The day a child emperor overcame a powerful general

Culture 07/26/19, 09:52

It is quite evident that the murder of Hamlet's father was only the beginning of the prince's tragedy. Controlled by his emotions and blinded by a desire for blood and revenge, Hamlet did not have enough clear-sightedness to bring his uncle to justice and ended up destroying his entire royal ...

Chinese medicine and its relationship to ecology

Culture 07/24/19, 06:41

Imbued with Daoism and Buddhism, traditional Chinese medicine sees the human body as a system that operates in line with the universe around it. Fed by the five climates of Heaven and the five elements of the Earth, man is entirely part of nature. Not only are you a part of ...

Do you believe that President Trump is the choice of the Lord?

Culture 07/23/19, 06:11

It is often said that President Trump was selected by God to be the incoming United States President. This philosophy correlates strangely with a prophecy set out by Mark Taylor back in 2011, the so-called “Trump prophecy." One day, in 2011, while watching an interview with the then-popular businessman Donald J. ...

The road to success is often paved with hardship…

Culture 07/23/19, 06:06

For Mark Hutchinson, the path of developing Bamboozle into one of Australia’s most respected suppliers and installers of timber & bamboo flooring did not involve only business development but also the harsh tempering of his will and the perfection of his character.

The never-heard story of a sacred event on the Moon

Culture 07/17/19, 21:22

On Tuesday morning, when Apollo 11’s astronauts—Aldrin and Collins—returned to the exact location from where they flew to the moon 50 years ago, the spiritual event that happened on that unforgettable day remained vivid in their minds, especially for Aldrin.

Do you want your family to succeed? Just have a little faith

Culture 07/17/19, 20:42

In the year 1900, the American scholar Albert Edward Winship conducted a study entitled “Jukes-Edwards: A Study in Education and Heredity”, involving two families. The family of Jonathan Edwards were staunch followers of Christianity; Jukes, the head of the second household, was an atheist.

The real story of the swastika

Culture 07/15/19, 10:44

The swastika is, to this day, taboo for many in the West, because it is associated with Nazism and invokes the memory of the Holocaust. While Hitler was in power, any investigation into its authentic meaning and history was forbidden, and those who dared to reveal them were persecuted and ...

Anger is rising in America. The Stoics taught how to keep your cool

Culture 07/13/19, 22:08

According to the latest NPR-IBM Watson Health poll, “42% of those polled said they were angrier in the past year.” Most of us think we are better than average. We believe others are getting even angrier than we are: “Some 84% of people surveyed said Americans are angrier today compared with ...

Epic poetry and civilization

Culture 07/12/19, 11:48

Epics and verse are not the result of hazard, but rather of a group that has developed a moral code and a sophisticated culture.  There exist diverse types of epic poetry around the world, but they typically revolve around the origins of the Gods; their teachings and the work of creating ...

Rich but unconscious

Culture 07/11/19, 19:11

A long time ago, a poor man visited his relatives, who treated him with generosity and kindness. He fell asleep in his seat after enjoying a giant dinner complete of food and drink. It was almost time for the host to leave and he sewed an invaluable pearl on the man's clothes ...

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 ...