Every new thing is worn out and exhausted, and people are accustomed to it. I am no exception ─ recently I bought a brand-new cell phone, but I bet I will lose interest in it after a few days. However, unlike the normal process ─ being attracted to the new and getting bored with it ? I feel like I have not become used to the title as a head editor, even though six months have passed! Frankly speaking, if someone asks me to be in charge of The Argus for another term, I will not be able to say yes on the nail. I might have to think over and over. I am always thankful for my belief that this place helped me grow both personally and professionally, but I wonder what The Argus would look like when led by someone else, other than me. I want to watch it from afar.
There are a lot of seniors in The Argus and they are very interested in it. Even those who left the school decades ago are still fond of The Argus and willingly take part in the events held by the alumni association; they seem delighted when we reach out to them. I assume this is because they have some kind of attraction to the old. The memories collected at The Argus, whether happy or strenuous, must have influenced their lives in some way. It is natural to be attracted to their home ─ where all the experiences which build up their way of thinking and way of life were possible.
I myself will also be back in The Argus on occasion, reminiscing about old memories. It is comforting that there will always be a familiar place to go back and visit, though The Argus was, ironically, a springboard that made me ready to step into a new world to be unfolded ahead of me.
The cover story dealt with some neighborhoods in Seoul which show a constant cycle of the old giving birth to the new, and the new giving fresh energy to the old. The reporters ultimately indicate that this cycle resembles “life.” The old, the young, seniors and juniors ─ they all have something to learn from each other. And the past events affect the future in an unpredictable way.
An idiom “Wen Gu Zhi Xin” advices people to review the past if they want to grasp something about the future. I hope readers will not belittle their old memories and lead themselves to a healthy new year where old things are properly harmonized with the new.