The biggest challenge for Hong Kong at the moment is not to overthrow the government, but to question the internal Confucian values that define Chinese culture, values that dictate the drive for absolute submission. ~Mikavelli~ (click embedded links for references) Many in the world have been informed about the Hong Kong protests by way … More Facts: Why The British Denied Hong Kong Democracy
Today, I argue that cultural conformity leads to human dishonesty. We have learned that restrictive cultures don’t encourage open communication between children and parents — children spend their lives lying to their parents in order to avoid consequences. This sets the notion that lies are acceptable because how our parents treat us is how we treat … More Culture — The Antithesis of Honesty
If you let go of the rod, you’ll fall into a river that always moves on to something greater. ~Mikavelli~ Why do we need to let go, and how do we move on from it? We’ve all gone through the process of letting go and moving on — whether or not we are aware of … More Let Go, but Why? Move On, but How?
Religions seek to elevate ‘god’ while philosophies aim to deprecate human nature. ~Mikavelli~ Plato once stated that “good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws”. In the context of religion, “good people do not need religions to teach humanity, while bad … More The Concept of Religion
Dear World, This is for you, for all of you. For the days when you feel like there is no purpose or meaning in life. For the days when you feel so jaded by society, by people, or even by yourselves. For the days you just want to give up because you feel stagnant. You … More Don’t Lose Heart, Find It
A seventeen year old once asked me if all problems in life spring from laziness. It took me a moment before responding, “yes, and no.” That thought, however, did get me thinking. Firstly, different cultures breed different definitions of “hard work”. Some see working hard as a career, a financial ladder to climb. Others see … More Embrace The Storm
(*Disclaimer: This one is a bit paradoxical, on the theme of “Crossroads”) We live in a world of information, competition, and perceived freedom. It is true that since the perpetuation and expansion of what one generation calls the Internet, and the rising generation calls “Social Media”, information has been at our fingertips by choice. The … More Mind Over Matter is Truly the New Matter