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Marcus Aurelius – Meditations: Winning the Admiration of the Gods

The ancient Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius once stated: “Here is a rule to remember in the future when anything tempts you to feel bitter: Do not think ‘This is misfortune,’ but ‘To bear this worthily is good fortune.’” Marcus Aurelius was an advocate of temperance and developing the ability to take self-interest and sentiments lightly. He turned to contemplation, ever trying to sift out the frivolities of life and its…

Harmony of Heaven and Man: The Foundation of Chinese Civilisation

Like all other ancient cultures, the Chinese have well-known myths about the beginnings of the universe and the origin of existence. And also like other civilizations, ancient China’s creation myths reflect the ingrained traditional values of the Chinese people. One of the central tenets of traditional Chinese culture is the oneness of heaven and mankind, as well as the harmony between humanity and nature. The Chinese character that means “king”…

When the Wind Decided the Fate of China

It was the year 208 AD. Chinese warlord Cao Cao (pronounced “tsao tsao”) had established his control over northern China. The emperor of the Han Dynasty was his puppet. Eight hundred thousand soldiers stood under his command. It was time for Cao to claim mastery over the entire empire. He moved 200,000 men to the Yangtze River, which splits China between north and south, and made preparations to cross. Standing…