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June 04, 2008

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Harruy   Oosthoek

I respect Mr. Owen's Anthology but I find the question in the end of this translation a lot too general, too impersonal. I suppose Li YU to ask not "how much sorrow IS there (or EXISTS) but
- how much sorrow CAN I (Li Yu) stand, or
- how much sorrow do I HAVE TO stand, or
- how much sorrow CAN people (human beings) stand,
- or how much sorrow do human beings HAVE TO stand...
Each of these is a LOT more direct, philosophical and pertinent than the general question "how much sorrow EXISTS".

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