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Beijing 2008 has officially arrived. I caught less than two minutes of the opening ceremony.A?The TaiChi movement and pattern of thousands, if not hundreds, combined with the light shows and children painting in the middle of the stadiumA?was breathtakingly beautiful.

I am not an Olympics person. As a matter of fact, I have come to the opposite end of a continuum on the Olympics. When you were a ten year old, the Olympics was something that you would worship. Since then, the known corruptions of both the organizers and the atheletes had turned me away from even glancing at this thing. No matter how much the media makes it out to be, I am just not interested. I watched perhaps less than 2 minutes of theA?Olympics in Athens.

Of course, with Beijing 2008, the political issues have placed another dark cloud over the whole event. As a Chinese, I am proud of the achievement of hosting but I am ashamed of the human rights issues. As a Torontonian, I feel cheated of an Olympic but then I do not really http://www.brellawine.com/buy-cannabis-seeds-toronto/ want the city to spend money on something that is of aesthetics (look good for a few weeks but have to pay for it in the long run). Am I for really for the Olympics or against the Olympics?

Well, I think I need to learn to live with the both/and. Love it and hate it.

How so? How could I live in this kind of tension?

Perhaps, the ability of living life in a paradox is in the DNA of a Christ follower. I http://southernbend.com/uncategorized/order-antivert-medication/ am given this gift when I committed myself to Jesus.

“If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it. But if http://przegladpowszechny.pl/2018/02/14/order-panmycin-aqua/ you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will find true life.”

“Anyone who wants to be first must be last.”

I have the ability of living above contradictions. I can embrace paradox and be okay. I slowly come to understand the true meaning behind what Solomon was saying: “Eat, drink and be merry…enjoy the fruits of your labor.” It is not easy-come-easy-go philosophy but a life lived to the submission of God’s way.

Back to Beijing 2008. I should cherish the imagination and creation of the organizers. I should cheer and enjoy the performance of the atheletes. At the same time, I should lament and feel shameful of pollutions, human right issues in China. I should feel bad that Toronto is not hosting this event. I should feel stupid when one of the arguments of not wanting the Olympics in Canada is that “we could have use the money to feed the poor and take care of the homeless”. For 7 years since 2001, the city of Toronto has not progressed in solving the problem of street people and panhandlers.

Finally, I will be watching the Canadian Women Soccer team play again China tomorrow morning.

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