Anonymous asked: Mr. Chu;
You appear as a well travelled, wise and experienced man.
If there were one piece of sage advice you could offer to
everyone you encounter, what would that wisdom be?
This is a variation on a question I have received often. Always do I wonder if I was the man I am but born that same night in Poughkeepsie, New York (rather than Incheon Metropolitan City) whether good and polite Anonymous would also ask me (or even presume I might have sage advice to offer)
The inventor of Scrabble was a son of Poughkeepsie. G. Gordon Liddy was an Assistant District Attorney in the town and the race drive Jocko Maggiacomo (a wonderful name) came from there also. As did Edward Wood, the film director person and Kendall Francois, a serial killer who was employed as a hall monitor at Arlington Middle School.
Different answers from each I suppose would be forthcoming if personally asked. As they would from me in each year (if not each day) of my life so far. And so there is only today and today (here on the coast, and amongst ice cream and the pursuit of perfect running shoes) my thinking has been mostly concerned with these two sentences from Mister David Foster Wallace:
“That everyone is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else. That this isn’t necessarily perverse.”
In this thought there seems to reside most of the questions and answers we might require to allow us to live more peacefully in the world we find ourselves in. Wherever we may be.
I hope this is useful and thank you for your questioning.