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Tuesday, 08 November 2011 13:34

Short Animation: Bot

In a godless world ruled solely by chaos, there may be forms of companionship that we do not fully comprehend, however, this lack of comprehension does not make them any less beautiful. We often come across people engaged in things that we find monotonous or pointless, like Sisyphus of legend, for us they seem to lack a raison d'etre or objective except that of habit, just like the way one might feel about the robot in this short film. We're not sure why he insists on protecting the life of this flower, which blooms on a mostly barren planet. His perseverance leads him only to be flung from the planet by a passing asteroid to another corner of the universe. In a universe without rules, without a master, where can we find meaning in our lives? The perseverance of this robot despite the indifference of the universe around him puts one in mind of Song Rongzi from Zhuangzi's Enjoyment in Untroubled Ease:

"Though the whole world might praise him, he would not for that have stimulated himself to greater endeavour, and though the whole world might condemn him, he would not have exercised any more restraint in his course"

Or for readers in mainland China (please excuse the advertisement at the start)

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Tuesday, 08 November 2011 11:12

At the Chinese Pharmacy

It is a dark and humid Friday night, we are wandering around Sanchong, a district of Taipei when we encounter Mr. Wu, the owner of a traditional Chinese Medicine shop.

"What are you doing here," he says. 
"Oh, just taking in the atmosphere of Sanchong."


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