Why are Chinese characters so fascinating?

All I can really say is, I agree wholeheartedly. I am where I am today because I was utterly fascinated the first time I encountered Chinese characters, as a junior high school student.

First, they are beautiful. They are elegant and balanced. They include a lot of interesting information. For example, the other day I was discussing 或, now used as “perhaps,” but the original character for 國, nation, territory. You have 囗 the borders and _ the land, protected by 戈 a weapon. This is an ingenious way to express the concept, and tells you how they looked at a land, a territory. But 或 became used as perhaps, so they added borders outside, and you get 國.

Anyway, yes, Chinese characters are fascinating.

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