Shi Yongxin, abbot of the Shaolin Temple, walks out of the monastery premises in in Dengfeng City, Henan Province, China, on April 7, 2005. (Cancan Chu/Getty Images) BY FRANK FANG, EPOCH TIMES In ancient China, monks lived a celibate spiritual life and devoted their time to Buddhist studies. But in modern-day China, some monks have led a sordid life at night while pretending to be religious practitioners during the day. Song Zude, a well-known Chinese entertainment critic, recently wrote on his Sina Weibo account, a platform similar to Twitter, that some Chinese temples have begun contracting out a unique service. A … Continue reading Chinese Monks Become “Sugar Babies” for Wealthy Women
PHOTOGRAPHY BY NATHAN COOPER Emerging science is putting the lie to American meritocracy. BY CHRISTIAN H. COOPER On paper alone you would never guess that I grew up poor and hungry. My most recent annual salary was over $700,000. I am a Truman National Security Fellow and a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. My publisher has just released my latest book series on quantitative finance in worldwide distribution. None of it feels like enough. I feel as though I am wired for a permanent state of fight or flight, waiting for the other shoe to drop, or … Continue reading Why Poverty Is Like a Disease
Advice from a psychologist, a Mrs. Santa, a Buddhist monk and others by Basic Dad WHEN YOU’RE A DAD, PARENTING QUESTIONS OFTEN COME UP THAT YOU STRUGGLE TO FIND AN ANSWER TO. SINCE OTHER PARENTS ARE THE WORST AND GOOGLE WILL SEND YOU DOWN A RABBIT HOLE OF PARALYZING, PARANOID TERROR, WE’RE HERE TO HELP BY PUTTING THOSE QUESTIONS TO THE EXPERTS. THIS IS “BASIC DAD,” AN ADVICE COLUMN FOR DADS WHO FEEL STUPID ABOUT ASKING FOR BASIC ADVICE. THE VERY BASIC CONCERN Here we are less than a month after Christmas, and I’m already buying my daughter new stuff. … Continue reading HOW DO I AVOID RAISING A MATERIALISTIC CHILD?
US President Bill Clinton standing in Red Square during a Moscow summit in January 1994. Photo by Diana Walker/Time Life Pictures/Getty The development sector set out to summon the magic of capitalism from the ashes of communism. How is it going? John Rapley is a political economist at the University of Cambridge, as well as a journalist and co-creator of the Caribbean Policy Research Institute in Jamaica. His latest book is Twilight of the Money Gods: Economics as a Religion and How it all Went Wrong (2017). He lives in London. Edited by Sam Haselby Think of human development as a long journey. At … Continue reading Economics as a moral tale
image edited by F. Kaskais Happiness narratives are making us miserable, says Paul Dolan. Photograph: Sonja Horsman for the Observer by Paul Dolan The ‘success’ narrative is at the heart of our idea of wellbeing, but the evidence tells a different tale, argues behavioural scientist Paul Dolan in this extract from his new book There are countless stories about how we ought to live our lives. We are expected to be ambitious; to want to be wealthy, successful and well educated; to get married, be monogamous and have kids. These social narratives can make our lives easier, by providing guidelines … Continue reading The money, job, marriage myth: are you happy yet?
THOMAS PETER / REUTERS Readers consider why many ultrarich people aren’t satisfied with their wealth—and discuss how to make America more equitable. The Reason Many Ultrarich People Aren’t Satisfied With Their Wealth Recently, Joe Pinsker talked to a handful of experts about why many ultrarich people are motivated to accumulate more and more wealth. There are two central questions people ask themselves when determining whether they’re satisfied, one researcher explained: Am I doing better than I was before? and Am I doing better than other people? My grown sons and I have often discussed the puzzle of the wealthy who … Continue reading Letters: ‘The Puzzle of the Wealthy’
by: Vicki Batts (Natural News) Millennials are not exactly known for greatness; the entire generation is more commonly viewed as a bunch of whiners and entitled snowflakes who don’t want to work. Worse, many millennials seem to think that they should simply be handed higher-paid positions, rather than earningtheir way to the top. But in spite of their unwillingness to put in the work and grit needed to succeed, many millennials still believe that they will magically become millionaires by the time they reach their mid-forties. Even experts agree that these kids are far more delusional than they are ambitious. While millennials … Continue reading Same Millennials who think they shouldn’t have to work for a living also believe they will be millionaires by age 45