Last week, someone mentioned the term synchronicity to me. She gave an example. I rebutted that her example feels like serendipity to me. She was unfamiliar with my term, while I was unaware of the meaning that Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Carl Jung had given to hers.The similarity and difference between serendipity and synchronicity are shown in...
11 Apr, 2021
The Economist title: China wants to make its Christians more Chinese The Economist subtitle: “Sinification” involves a five-year plan, of course Date: 3 April 2021 "In 1867 an English missionary, James Hudson Taylor, wrote a letter home defending his policy of encouraging fellow preachers in China to wear Chinese robes and the Manchu-style pigtail. By dressing in...
5 Jan, 2021
Several years ago, my then neighbour (1920) started complaining about her high age. I was curious why because she was still quite healthy in my view. She explained to me that most of her peers had already died. She was becoming the sole survivor of her generation. Living was no longer fun. She said she preferred death. Her remarks have never left me. My father...
23 Sep, 2020
In the 1980s, I used to compare organisational promotions to density: the lower someone's density, the faster and higher (s)he will be promoted within an organisation. Probably, I was not yet aware of the Peter principle, "which observes that people in a hierarchy tend to rise to their "level of incompetence", a 1969 management book by Dr. Laurence J....
22 Sep, 2020
New York Times title: To Build Emotional Strength, Expand Your BrainNew York Times subtitle: The quest to understand something new is a key factor to building the resilience necessary to weather setbacks and navigate life’s volatility. By: Kerry HannonDate: 2 September 2020 "This article is part of a series on resilience in troubled times — what we can learn about...
8 Sep, 2020
The UK is considering labelling the "global environmental movement" Extinction Rebellion as an organised crime group (eg, Guardian, Telegraph). American author and filmmaker Michael Crichton (1942-2008) predicted the rise of eco-terrorism in his (highly recommended) 2004 techno-thriller State of Fear. Human beliefs separate us from any other...
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