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Lee Kwan Yew, Singapore and the Power of Filial Piety

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 03.26.2015 | World
Tom Doctoroff

North Americans and Europeans know that Mr. Lee orchestrated a miracle. Under his visionary watch, a backwater rump of the Malaya Federation blossomed into one of the wealthiest and most dynamic places on Earth.

China Is Closer to the Rule of Law than Ever, But...

He Jiahong | Posted 03.03.2015 | World
He Jiahong

BEIJING -- The law is not opposed to relationships; on the contrary, the law is meant to set behavioral norms and standards for them. But what this author refers to by the term guanxi is that sort of relationship that "opens doors" to "hidden paths," and this sort of guanxi goes against the spirit of the law.

Giving Up Something, Or Not Giving Up Something, for Lent

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 02.21.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

I am not suggesting that we just suppose that everyone around us can be trusted and we need not worry about our personal safety or the security of personal belongings. But I do propose giving up the practice of focusing on the faults of other people and, instead, looking for their good qualities.

Why Do We Poke Each Other in the Heart?

Ari Andersen | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion
Ari Andersen

Look at the lengths to which people have gone to force their version of reality onto others in the name of this thing we call God. Think about all the religious wars that have taken place in human history, the degree to which we have made each other suffer because we find it unacceptable that two different versions of the same thing can exist.

Xi Launches Cultural Counter-Revolution To Restore Confucianism As China's Ideology

Nathan Gardels | Posted 12.18.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

Clearly, The Analects of Confucius is for Xi's Chinese renaissance what The Little Red Book was for Mao's Cultural Revolution.

Confucius and the Age of Anxiety

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 08.18.2014 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

The Noble Person for Confucius was simply a person of moral goodness. This definition has a number of ramifications for our understanding of Confucian teachings within our own time as it is so dominated by feelings of anxiety and fear.

Follow the Cryptik Movement

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 07.09.2014 | Arts
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

The artist known as Cryptik doesn't want you to focus on the idea of the cult of personality, rather the message that we are all a united people, a collective consciousness of peoples moving in similar paths intertwined for purpose.

China Needs To Lighten Up. America Needs To Tighten Up.

Nathan Gardels | Posted 06.29.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

As governing systems, both China's autocracy and America's democracy are facing crisis. In many ways, their crises are the mirror image of each other -- and so are the solutions. To fix itself, China needs more re-politicization -- robust popular feedback and accountability to aerate its hidebound mandarinate. American democracy needs more de-politicization --stronger meritocratic, non-partisan and deliberative practices and institutions -- to escape its capture by the populist, short-term horizon of voters, organized special interests and the paralyzing gridlock of its adversarial political parties. Our two political cultures are as distinct as our economies are intertwined. Yet both have much to learn from each other's strengths as well as weaknesses. In short, China needs to lighten up; America needs to tighten up.

Radio Beijing in the Middle East

Joseph Braude | Posted 04.08.2014 | World
Joseph Braude

Like American public diplomacy efforts in the Arab world, the Confucius Institute--the franchise of Chinese educational facilities that was promoted in the Arabic CRI broadcast--also encounters opposition in some countries where it maintains a presence.

The One Belief That Ties All Religions Together

OWN | Posted 12.03.2013 | OWN

Bestselling author and TED Prize winner Karen Armstrong has conducted decades of research on the world's religions, and says there's a universal theme...

Which Zen Guru Said It: SpongeBob Or Confucius?

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 11.12.2013 | Religion

He lives in a pineapple under the sea, but SpongeBob SquarePants may be more enlightened than either you or me. Can you tell which of the quotes b...

Cherish That Guilt. It Means You Are Still Human

Jung-kyu Kim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jung-kyu Kim

My conclusion is a simple one: to restore morality to our businesses we must start by recovering our ability to feel, namely ren. As Jonah Lehrer, a writer on psychology, points out, the worst criminal is not someone who lacks moral reasoning but someone who feels unmoved by others' suffering -- the very definition of a psychopath.

Why Confucius Rejected 'Laissez-faire'

Jung-kyu Kim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Jung-kyu Kim

Why did Lao Tzu prefer laissez-faire to paternalism? For much the same reason that neoclassical economists advocate free-market capitalism: good intention distorts.

Reversing The Culture Of Greed

Jung-kyu Kim | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
Jung-kyu Kim

A culture of extreme individualism and profit-seeking has frayed our social fabric. To reverse the decline, we must discard the notion that greed is good.

Should the U.S. Attack Syria?

Steve McSwain | Posted 11.07.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Does violence ever end violence? Do we ever learn anything from it, except how to be more violent? The wisdom teachers throughout history have reminded us time and time again...

Carnival Crew Melting Pots: Mexicans, South Africans not "us"

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 10.10.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Carnivals are melting pots of ethnicity, with Mexicans and South Africans leading the way. The globalization of world's labor force hasn't left out carnivals.

The Confucian in the World: Neither Rustic Nor Pedant

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 10.09.2013 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

It is easy to understand Confucius' critique of too much raw nature. As he responded to the political chaos of the period in which he lived by suggesting the necessity of a return to the teachings of the ancient sages through learning, he also faced an opponent in those who sought to simply escape the turmoil of the age.

Partisanship: A Confucian Perspective

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 08.10.2013 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

Never a day passes, it seems, without some new level of partisanship as front-page news. Its effects, as we all know, are nothing short of derailing the very capacity of the government to carry out its most fundamental responsibilities.

Confucian Thoughts On Aging

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

The Master said, "The filial piety of nowadays means the support of one's parents. But dogs and horses are able to do something in the way of support; without reverence, what is there is distinguish the one support given from the other?"

Something America and China Could Do Together

Robert Fuller | Posted 06.29.2013 | World
Robert Fuller

The greatest threats to China and America come not from each other, but from flaws in their own systems of governance. Chinese and Americans alike are burdened by political systems that are not keeping pace with the times.

Sitting By A Friend: Confucius On Tragedy

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 06.17.2013 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

May we take these words to heart and in our own small ways practice the empathy, the true care for others, the world so desperately needs in this hour.

Confucius Say, 'YOLO!'

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

The goal is the fulfillment of a life of learning such that one comes to accord with the Way of Heaven, not in some eschatological point beyond life, but within one's life itself. And what of the afterlife? Simply of no concern and thus no articulation.

Winter Solstice: A Confucian View

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

Where world religions are often seen to incorporate the metaphor of darkness and light, little has been considered of a Confucian view of darkness and light or the nadir of light at Winter Solstice.

Confucian Thoughts On Nature

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 01.14.2013 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

Even a tradition such as Confucianism, as focused upon societal and familial obligations, duties and responsibilities as it was, still saw the value of Nature as a deep and profound source for the learning and transformation of the individual.

Confucius On Nature

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 11.28.2012 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

The scholarly world has begun to take the discussion of religion and nature seriously. A 10-volume series from Harvard has provided extensive scholarship on the meaning of nature within major religious traditions. One of those 10 volumes is on Confucianism