變幻漸漸

一直也記得這篇短訪問, 一個即將六十歳的女人,她是一名資深瑜珈導師。二十歳的她教Aerobic 為生, 當年$30 /一小時, 出街吃飯,簡簡單單也只是$8。 二十歲的她,不斷地教Aerobic, 她希望三十歲時能有自己物業,可以退休。 三十歲的她真的擁有自己的屋,真的退休。 退休了三年,投資失利,她唯有重出江湖,繼續教Aerobic。 Aerobic 不再成為潮流時,她就教Fitball, Kick Boxing, Belly Dance 等,潮流是什麼,她就教什麼。今時今日,Yoga 就是潮流,她就在教Yoga。她說這麼多年,她覺得Aerobic 沒有改變,她還是在教Aerobic, Aerobic 一直也在,只是形態不同,Aerobic 變成了Yoga。

她這麼一說,我好像突然恍悟什麼。是的,有時自己置身於時代變幻而不察覺。變幻原是永恆但又總是慢慢的,像在旋轉餐廳吃飯一樣,踏着的地是多麼的實在,實情是慢慢在轉。你慢慢的嚼,而窗外風景慢慢在變。 如果你沒有留意窗外風景,你簡直不會察覺窗外的景色實是每秒在轉。

大約二十年前,還是一個見習生,那項目就是幫一所著名大學研究上缐學習,遙距學位的可能性,當時又有一大堆大師級theories作支持, 引證不可能或條件並不成熟。 二十年後的今天,Zoom, Google Meet等成為疫情中的缐上學習媒介。 疫情變成時代加速器,令缐上學習的因緣果實一下成熟起來。

世界原是變幻,又一切變幻莫測。 如今上線學習也成趨勢,上線購物也只屬生活瑣事,差不多每個家庭也曾上線購物。 前幾天,大學時期的日本朋友line 我, 抱怨疫情令日本零售經濟收縮,她老闆迫她要做網上直播,把商品推銷出去。能操英語,國語,日語,少許法語的她,要對着鏡頭擠出興奮的表情。 鏡頭內外的秒變心態,令她懷疑人生。
「原來還是要面對鏡頭幫人推銷垃圾貨品,那我唸什麼書?早該去整容,隆胸,我推銷我自己,甘心命扺,不過自己不是青春,一下美容針,受不了,即死。即死也不要緊,要上死因庭,登上全日本報紙,還不好意思。」
我同意 「死後點擊率才高更不抵!你在什麼網做直播? 我想看 」 :p

看到她很 kawaii 地在鏡頭前努力推銷,我也有點難以想像。 (忍笑) 並認真地回想線上購物形式真的不知何時入屋了,闖入了尋常百姓家,而且又像病毒mutate 了, 開始有直播,還有非明星主持。 我自己就不喜歡看直播,因為有點噪炒,而且形式像以前電視廣告雜誌般。 原來購物,甚至另一朋友提醒我的Shopping Therapy 一直存在。由實體店,街店,商場店,到網店,直播,YouTube KOL 等,一直也在,只是型態在變。 可能一直也有shopping, 所以此變幻,我察覺到。 (哈哈)

說起變,我想起漸。 任何變幻也是漸漸地變,像青春,像感情,像時代。「一年一年地、一月一月地、一日一日地、一時一時地、一分一分地、一秒一秒地漸進,猶如從斜度極緩的長遠的山坡上走下來,使人不察其遞降的痕跡⋯」這就是豐子愷《漸》的開頭。

慚的本質是時間。漸的角色是不留痕跡地將事物在時間星河中改變。因為是不知不覺,所以萬物在變時,種種大小因緣在變,一不小心人漸漸迷失自己。 迷失了,也不要太驚慌,因為迷了的路也會出現變化。回頭一看,原來一直如此,只是形態變了。一年一年地,一月一月地,一日一日地變,日月交替,終有一天會變回自己本來的路,人的臉目。

Within Eternity, Time Passes Within Time, There Is Change

對「變幻漸漸」的想法

  1. Dear Wu Ming 無明,

    I would like to commend you for your care and effort in composing this worthy article. This is indeed one of your more serious and thought-provoking post, showing your that you have been mindful of the ramifications of the often-imperceptible changes happening all around us. There is a good degree of maturity and introspection in your approach towards the subject of gradual change (變幻漸漸).

    To give us an opportunity to appreciate and discuss about change (變更或變幻) even more deeply and from multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, I would like to refer you to my detailed analyses and extended discussions about change in the concluding section called “Conclusion: Change Rules and Moment Matters" of my very long post entitled “SoundEagle in Best Moment Award from Moment Matters".

    Not only do we have to contend with uncertainty, we also have to face oblivion and obsolescence, as the pace of social change and the increasing human population as well as information overload have caused many things to be cramped out of existence and to recede into the past, into oblivion, into historical junkyards. It would seem that even authors and artists have to build in obsolescence in their stories and characters.

    Even science and technology are not immune, given that portable computer devices are especially plagued with unresolved limitation in functionality, rapid obsolescence and problems of disposal, resulting in millions of these portable devices going to landfills and poisoning the environment every year.

    In addition, I have touched on many issues in my multipronged discussions on process philosophy (also known as processism, philosophy of organism, or ontology of becoming) in relation to change, causality, (in)determinism, metaphysical reality, stoic philosophy as well as the philosophy of space and time, in the concluding section of an extensive post called “Conclusion: Change Rules and Moment Matters" at http://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/soundeagle-in-best-moment-award-from-moment-matters/#Conclusion

    Near the end of this very long and detailed discussion, I concluded that “The ontological shift from substance (being) to process (becoming) brings the Western conception of metaphysical reality much closer to the Eastern counterparts, particularly those of Zen and Mahayana philosophy as well as various schools of Hinduism and Jainism with respect to their acceptance and contemplation of the imperfection, constant flux and impermanence of all things…"

    You are welcome to join the discussion at the said post and offer your insight, doubt, opinion or the like.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Oops, please pardon my few typos in the first paragraph of my first comment. Here is the amended version:

    I would like to commend you for your care and effort in composing this worthy article. This is indeed one of your more serious and thought-provoking posts, showing that you have been mindful of the ramifications of the often-imperceptible changes happening all around us. There is a good degree of maturity and introspection in your approach towards the subject of gradual change (變幻漸漸).

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  3. Thanks SoundEagle 前輩,thanks for your kind words, which is so encouraging, I enjoy blogging, somehow like making sense of the weird world. Glad to meet you in WP. 🙂 btw, you are a language master (Chinese & English), a code writer, poet, and you are the pianist! Wow

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    • You are very welcome, 無明. Thank you for your compliment. I would like to inform you that I am a lot more than what you described as “a language master (Chinese & English), a code writer, poet, and you are the pianist". You are invited to have a very good gauge of the number of masteries of different disciplines required to produce, for example, such a post as my latest one published at https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2020/12/19/misquotation-pandemic-and-disinformation-polemic-mind-pollution-by-viral-falsity/

      I shall be very interested to get a good sense of what you think of my latest post if you would be so kind as to leave a comment there after perusing the post.

      In addition, you can obtain a very clear sense of the range of my interests and disciplinary backgrounds by visiting and reading my “About" page.

      In conclusion, I am very glad to have been acquainted with you, and to know that you are also a deep thinker in your own way, as evidenced by this post of yours entitled “變幻漸漸".

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        • Dear Wu Ming 無明,

          Merry Christmas to you too! I shall await your leaving comments on my “About page" and on the post entitled “https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2020/12/19/misquotation-pandemic-and-disinformation-polemic-mind-pollution-by-viral-falsity/", since I am keen to find out your thoughts and feedback after reading them.

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        • Dear Wu Ming 無明,

          I know that you enjoy blogging very much, and I hope that some of my blog posts and pages may bring you some new ideas and fresh insights about thinking, writing and blogging, regardless of what languages (Chinese or English) we choose to use.

          Once you have finished commenting, if you really like to read how SoundEagle deals with Chinese poem and history, then there is this post called “💨 Strong Wind Knows Tough Grass 🌾 疾風知勁草" published at https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2020/11/11/strong-wind-knows-tough-grass/

          Also, this said post can demonstrate to you how SoundEagle translates Chinese into English.

          Please enjoy and I love to know what you think of SoundEagle’s understanding of the poem as well as the history, plus what the poem can teach us in our modern world.

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  4. When I first submitted the long comment, it got through. Then within a minute, it disappeared. How strange!

    Here it is again with the first paragraph amended:

    I would like to commend you for your care and effort in composing this worthy article. This is indeed one of your more serious and thought-provoking posts, showing that you have been mindful of the ramifications of the often-imperceptible changes happening all around us. There is a good degree of maturity and introspection in your approach towards the subject of gradual change (變幻漸漸).

    To give us an opportunity to appreciate and discuss about change (變更或變幻) even more deeply and from multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, I would like to refer you to my detailed analyses and extended discussions about change in the concluding section called “Conclusion: Change Rules and Moment Matters" of my very long post entitled “SoundEagle in Best Moment Award from Moment Matters".

    Not only do we have to contend with uncertainty, we also have to face oblivion and obsolescence, as the pace of social change and the increasing human population as well as information overload have caused many things to be cramped out of existence and to recede into the past, into oblivion, into historical junkyards. It would seem that even authors and artists have to build in obsolescence in their stories and characters.

    Even science and technology are not immune, given that portable computer devices are especially plagued with unresolved limitation in functionality, rapid obsolescence and problems of disposal, resulting in millions of these portable devices going to landfills and poisoning the environment every year.

    In addition, I have touched on many issues in my multipronged discussions on process philosophy (also known as processism, philosophy of organism, or ontology of becoming) in relation to change, causality, (in)determinism, metaphysical reality, stoic philosophy as well as the philosophy of space and time, in the concluding section of an extensive post called “Conclusion: Change Rules and Moment Matters" at http://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/soundeagle-in-best-moment-award-from-moment-matters/#Conclusion

    Near the end of this very long and detailed discussion, I concluded that “The ontological shift from substance (being) to process (becoming) brings the Western conception of metaphysical reality much closer to the Eastern counterparts, particularly those of Zen and Mahayana philosophy as well as various schools of Hinduism and Jainism with respect to their acceptance and contemplation of the imperfection, constant flux and impermanence of all things…"

    You are welcome to join the discussion at the said post and offer your insight, doubt, opinion or the like.

  5. Hello! When I first submitted the long comment, it got through. Then within a minute, it disappeared. How strange!

    Here it is again with the first paragraph amended:

    I would like to commend you for your care and effort in composing this worthy article. This is indeed one of your more serious and thought-provoking posts, showing that you have been mindful of the ramifications of the often-imperceptible changes happening all around us. There is a good degree of maturity and introspection in your approach towards the subject of gradual change (變幻漸漸).

    To give us an opportunity to appreciate and discuss about change (變更或變幻) even more deeply and from multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, I would like to refer you to my detailed analyses and extended discussions about change in the concluding section called “Conclusion: Change Rules and Moment Matters" of my very long post entitled “SoundEagle in Best Moment Award from Moment Matters".

    Not only do we have to contend with uncertainty, we also have to face oblivion and obsolescence, as the pace of social change and the increasing human population as well as information overload have caused many things to be cramped out of existence and to recede into the past, into oblivion, into historical junkyards. It would seem that even authors and artists have to build in obsolescence in their stories and characters.

    Even science and technology are not immune, given that portable computer devices are especially plagued with unresolved limitation in functionality, rapid obsolescence and problems of disposal, resulting in millions of these portable devices going to landfills and poisoning the environment every year.

    In addition, I have touched on many issues in my multipronged discussions on process philosophy (also known as processism, philosophy of organism, or ontology of becoming) in relation to change, causality, (in)determinism, metaphysical reality, stoic philosophy as well as the philosophy of space and time, in the concluding section of an extensive post called “Conclusion: Change Rules and Moment Matters" at http://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/soundeagle-in-best-moment-award-from-moment-matters/

    Near the end of this very long and detailed discussion, I concluded that “The ontological shift from substance (being) to process (becoming) brings the Western conception of metaphysical reality much closer to the Eastern counterparts, particularly those of Zen and Mahayana philosophy as well as various schools of Hinduism and Jainism with respect to their acceptance and contemplation of the imperfection, constant flux and impermanence of all things…"

    You are welcome to join the discussion at the said post and offer your insight, doubt, opinion or the like.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Hello Wu Ming 無明,

    When I first submitted the long comment, it got through. Then within a minute, it disappeared. How strange!

    Here it is again with the first paragraph amended:

    I would like to commend you for your care and effort in composing this worthy article. This is indeed one of your more serious and thought-provoking posts, showing that you have been mindful of the ramifications of the often-imperceptible changes happening all around us. There is a good degree of maturity and introspection in your approach towards the subject of gradual change (變幻漸漸).

    To give us an opportunity to appreciate and discuss about change (變更或變幻) even more deeply and from multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, I would like to refer you to my detailed analyses and extended discussions about change in the concluding section called “Conclusion: Change Rules and Moment Matters" of my very long post entitled “SoundEagle in Best Moment Award from Moment Matters".

    Not only do we have to contend with uncertainty, we also have to face oblivion and obsolescence, as the pace of social change and the increasing human population as well as information overload have caused many things to be cramped out of existence and to recede into the past, into oblivion, into historical junkyards. It would seem that even authors and artists have to build in obsolescence in their stories and characters.

    Even science and technology are not immune, given that portable computer devices are especially plagued with unresolved limitation in functionality, rapid obsolescence and problems of disposal, resulting in millions of these portable devices going to landfills and poisoning the environment every year.

    In addition, I have touched on many issues in my multipronged discussions on process philosophy (also known as processism, philosophy of organism, or ontology of becoming) in relation to change, causality, (in)determinism, metaphysical reality, stoic philosophy as well as the philosophy of space and time, in the concluding section of an extensive post called “Conclusion: Change Rules and Moment Matters" at https://wp.me/pkM63-zO/#Conclusion

    Near the end of this very long and detailed discussion, I concluded that “The ontological shift from substance (being) to process (becoming) brings the Western conception of metaphysical reality much closer to the Eastern counterparts, particularly those of Zen and Mahayana philosophy as well as various schools of Hinduism and Jainism with respect to their acceptance and contemplation of the imperfection, constant flux and impermanence of all things…"

    You are welcome to join the discussion at the said post and offer your insight, doubt, opinion or the like.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. For example, I submitted a very long comment to mynewchapterinlife’s post entitled “ABRSM Performance Grade Exam Online Booking ABRSM 英國皇家音樂學院表演評級考試網上預約" as shown below. The comment later disappeared. I did not bring the matter up with mynewchapterinlife because I don’t know him as well as I know you. You are very welcome to notify mynewchapterinlife that my comment submitted to his said post is as follows:

    Dear mynewchapterinlife,

    From reading this excellent bilingual post and your other one entitled “ABRSM Practical Exam Updates ABRSM術科考試最新安排", I am delighted to discover that you have been paying such an unstinting care towards your son’s musical education. You ought to be highly commended! Do you play the piano or other musical instruments yourself?

    I would like to wish your son all the best in his preparations for ABRSM Grade 8 Piano Practical Examination (英國皇家音樂學院八級鋼琴術科考試).

    I also wonder what piano pieces he has been preparing for the exam.

    Speaking of British musicians, I would like to inform you that I have known Professor Stephen Savage since 1993 at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (formerly the Queensland Conservatorium of Music). One of his ex-students, David Pitman, as well as his colleagues Professor Stephen Emmerson, had performed my Second Piano Sonata as a whole and in part respectively, as featured in my post entitled “🎼🎹—THE—🎹—LAST—🎹—RAG—🎹🎵🎶" at http://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2020/04/12/the-last-rag/

    Other musical connections that I have are that one of Edward Elgar’s students taught the late Alan Lane, who is not only the father of the acclaimed pianist Piers Lane (an ex-student of Nancy Weir) but also one of my esteemed music theory teachers at the Queensland Conservatorium. In other words, I am both delighted and grateful to know and realize that in my case, the pedagogical line of teacher-student educational influence and musical connection can reach back all the way to the British composer Elgar and beyond, just as I have now found the musical connections between us through our respective websites and your son’s exam preparations.

    I look forward to reading more of your articles. It is wonderful that your son, a diligent piano student, is tackling grade 8 and working towards being an even better pianist and musician. As we maintain spatial distancing and stay home to avoid contracting and spreading the coronavirus, and as we “adapt specific skills, to make them relevant to the repertoire we are currently working on", please kindly allow me the pleasure to entertain you and your family with a bespoke poem and music recently published in the aforementioned multimedia post entitled 🎼🎹—THE—🎹—LAST—🎹—RAG—🎹🎵🎶, where the featured composition can be enjoyed and studied in multiple formats available to you as the audio playbacks, music visualization, the video captures of score with music, and the gallery of score sheets. Please enjoy them all to your heart’s content and I look forward to your giving me a detailed feedback there!

    Happy Sunday!

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  8. 妳是說:「漸」的本質是時間?
    總監之前跟我說,我跟他當初認識的奧斯卡小姐不一樣了。 我想,我們自身的變化從來沒有停息。 我們和時代,我們和環境,我們和時間,一直在改變。
    無明如何適應改變呢? 看到改變而迎向前,無明是什麼感覺呢?

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      • 妳的一聲「無奈」是最佳註解~ ^^
        好呀! 反正變來變去,真心不會變~ 船上慢慢飄搖前進。
        心中靈性的體會如一,無論如何變化,那份如一不會動搖,這就是珍貴的「knowing」。 知道,什麼也不必做,它已經自己完成了。
        共勉~

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