The origins of bad luck, according to ancient wisdom

Culture 07/08/19, 18:31

Many ancient sayings from Western and Eastern cultures encouraged people to treat others with kindness and do good deeds. By doing that, they would receive blessings and avoid bad luck. The ancient Chinese also attached great importance to virtue since they believed it was the determinant of one’s fate.

Peter Rabbit: why it is still one of the greats of children’s literature

Culture 07/05/19, 20:22

Since the days of Aesop, animals have been used as vehicles by which humankind has addressed its moral, ethical and cultural identity. For some, this serves to misrepresent animals, privileging anthropomorphism at the expense of the more sensitive address of animal sentience and welfare. For others, this approach allows humans ...

A gift from the Gods

Culture 07/05/19, 06:07

In February of 1988, in Hebei province in China, some ten kilometers northeast of the city of Handan, farmers working in their fields stumbled upon an unprecedented finding: a stone dragon that was an astounding 1,200 feet long. Nine other smaller stone dragons were found next to the monumental dragon, all ...

Steve Jobs: A life and death that touched people

Culture 07/02/19, 08:04

Steve Jobs had liver transplant surgery in 2009 and died two years later. His untimely passing saddened people all over the world, but in his final years, he had no regrets. Earlier in 2009, Apple President Steve Jobs had been diagnosed with terminal-stage liver cancer. The doctor told him that liver ...

The legend of the kind dandelion

Culture 06/30/19, 01:24

In spring, the green grass in parks is covered with dandelions. With her thin waist, long leaves and hair flowing in the air like gossamer strands in the springtime sun, the dandelion mom clings kindly to Mother Earth and gives thanks for the food she provides. After the rain brings ...

How we tracked down the only known sculpture of a WWI Indigenous soldier

Culture 06/30/19, 01:23

Germany, 1918. Wünsdorf prisoner-of-war camp, not far from Berlin. An Australian Indigenous POW, Douglas Grant, sits as a model for a portrait bust by a German Jewish sculptor, Rudolf Marcuse. The completed work is remarkable and of national significance. As Aaron Pegram, senior historian at the Australian War Memorial, recently explained: It ...

Chuck Feeney: From poverty to philanthropy

Culture 06/27/19, 03:00

Chuck (Charles Francis) Feeney was born into an Irish family in 1931 in the working-class neighborhood of Elmora, in Elizabeth City, New Jersey.  Born into a poor family, he soon had to earn a living for himself. Sometimes he was seen selling umbrellas on the beach, sometimes selling sandwiches at Cornell ...

The art of being strict with yourself and tolerant of others

Culture 06/24/19, 06:48

"Even the most confused and obfuscated person is able to wake up and clear his head well when examining the faults of others. And a very intelligent person becomes rather silly when excusing for his own mistakes. Therefore, if one could rebuke oneself the way he/she rebukes others and excuse ...

Cheaters never prosper

Culture 06/21/19, 05:47

When the college admission cheating case broke out in March 2019, it shocked America. This serious incident would make us once again revisit our own parenting. It should be noted that the cases were just accidentally exposed eight years after they occurred, through another unrelated case. The list of those charged has ...

History of karmic retribution: Corrupt official loses all his fortune

Culture 06/20/19, 06:01

There is a millennial belief that goodness is rewarded with kindness, and wickedness with wickedness. It is said that the gods are righteous and do not reward or punish, because the way one behaving out of his own free-will will lead to respective retribution. In ancient times, an official named Wang ...

A concise history of the US abortion debate

Culture 06/20/19, 05:41

On Nov. 14, 1972, a controversial two-part episode of the groundbreaking television show, “Maude” aired. Titled “Maude’s Dilemma,” the episodes chronicled the decision by the main character to have an abortion. The landmark Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade was issued two months after these episodes. The ruling affirmed the right to have an abortion ...

Media bias has been turned away by the readers

Culture 06/17/19, 21:03

Media bias has become a powerful tool in the power and propaganda war in the technological age. U.S. mainstream media’s effort in making up a completely different image of the incumbent president - Donald Trump - is an outstanding example. But while trying to convey negative information with the aim ...

As great as a mom may be, kids still need their dads

Culture 06/16/19, 03:24

“Smokin’ Joe,” a biography of late heavyweight boxing champion and 3-time Muhammad Ali foil Joe Frazier, was recently reviewed by Gordon Marion in The Wall Street Journal. Among the notable details is the fact that five different women gave birth to Frazier’s eleven kids. This occurrence is not uncommon among celebrities. ...