Dragons of the East and West have captivated the imaginations of children for centuries. World folklore from Middle Ages Europe to Ancient Cathay abounds in dragon tales, from the terrifying to the sublime.
In the West, dragons were most often portrayed as the malevolent scourge of peasants and kings, only to be coaxed by a wizard mystically joined to the dragon or to be slayed by the hero knight.
In the East however, dragons are of a different nature altogether. They are the benevolent attendants to the Emperor, the keepers of ancient wisdom and power, the guardians of the people and the maintainers of balance and righteous Chi!
Our dragon to whom we sing in Ode to the Dragon is a dragon of the Eastern Sun; who inspires rhythm and song in the young, quickens the imagination and encourages the natural principles of truth, justice and kindness in all children. Our dragon is a dragon of true royalty!
Our dragon says this to anyone inspired to teach the young:
- The shortest route is not always the fastest way.
- The fastest way is not always the shortest route!
- The straight road may get you there quicker, but at the expense of the journey itself!
- Don’t compromise effectiveness in the name of efficiency!
- Go slow to go fast.
- Go the long and winding pathway. It will get you to where you are going much, much quicker.
- These are ways that endure the tests of time.
- Life and learning is a courtship! If you chase after what you want, it can only retreat. But if you become true to what you want, it will seek to be with you the days of your life!