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The Power of a Smile

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The other day, I picked up a book by Dale Carnegie, entitled, How to Win Friends and Influence People. I have seen this book around for a very long time, and it has been on many best-seller lists for a while. I decided to give this book a read. What I certainly did not expect from reading the book was a torrential …


Fear is the Mind-Killer

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[ You are seeing this post in your e-mail because I’m migrating old posts from my previous blog to the current one. My apologies for the inconvenience caused. Nonetheless, if you haven’t read this article before, please go ahead and do so! :) ] Recently, The Girlfriend and I went to Batam for a short holiday. We didn’t plan this …

Harmony in the Inner Chapters of the Zhuangzi (莊子)

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The Zhuangzi is divided into 3 sections – the Inner Chapters, the Outer Chapters, and the Miscellaneous Chapters. Scholars say that the Inner Chapter was written either by the original author – Zhuangzi aka Zhuang Zhou – or by his textual community (his original group of disciples who wrote out his words). The Outer and Miscellaneous Chapters were written much …

What I Have Lived For

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A friend of mine showed me this quote: Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. These passions, like great winds, have blown me hither and thither, in a wayward course, over a great ocean of anguish, reaching to the very verge …

Being Human

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The Chinese character for man (male and female) is 人 (ren) In Chinese culture, ren (人) does not refer to the biological understanding of man. Rather, it refers to what a man ought to be – what makes a man a fully human person. One big difference between Western and Chinese philosophy is that in Western philosophy, the major question …