Saturday, September 23, 2006

Costus woodsonii - Scarlet spiral flag (Zingiberaceae)

I am not 100% sure about the identity of this plant but it looks like it is the costus woodsonii belonging to the ginger family. The photo was taken in the Ginger Garden of the Singapore Botanic Garden and I shall check on the label next time. Anyway, this is such a cheeky presentation that I thought that it would be good to tie up the image with what I have read recently in a book by Lin Yu Tang on "The Importance of Living" where he compares how the brains of a humorist and a theorist work. Interesting! I cannot agree more nor can I express it better. Some soul food to nourish our brains:
"Generally, a humourist keeps closer touch with facts, while theorist dwells more on ideas, and it is only when one is dealing with ideas in themselves that his thoughts get incredibly complex. The humourist, on the other hand, indulges in flashes of common sense or wit, which show up the contradictions of our ideas with reality with lightning speed, thus greatly simplifying matters. Constant contact with reality gives the humourist bounce, and also a lightness and subtley. All forms of prose, sham, learned nonsense, academic stupidity and social humbug are politely but effectively shown the door. Man becomes wise because man becomes subtle and witty. All is simple, all is clear. It is for this reason that I believe a sane and reasonable spirit, characterized by simplicity of living and thinking can be achieved only when there is a very much greater prevalence of humorous thinking."~ Lin Yu Tang in "The Importance of Living".

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