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Capitalist Ideology And The Myth Of The Individual Self, Part 2

Henry Rosemont Jr. | Posted 10.21.2016 | Politics
Henry Rosemont Jr.

Click here for Part 1: “Competing Autonomous Individual Agents” As soon as I re-enter my everyday life and cease thinking about myself in isolatio...

Decoding China-U.S. Relations

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.08.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Citizens of any nation will naturally rally around their flag when they believe they are under attack, have been offended, or want to flex their muscl...

If Your Heart Thinks You're Happy

Siobhan Kukolic | Posted 05.27.2016 | Good News
Siobhan Kukolic

From what I understand, the heart brain sends messages to the head brain with regards to what hormones to release. So if you feel guilt, shame, fear or anger in your heart, it will direct your brain to release chemicals that are not good for your body over long periods. If you feel peace, love, joy, hope and happiness, it will direct your brain to release chemicals that are good for your body, especially when it comes to healing.

Harvard Professor Explains How We Think About The 'True Self' All Wrong

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.25.2016 | Religion

Harvard University professor Michael Puett teaches a class on classical Chinese philosophy that has gotten buzz for being one of the school's most pop...

What an American Professor Has Taught Me About Chinese Philosophers

Frank H. Wu | Posted 04.19.2016 | Education
Frank H. Wu

I wonder if I am more Asian, specifically Chinese, than I realize. I was reading the new book about applying Chinese philosophy to your own life, and it was more touching than I had expected. As a Chinese American whose parents emigrated from Taiwan more than fifty years ago, I grew up in Detroit.

Weekend Roundup: Politicizing the 'Rule Of Law' in China -- And the U.S.

Nathan Gardels | Posted 02.19.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

Ironies abound. While America is engaged in a bitter partisan battle during this election season over who will control the "non-partisan" U.S. Supreme Court, China's Communist Party authorities are arresting lawyers in the name of establishing the "rule of law." (continued)

Weekend Roundup: Mutiny Against the Status Quo

Nathan Gardels | Posted 02.12.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

At this stage in the American election season it is far from clear, despite early wins and losses, who the presidential nominees will be. As Julian Baggini writes, what is certain is that America, like much of Europe, is experiencing a mutiny against the status quo. The populist revolt against political and economic elites is spreading across borders everywhere except -- so far -- East Asia, where the prospects of the average person have risen instead of fallen over the past decade. (continued)

Weekend Roundup: The Pope Blesses China

Nathan Gardels | Posted 02.07.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

Many seem to fear the rise of China as a challenge to the West. Not Pope Francis. In a remarkable interview published this week in Asia Times, he takes the long view, transcending contemporary geopolitics and embracing the return of the Middle Kingdom's ancient civilization to the global stage as enriching for us all. (continued)

The Metropolitan Room of Ageless Art

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 02.04.2016 | Arts
Randee Mia Berman

According to owner Bernie Furshpan, the goal of this Flatiron district cabaret is to revive the "golden age of cabaret" with both renowned performers and new faces.

A False Award: China's Insult to Zimbabwe

Themba Mzingwane | Posted 11.17.2016 | World
Themba Mzingwane

Africa is currently in the midst of "the decade of China". In recent years, China has vigorously ramped up development projects throughout the Africa...

300 (And Growing) Free Vegan Cafes in China

Zilong Wang | Posted 11.18.2016 | Good News
Zilong Wang

Starting about a year ago, here and there, I start to hear mentions of a blossoming vegetarian restaurant network in China, called Rain Flower Hut (Yu Hua Zhai 雨花斋).

Everything We're Taught About "Individualism" Is Contradicted By How We Live Our Lives

Henry Rosemont Jr. | Posted 05.22.2016 | Politics
Henry Rosemont Jr.

The world capitalist economic system has become so dysfunctional in the 21st Century that it cannot be defended rationally, but requires a particular moral/political ideology grounded in the assumption that human beings are fundamentally to be defined as free, autonomous and rational individuals.

Getting Rid of My Act

Dean Opperman | Posted 05.18.2016 | Comedy
Dean Opperman

Far from being the leafy path to serenity, self help became the greasy downhill slide into insanity. I didn't snap out of it until I realized I was wrapping my legs in seaweed and singing to the seals as part of a Loon Point yoga-thin.

How to Be the Best Interior Designer or Professional of Any Kind

Courtney Price | Posted 05.13.2016 | Education
Courtney Price

Are we using all of the resources available to us to best hone our skills? Are we evolving? Are we bringing enough to the table? The learning curve never stops.

People At Work - Photographs by Tim Allen

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 05.09.2016 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

All Photographs (c) Tim Allen, Courtesy of Tim Allen Social documentary need not always be focused around the public space. Indeed, these people are ...

Confucius or Confusion?

Francis Levy | Posted 05.05.2016 | Arts
Francis Levy

Does wisdom come with age? It's often said that the Chinese, for example, respect the elderly and revere age in a way that is foreign to Americans who treat age as a burden.

Why Are China's Leftists Embracing Confucius?

Taisu Zhang | Posted 06.27.2015 | World
Taisu Zhang

Since the 1990s, leftists have become considerably more tolerant, even accepting, of "cultural conservatism" than they were for virtually the entire 20th century. The need to accumulate additional ideological resources to combat a perceived "Western liberal" other is a powerful one.

Ryan Grim

How Confucius Explains The Hillary Clinton Controversies | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics

As the stack of investigative stories around Hillary Clinton, her family's charity and her work as Secretary of State continues to climb higher and hi...

Lee Kwan Yew, Singapore and the Power of Filial Piety

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 05.26.2015 | 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 05.03.2015 | 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 04.23.2015 | 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.