Chinese Curse

If you’re a reader of subject matter other than technical manuals and cereal boxes, the odds are good you’ve come across the phrase “may you live in interesting times” at some point. It’s purported to be a Chinese curse, and if you think about it, it could very well be a malediction. Some of the more horrific events in human history have certainly occurred during times of rapid change.

I got curious while contemplating this phrase, and good ol’ Wikipedia came through yet again. As usual with semi-common knowledge things, this ‘Chinese curse’ appears not to be of Chinese origin…but it still makes for some interesting reading.

According to Wikipedia, it’s one of a triad of curses of increasing severity, the other two being:

  • “May you come to the attention of those in authority” (sometimes rendered “May the government be aware of you”). This is sometimes quoted as “May you come to the attention of powerful people.” (Alternately, “important people”.)
  • “May you find what you are looking for.” This is sometimes quoted as “May your wishes be granted.”

Considering I’ve been writing essays for the American Daily Herald for the last couple of months whose main focus are politics opinion pieces, those could be downright scary.

Since I believe in never doing anything halfway, one of the first things I mean to do once this blog’s initial task succeeds and I get my mobility back is to expand the scope of the journalism I seem to have discovered an affinity for to the world outside. Of course the Krip Kam series has to accompany that, which could be more than a little perilous, given the events fast unfolding in our world.

There’s a flip side to the potential hazards…we might be on the cusp of seeing some really positive changes rather than just a new iteration of the status quo that big changes have always seemed to devolve to. The internet provides a whole new paradigm, and as such is yet untested for how it’ll help us cope with those big changes. The coming years might turn out to be a grand adventure, one I wouldn’t think of staying home to miss.

No matter what, it’s almost certain that the times ahead are going to be interesting, to say the least.

About Glenn Horowitz

I'm a 20 year civil courier pilot, retired by multiple sclerosis. From summer of 2011 until December 2013 my efforts went mostly to my first blog, Get Glenn Mobile, to raise the funds needed to convert my Honda Element for wheelchair access and end my virtual housebound confinement. This was realized just after Christmas 2013 when I was able to acquire a superb X-WAV Element, already modified for my use. Though the original goal wasn't met, what was raised, plus my Honda, plus the proceeds of the sale from my mother's car were enough to make it happen. It's an amazing story in itself! Now, after my release from homebound prison, I can augment the journalistic work I'm doing for the American Daily Herald by getting out in public, talking with people, perhaps even getting some media attention to explain why someone as disabled as I am knows these unfunded entitlement programs like Social Security and its 'disability insurance' are bogus and do more harm than good, and in fact why the whole welfare/warfare state is contrived to keep the gravy train rolling for those who benefit while they drain our resources and eat out our substance. Why 'public education' is really public INDOCTRINATION that's become a meat grinder destroying our youth and our future. Why the fiat currency foisted on us by the Federal Reserve for a hundred years has destroyed the dollar and will without doubt cause its collapse. On and on the list goes, and I want to talk with the world about these vital matters. Please visit my new blog, 'Liberty On Wheels' at if you're interested in learning more!

Posted on December 17, 2011, in General Stuff and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I really enjoyed this post. Who would have thought of these phrases (especially one and three) as curses?

    • Number Two’s easy for me of course, didja read my Mission Creepiness article over at the Herald?

      One I discussed, and Three isn’t hard to wrap your mind around at all if you put some thought into it. Think Faust or deals with the devil in general or even the unintended consequences of characters who are given what they think are their hearts’ desires in the Twilight Zone!

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