Societal / Political
Alone and Together: Chinese Culture, Tradition and Language
I was born after the 1980s, in a small city in northern China. China has a tradition of togetherness (collectivism)—yet …
The Breeze of Freedom
One of my colleagues recently left her long term residence in China and is now living in a country that …
A PALLID HOPELESSNESS: REFLECTIONS ON ALIENATION
Conceive a man by nature and misfortune prone to a pallid hopelessness…. -Herman Melville, “Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of …
Transforming and Managing Anxiety: I. The Nature of Containment
In this essay I look specifically at the derailment into authoritarianism and at the multiple ways in which this derailment can be avoided—in favor of the construction and engagement of a wide variety of containers that enable the transformation to take place. It is in the identification of viable containers that we begin to find the pathway toward true freedom.
The Nature of True Freedom III: Creating A Shared Image of the Future
Positive freedom to do something, in turn, is sustained only if a society has defined or is in the process of continually defining and redefining a clear and exhilarating image of its own purpose and, in particular, its own future.