13. 10. 2019    ISSUE 22


Dear readers,

It is heartbreaking to see the entire generation of our adolescents may be exterminated in the unprecedented political turmoil of this city.  Their personal safety, mental health, family relationship, career prospect and holistic growth are almost on the brink of collapse.  In fact, the situation of our home is increasingly chaotic and appears to be out of control.  Many of us are looking for answers but in this time of deep polarisation, no one knows how the crisis can be resolved and when the social unrest will end.  The days of Hong Kong taking pride in being one of the safest cities in the world are gone.  Violent clashes among people of different views have become the new normal.

I am sorry for my exclusive feeling that the recent rampages have turned the surroundings of us into a war zone.  Many precious lives hurt.  It makes me think of "The End and the Beginning" of Wisława Szymborska.   Its translation from the Polish by Joanna Trzeciak reads:

After every war someone has to clean up.
Things won't straighten themselves up, after all.

Someone has to push the rubble to the sides of the road,
so the corpse-laden wagons can pass.

Someone has to get mired in scum and ashes,
sofa springs, splintered glass, and bloody rags.

Someone must drag in a girder to prop up a wall.
Someone must glaze a window, rehang a door.

Photogenic it's not, and takes years.
All the cameras have left for another war.

Again we'll need bridges and new railway stations.
Sleeves will go ragged from rolling them up.

Someone, broom in hand, still recalls how it was.
Someone listens and nods with unsevered head.
Yet others milling about already find it dull.

From behind the bush sometimes someone still unearths
rust-eaten arguments and carries them to the garbage pile.

Those who knew what was going on here must give way to those who know little.
And less than little.  And finally as little as nothing.

In the grass which has overgrown causes and effects,
someone must be stretched out, blade of grass in his mouth, gazing at the clouds.

People always focus on either victory or defeat in the war, as the glory of the chief of state and the troop's retreat have commonly been in the limelight.  The aftermath, especially the reconstruction, are seldom recollected.

Whether the finale of the present movement is an all-win situation or a zero-sum game, the destruction that "war" entails should be rebuilt.  I never regard sorting through the debris as a thankless job.  And more importantly, we are obligated to breathe new life into our adolescents.  They deserve profuse love after the ordeal.

Sincerely yours,

Irene Ng
I·CARE Centre for Whole-person Development


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Outstanding Performance Awards for Students of I·CARE Programme

I·CARE Theatre 2019: Updated Screening Schedule

I·CARE Cross-generational Integration Programme: Recruitment of Organising Committee Members

I·CARE Social Service Projects Scheme: Training Activities

I·CARE Blood Donation Day - Combining Help-giving with Self-relaxation

I·CARE Hong Kong Cultural Tours Project: Recruitment of Members

My Rethink about the Current Situation from a Perspective of Political Philosophy

Mother Nature Rocks (1st Tour): Open for Enrolment

Value Exploration Activities under the I·CARE Achievers Programme

"Fitness x Mentorship" Scheme: Experiential Activities

A Walk in Community with I·CARE (2nd Session)

CUSE Fund Award Presentation Ceremony cum Briefing on Social Enterprise Startup Scheme

"Remembering Charles" Exhibition: Period Extended

Yunus Social Business Seminar 2019

S.I. Leadership Award Presentation Ceremony cum Briefing on Social Innovation Activities

I·CARE at Art Fair

Event Calendar


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