Sunday, September 9, 2007

Useful Advice

This is a sign I saw on a lobby wall in Chengdu. I have no idea what it's supposed to mean -- it wasn't near a door or an intersection of anything like that. But what useful advice that would be if only we could all live up to it! Think of all the bad relationships, dull conversations, and toxic marriages that could have been prevented.

Food for thought.


opus2 said...

it really is much more poetic in English :).. but just so's you know, the Chinese merely says: Mind your head.

Michael Swanwick said...

Thank you! I prefer my deliberate misinterpretation, of course.But now that I know what it means, I can see that the sign achieved its purpose. On spotting it, I immediately stopped and looked around carefully, to see if there was any clue as its meaning.

An effective sign, actually.