Archeologist uncover 2,000-year-old “lost” street in Jerusalem

Culture 11/29/19, 03:32

A team of archaeologists from the University of Tel Aviv and the independent governmental Israel Antiquities Authority have discovered a 2,000-year-old street built by Pontius Pilatus in Jerusalem. This walkway was most likely used by pilgrims as they made their way to worship their respective gods on Temple Mount in the ...

Interesting facts about Thanksgiving Day you just might not know

Culture 11/28/19, 05:54

Thanksgiving is one of the most important annual feasts for Americans, and most of us think that we know all there is to know about this day. However, here are some interesting facts about the festive holiday that might just surprise you. Let’s take a look. 1. The date for the ...

Meet the woman who helped make Thanksgiving a US holiday

Culture 11/27/19, 08:10

For much of the 19th century, Thanksgiving was only celebrated by New Englanders and Northeastern transplants in the upper Midwest and New York. Without the dogged activism of Sarah Josepha Hale—a novelist, poet, and the editor of “Godey’s Lady’s Book,” a lifestyle magazine with an impressive pre-Civil War circulation of 150,000—Thanksgiving ...

What is the higher purpose of art?

Art 11/24/19, 08:27

In modern art, be it poetry, painting, music or dance, magnificent and overwhelming works that can withstand the test of time and carry a deep and thorough meaning to humanity are hard to find.

Empathy is ingrained in our brain

Culture 11/20/19, 10:35

Empathy is the ability to understand and share the emotions and feelings of another person. This ability, which is not merely inborn but can be taught, facilitates interpersonal relationships. Dr. Tania Singer – the director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Neurosciences in Leipzig, Germany – is not ...

President Trump to award actor Jon Voight with National Medal of Arts

U.S. 11/18/19, 17:18

President Donald Trump will be awarding the National Medal of Art to Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight. Voight will be the first recipient of the prestigious award since President Trump entered office. In a statement issued by the White House on Sunday, Nov. 17, the award ceremony will take place this Thursday, Nov. ...

A lesson from Confucius to his child: Emphasize virtue and moral behavior

Culture 11/13/19, 12:54

The ancient Chinese gave great importance to family customs and the "cultivation" of discipline and virtue. Since their culture followed the principles of benevolence, righteousness, courtesy, wisdom, and honor as fundamental values, a philosophy that concentrated around the cultivation of virtue and moral behavior towards relatives was of great appeal ...

The tower of Babel and humans’ delusion of touching paradise

Culture 11/09/19, 19:26

The tower of Babel is one of the most fantastic stories in the Book of Genesis and has become legendary in Western culture. According to the Scriptures, it is described as a tall construction built in Babylonia after the Deluge – a symbol of humans’ delusion of reaching heaven.

Happiness is knowing that you have enough

Culture 11/07/19, 12:48

For humans, the pursuit of happiness is a seemingly innate part of our nature, but for the most part, the needs of many are not fully met. Sometimes, a fleeting sentiment of happiness can be obtained at the expense of material possession but these endeavors are often met with physical ...

Kindness Boomerang – The message that will change the world

Culture 11/02/19, 11:37

Using the message “Because kindness keeps the world afloat,” a special video titled Kindness Boomerang (Kindness comes back) has reached millions of people around the world, enabling every single one of us to experience and understand that kindness possesses a superpower that inspires, spreads around, and comes back to us. Have ...

What makes a truly great man?

Culture 10/30/19, 05:45

Guan Yu (160 – 220 AD) from the Three Kingdom era has been one of the most venerated characters of Chinese history. He was not the smartest or the best warrior of his time, let alone in the 5,000 years of Chinese history. Why is he so revered? The famous Chinese ...

Like a Fairy Tale

Art 10/19/19, 10:26

Half Caucasian and half Chinese, dancer Yi Li grew up on a farm in southern Germany. Horseback riding, fairytales, and sports filled her childhood. Then one day after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts, her mother suggested she try dancing, setting in motion a magical new life.

The beauty and hidden charm of Chinese folding fans

Art 10/17/19, 11:21

Once regarded as a symbol of imperial power in Chinese history, folding fans have slowly emerged from being a possession exclusive to the royal family to becoming a common item during the Mid-Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). At that time, folding fans were an indispensable accessory for the scholar-official community, also known ...

How forgiveness can shape our lives for the better

Culture 10/16/19, 10:54

Jonathan Lockwood Huie, known as the "Philosopher of happiness," once said: "Forgive others – not for the sake of those who have hurt you, but because you deserve peace.”  When you let go of your emotions and forgive others, your mind opens up instead of being stuck on resenting who has ...