KNOWLEDGE, as the saying goes, is power. Communist regimes have been known to quell the acquisition of knowledge. The Cultural Revolution, led by Mao Zedong, sought to burn books and quash any semblance of learning or Western enlightenment. Books, after all, are the wellspring of knowledge, wisdom, and discernment. Communism was about keeping the masses as simple and uninformed as possible, informed only of propaganda that served the purpose of its authoritarian leaders. Continue reading
VESAK Day is an important day in our family calendar. It isn’t as loud and festive as the Chinese New Year, but it is equally significant to us. It is a day we pay respect to Buddha and ask for blessings. Between the obeisance and blessings, it seems to me that what most of us are after are the blessings. As for myself, I’m glad that my heart honors both equally. Continue reading
JOHN Jameson makes a compelling observation about how, in happy fortunate cases, the line between work and play is blurred. The lucky few in this world who experience this work-play overlap are those who have found their true calling, regardless of their field—folks such as professional sportsmen like Tiger Woods for instance, or tech geeks like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg, or even businessmen-turned-politicians like Donald Trump. Continue reading
REMEMBER the princess who kissed the frog? Not everyone would buy his argument or his promise, except the princess whose gut feelings told her there was more to the frog than his squat body, his bulging eyes and his super-wide, slippery lips. For her, appearances are deceptive. No sane girl would kiss a frog, but her wisdom and good judgment gave her eternal happiness.
In the same way, Bassanio, the pauper friend of Shakespeare’s merchant of Venice, valued true virtue within rather than without. He disparaged “outward shows,” noting how the world is “still deceived with ornament.” Continue reading