Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Chinese Lesson (1) - 山人仙谷俗

人: man; person; people.
山: mountain; hill.
仙: immortal; god; divine; heavenly.

人 + 山 = 仙. Therefore, to be immortal and divine, a man needs to go deep into the mountain, away from the material world.

人: man; person; people.
谷: grain, corn, harvest.
俗: worldly, materialistic, vulgar.

人 + 谷 = 俗.  So, a man who eats is bound to be worldly, materialistic, or even vulgar.  The more he eats or the more harvest he keeps, the more vulgar he will be.

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