To love writing is to love possibilities. I love possibilities. Most of all, I love to explore possibilities to make life itself larger-than-life. In a world full of lies and conspiracy theories, truth seems but a shadow. If you look at something and say you’ve found truth, you probably haven’t. According to some, truth never exists here and now or existed in the past, nor at a certain point in the future. They say we can only choose to believe something to feel better. Nevertheless, there is still one way to know truth and that is to know God, the only being that transcends time, space and all knowledge there is. Since God is immeasurable, I can only try to know Him, thus to get at truth, by exploring possibilities, hence the reason I love writing. The more I write, the closer I am to truth.
The story I tell in the following pages is both alarming and ordinary, fictional and factual. The father and the son are in a family that seems to be condemned for immorality involved that hurts both the father and the son, and his siblings. The son has every reason to curse his fate and to blame others and especially his parents for giving him such a hell of a family. He is wise enough choosing to work hard instead. His challenging fate and working his way up the social ladder, however, do not give him the thing he needs most to relieve his angst, so his quest continues until the turning point comes.
It’s harder to get this work of mine published than to write it for me, although both are difficult for a Taiwanese who has never been to English-speaking countries. My teachers Professor Wang Wen-shing of National Taiwan University and Dr. Brian David Phillips of National Cheng Chi University, inspired me and kindled my interest in appreciating and writing stories in English, to whom I owe my heartfelt thanks, now and forever. I am also grateful for the love and support of my family and colleagues, who empowered me a lot when I was drafting and rewriting the novel. Above all, glory to God, who always loves me and gives me so much in life.