[In ancient China, “song was how the government found out what the people were thinking.” – Eliot Weinberger]
What the peasants are singing – listen … is it happy? Do they praise the husbandman and the harvest? Do they rejoice in their wives and children? Do they express profound gratitude to the Emperor and bless the order of things?
Or – or are the songs just too happy – sung all too often? Is there a hint of irony here, a subtle discontent with our rule?
Should we take action?
[the author at the Great Falls Book Festival:]