Remember the gentleman that lost track of time by the side of street in Carmel, California? Well, I have another version of it, in China.
In the days when I was growing up, we tended to refer to future as the 21th Century, as if it’s somewhere far far away. With a blink of eyes, we are already more than a decade into the so-referenced Century. A visit to Xingping (兴坪), an ancient town that’s close to Guilin(桂林), China, makes me realize, maybe, some people have never been “back to the future”.
In this little room, it’d be safe to say that everywhere your eyes land, you’d see an indication of time – three calendars and one clock. And yet, history seems to refuse to leave. I mean, if Mao Zedong (毛泽东) is still around, he’d been 121-years old.
Have you heard of the story of the Mexican fisherman? In this story, an executive from America had a much grander plan for the fisherman. The problem is that according to the plan, the fisherman would find himself where he already was, after 15-20 years of “mad rat race” (my own opinion :-)). If you haven’t, you can read it here.
On my recent trip to Xingping (兴坪), China, a small fishing village near Yangshuo (阳朔), I met one fisherman. As tourism is quickly changing the world, such little gem tucked in a corner can not escape. Would people there have the wisdom to see what the Mexican fisherman saw?
It took me 16 years in “the America” to finally quit the rat race. Places as depicted in this image are still beautiful to me. Do people there see what I see? I mean, what kind of life would you choose – mad (rat race) vs. peaceful?