translated by Bruce Linnell edited by O Society 凡 物 之 精 Always : the essence of creatures – 此 則 為 生 This then makes them live. 下 生 五 穀 Below, it gives birth to the five grains; 上 為 列 星 Above, it acts to arrange the stars. 流 於 天 地 … Continue reading Neiye 內業: Inward Cultivation
Optimism Over Despair C.J. Polychroniou interviews Noam Chomsky edited by O Society June 4, 2019 Donald Trump ran a campaign — and won the 2016 presidential election — based on unorthodox tactics, whereby he used irrational provocation to defy traditional political norms and make a mockery of established beliefs on both domestic and international issues … Continue reading Trump’s Economic “Boom” is a Scam
by Lin Qiqing Sixth Tone edited by O Society May 23, 2019 https://youtu.be/FumyvVOVbaY SHAANXI, Northwest China — On a misty winter’s afternoon, about an hour’s drive from the ancient city of Xi’an and a muddy 30-minute trek through the Zhongnan Mountains, we finally reach the secluded Beiji Temple. The building has clearly seen better days. … Continue reading The Hermit Culture Living On China’s Misty Mountains
Red Dust edited by O Society May 21, 2019 The world of red dust. This is an expression found in ancient Chinese Chan (禪) and Taoist (道教) poetry (sometimes simply “dust”). It is a vivid image and a sharp metaphor–have you ever driven down a dusty dirt road? Imagine now villages, towns, and cities with nothing … Continue reading Red Dust
by Mengzi edited by O Society https://youtu.be/3eIbuW-BR7o Gongsun Chou said, “May I presume to inquire how you, Sir, excel?" “I can interpret what speech means,” replied Mencius, “and I nurture well my flood-like qi.” Gongsun Chou asked, “What do you mean by ‘flood-like qi?’” “It is hard to describe,” said Mencius. “This is a qi that is … Continue reading Sprouts of Confucius
by Adam Tooze London Review of Books edited by O Society April 11, 2019 On 13 October 1806, a young German philosopher, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, had an encounter with world history. En route to their annihilation of the Prussian forces 24 hours later, Napoleon and his army were marching through the East German … Continue reading Is this the end of the American century?
The literature examining the effect of conflict on trust and trustworthiness has reached contradictory conclusions. This column studies the long-term behavioural impact of the Cultural Revolution in China, which was a major in-group conflict. It finds that the children and grandchildren of those who were mentally or physically abused during the Revolution are less trusting, … Continue reading The impact of within-group conflict on trust and trustworthiness