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| 5. The Weak are Meat, The Strong Eat.|
7. Stay Strong / Iron Will
適者生存 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for "survival of the fittest."
絕處逢生 is a Chinese proverb/idiom that talks of coming back from death's door, or an unexpected rescue from danger.
Figuratively, this can be to recover from a seemingly impossible situation, or to find a way out of a predicament.
If you have survived from a near-death experience, or serious illness, this might be an appropriate wall scroll for you.
生存 means "to survive." In some context, it can mean survival, to live, to exist or existence.
生存 is not a common selection for a wall scroll but a lot of people search for this term, so I added it to the database.
This Japanese and Chinese proverb literally means, "The weak are meat; the strong eat" or "The weak are prey to the strong."
The closest English version is, "Survival of the fittest." It also fits with the ideas of, "predatory behavior," or "The law of the jungle."
生存者 is how survivor is written in Japanese. 生存者 is a strange selection for a wall scroll in Japanese culture, so take that into consideration before you choose this for your calligraphy artwork.
鉄心石腸 is a Japanese proverb which suggest you should have the inner-strength and will as hard and steadfast as iron. It's the Japanese way to say, "stay strong." 鉄心石腸 is an especially uplifting thing to say to a person in distress or recovering from a disaster. It's kind of the survivor's creed.
If you literally translate this, it means, "iron will, stone guts" or "iron heart, rock-hard bowels."
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Survival||幸存||xìng cún / xing4 cun2 / xing cun / xingcun||hsing ts`un / hsingtsun / hsing tsun|
|Survival of the Fittest||適者生存|
|teki sha sei zon|
|shì zhě shēng cún
shi4 zhe3 sheng1 cun2
shi zhe sheng cun
|shih che sheng ts`un
shih che sheng tsun
|Return From Death’s Door||絕處逢生|
|jué chǔ féng shēng
jue2 chu3 feng2 sheng1
jue chu feng sheng
|chüeh ch`u feng sheng
chüeh chu feng sheng
|The Weak are Meat, The Strong Eat.||弱肉強食||jaku niku kyoo shoku|
jaku niku kyo shoku
|ruò ròu qiáng shí
ruo4 rou4 qiang2 shi2
ruo rou qiang shi
|jo jou ch`iang shih
jo jou chiang shih
|xìng cún zhě
xing4 cun2 zhe3
xing cun zhe
|hsing ts`un che
hsing tsun che
|Survivor||生存者||sei zon sha|
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
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All of our calligraphy wall scrolls are handmade.
When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.
Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up by a week or two for $10!
When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.
The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.
Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.
There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.
Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.
The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.
Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.
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