Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

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This essay was written by Huaigao QI, Vice Dean and Associate Professor of Institute of International Studies at Fudan University.

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