable quote from the psychiatrist R.D. Laing:” Insanity is a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world.” Here comes a sense of helplessness and what’s left is only a sigh. What can we do, in this tumultuous time, apart from mere passivity and submission? In one of the ancient Chinese classics, “The Great Preface” to the Book of Songs, there is a saying: ”Emotion is aroused deep in one’s heart and articulated in words. Where words fall short of communicating, a sigh plays as understudy. Where even a sigh is rendered impotent, songs-singing comes to our aid. When finally even songs-singing is of no avail, gesturing and dancing become our last resort.” Words, poems, music and dancing are ways of expressing our emotions. In hard times, we’re full of emotions to be shared with friends, expressed in words, or conveyed in music and dancing. After all, our lives are not just prey to docility and feebleness.