May You Live in Interesting Times
Updated: Jun 10
The first time I heard this supposed Chinese curse was from my future husband. We were sitting around his fireplace talking about his experiences in Vietnam, a good friend of his who had been kidnapped and sold, a wild dog attack in Iran. Then he asked if I had ever heard the expression, "May you live in interesting times." I said it sounded like a blessing a guest would give to the bride and groom. But the word "interesting" can be tricky. "The expression is irony, really", he said. We all would prefer to live in peaceful times. Enter the year 2020, for example.
Hunter S. Thompson, writer and founder of Gonzo journalism, once said, "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. May we all "turn pro" during these interesting times.