Why Life Needs Discernment

Why do people need to write? Some people regard writing as a channel to vent their emotions, some people regard it as a weapon against loneliness and death, and some people regard writing as a summary of their life… Although Dr. Liu Jianhua is an expert in the field of news communication A scholar, but literary creation has become an inseparable part of his life. He has been working hard for many years, and “The Recognition of Life” has made him take another step forward on the way to achieve his life goals.

Today’s literature, including film and television, has a “hunger for reality”. Compared with poetry and novels, prose is more inclined to record the truth, and non-fiction has become an important reason for its popularity. The essays included in “The Recognition of Life” mainly record the author’s growth, study and work experience, spanning more than 20 years from the 1990s to the present. With the help of the “authenticity” of the prose, readers can get a glimpse of part of the author’s life trajectory: the hunger-like “robbing” in the mountains and forests with his friends in childhood, the transformation from chaotic and ignorant to studying hard, the difficulty of raising 6 children with parents wearing stars and wearing moons, the hometown The magnificent mountains and rivers, the customs and traditions that the neighbors have followed for generations…

Whether it is teaching in the countryside, working in the provincial capital or settling down in the capital, it is just a different way of life for Jianhua. Although he no longer faces the loess and his back to the sky, he works as hard as his parents and upholds the same morals ethics and principles of life. Readers can read in many articles his diligent pursuit of the ideal of life in a “Faust style”, his bold analysis of his own mental journey, his pursuit of the youth that is gradually far away, and his true temperament of still having a youthful heart after half his life away . As he grows older, his field of vision continues to expand, and the focus of his attention also expands from his own professional field to multi-disciplinary and multi-field.

In the selected articles in this book, the descriptions of relatives and hometown play an important role. It is not only the author’s personal memoir, but also a family history and hometown chronicle. Jianhua has seen and personally practiced the hard work of the lowest-level farmers. He walked out of the mountains and was unwilling to be reconciled to the arrangements of fate, which became the original source of motivation for his life. And when he really left home thousands of miles away, his hometown and relatives became the lingering origin of his life, lingering in his dreams, and his heart. In his works, there are plump lotus blood ducks, misty Qingming rain, and sudden winter snow. No matter where he starts to write, it is his hometown, the hard work of relatives in his hometown, the solemnity of ancestor worship and funeral, reunion and separation. joy and pain. The hard work of the youth was to get out of the mountains, but after going around for decades, the heart still stayed in the hometown.

Shen Congwen’s reminiscence of Xiangxi, Wang Zengqi’s congee and meal with smoke and fire, Feng Zikai’s warm record of his son and daughter’s family happiness, these are all occasionally revealed in Jianhua’s pen. In the article “Lotus Blood Duck”, he not only introduced the species of blood duck in detail, how to eat it, and the origin of the name, but also recalled the hard work of his parents in raising ducks, the custom of local people to worship ancestors and eat ducks, and the pairing of blood ducks with tenacious vitality. Contributions made to alleviating famine, the writing is exquisite and detailed, such as the voice-over of a documentary, which reads with a sense of picture and the melody of music flowing, interspersed with poems, dictionaries, prose and historical materials, adding to the article the beauty of literature and the heavy sense of history .

Different from the “light reading” and “shallow reading” popular today, Jianhua’s prose does not chant superficially, but is philosophical and speculative, giving readers space to think. Why does life need recognition? Because compared with time, life is limited, so use a pen to fight against it, solidify the untraceable time, fix the only one life, use the pen to go through the past life again, and sort out the muddled life. Whose life needs discernment? Everyone’s life needs to be recognized and spoken. No one is an isolated island. Everyone gradually understands “who I am” in the communication and collision with others, and in the “free” life choices time and time again. By recording and reflecting on the stories of people who have intersected with themselves and left deep or shallow traces in their life journey, Jianhua tries to establish a multi-dimensional reference system and establish a yardstick for self-personality positioning, so as to understand themselves more deeply and also A deeper understanding of the true meaning of life.

The writer Yu Hua once said: If there are some mysterious powers in literature, it is to allow readers to read their own feelings in works belonging to different times, different nations and different cultures, just like reading works belonging to others. You can see your own image clearly in the mirror. I believe that readers can also see their own images in “The Recognition of Life”, so the author’s hard work is worthwhile.

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