I was thinking of going to an outdoors interactive art event today. But for some reason, I kept having funny feelings in my stomach – what we call “worms’ warnings” in my mother tongue. So I decided to stay home. Can you imagine my surprise when I saw on the evening news that fire had broken out from one of the displays at this event and there was a casualty? I could not be more sorry for the loss, but I am glad I listened to the worms.
In Taoism, it is said that we are all born with three worms caught within us. They cannot be freed until we, the hosts, die, so they try to shorten our lives by enticing us to commit deadly sins. So, in my culture, when we get funny feelings it is believed that these worms are getting active to make bad things happen to us – we are told in folklore to be especially cautious when we get “worms’ warnings.”
Maybe these worms do not intend to warn us… in fact, they have every intention to harm us!
Nevertheless, maybe increases in their activities are good signs to watch out for possible bad things coming our way.
Maybe one way to avoid bad things happening to us is to keep a close eye on these demonic creatures within us.
Subsequent news report that an incandescent light bulb (ones that get extremely hot when lit) placed near a wooden artwork is speculated to be the origin of fire. It is also said that there were no personnel standing near this artwork, an interactive piece onto which little kids could climb, to ensure safety, nor were there any fire extinguishers readily available nearby.
I must wonder… were there no worms becoming active in the creators of this artwork (and their supervisors, as they were arts college students) when placing a heat-emitting object near highly flammable materials? And did the organizers of the event have no “worms’ warnings” when checking the premises for safety risks and considering measures to mitigate them?
Maybe there were many funny feelings felt in many of them, but they all failed to differentiate “worms’ warnings” from excitement and/or nervousness they also felt during the event.
Or maybe they interpreted the funny feelings correctly, but since nothing bad happened right away, they soon forgot and/or chose to ignore.
The deadly outbreak of fire happened on the second last day of the event.
Maybe if any one of the parties involved in the event had listened to any “worm’s warning” at any point, the little boy whose life was taken would still be breaking out in smiles.
I am just so very sad that there is no way now to examine this last “maybe.” I can only hope he rests in peace, now that all worms have exited from him.