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Deep work in a distracted world

In reviewing “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World” by Cal Newport, I was reminded of a training session I attended a couple of months ago....

September 1, 2017, Friday

The empty ‘deity’ of capitalism

IN reading Michael Harrington’s “The Politics at God’s Funeral: The Spiritual Crisis of Western Civilization,” I remembered a conversation I had once had with a beloved nephew in which I cautioned him ...

August 25, 2017, Friday

Spreading seeds of compassion in dialogue among civilizations

“Who is he?” my Nepalese guide asked me eagerly about the solemn statute of a monk at the front gate of the Chinese Temple of Nepal at Lumbini, the birthplace of Sakyamuni, founder of Buddhism....

August 11, 2017, Friday

Bhutan’s therapy for happiness: Better evolve at your own pace

“DO they look up to you because you are a foreigner — someone from big Shanghai?” A colleague asked me on Tuesday upon hearing my praise of the Bhutanese people I had met during my recent trip to the ...

August 4, 2017, Friday

Basic income: key ingredient for a truly free and happy society

IN the current environment in the United States — a culture steeped in free-market ideology — it is unlikely that this book — Basic Income: A Radical Proposal for a Free Society and a Sane Economy — will ...

July 7, 2017, Friday

Materialism has destroyed ideals of America’s founding fathers

THIS book takes a useful and much-needed critical look at US foreign policy, very much in the tradition of William Appleman Williams’ The Tragedy of American Diplomacy. Williams, one of the first of ...

June 23, 2017, Friday

Initiation into the celestial mysteries should empower, humble, and strike fear in us

We urbanites are so trapped in our mundane engagements that we are rarely aware of the celestial sphere at night — and there is not much to see in the first place....

May 5, 2017, Friday

‘Usefulness of Uselessness’ and how it serves modern society

THERE is a fable about a huge tree that provided shade to thousands of cattle in Chapter Four of Chuangtzu, one of the foundational texts of Taoism. While the crowds admired the tree, a carpenter took ...

April 14, 2017, Friday

Don’t be duped by ‘objective’ data

The “weapons of math destruction” alluded to are today’s omnipresent mathematical algorithms that use the voluminous personal data derived from individuals’ home addresses, occupations, purchasing history, ...

March 17, 2017, Friday

Betrayed ally: revisiting a Chinese tragedy from the First World War

JUST a hundred years ago last month, the French ship Athos was torpedoed off Malta on its way to France from the Far East. It was a victim of Germany’s new policy of unrestricted submarine warfare. The ...

March 10, 2017, Friday


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