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The search for paradise
Malaysia is not paradise. Despite the heavenly food, the tropical weather, and the easygoing attitude. This is far from what one would describe as a paradise. It's got it's issues and it's exotic, frustrating and uncomfortable at times.
Where is paradise, can it even be found. Heaven is different from paradise. Heaven is easier to define, heaven is knowing that you're in the presence of God.
Is paradise a luxury hotel resort in an exotic place? What exactly makes Hawaii more of a paradise than, say Columbus Ohio. Or maybe they're right, paradise is a state of mind, and based on who you are, it's a personal thing. Perhaps paradise for me is being home, being loved.
There was an article in Time Magazine Asia, about what paradise looks like in Asia. And from a western point of view, why Tibet, Thailand, and Bali, stretching out to the islands of the South pacific, only to end in Hawaii. Why they've been thought of as Paradise, even though one can go there. Is it the rich exotic culture? that appeals so much to westerners. There's somthing both for critics and admirers of "all things Asian." Angry asian man can complain about the stereotypes, and
You can't find paradise in books. Although they may show you the path. Read Paradise Lost, the Milton's interpretation, James Hilton's Lost Horizon. Even the story about The Beach, an Alex Gartand novel, which turned inot an
I'm reminded of the people in Madmax. Who fully knowing that their world is fallen, and not really sure that on the other end of the road there really exists the place they can only imagine. They believe in it, simply because to the key to their survival, the key to them being able to exist, in the wreched wasteland, was that someday, they would eventually reach that place.
The conclusion is that paradise isn't to be found in a guide book, or even if someone tells you about some secret place. Once you think you found it, it's gone... Or once you touch it, you've spoiled it, and it's no longer Paradise. So if it is so etheral that you can't even go near it does it really exist.
Time magazine defines the quest for paradise as follows:
October 1, 2004