Tagged with China

What others do for your comfort


  I remember my climb up one of China‘s sacred mountains, Tai Shan. It was here that Chinese emperors would journey at least once in their lives. The mountain, although not particularly high, is frequently shrouded in mist. Carried on a palanquin, the emperor sat facing east, waiting from the shroud to lift and reveal … Continue reading

Is Love Easier at a Distance?


  The following appeared as an op-ed piece in the NY Times on November 19,1979. I often think about my experience that evening at the top of the World Trade Center. While New York has recovered from the horrors of the 1970s, the thoughts I expressed then are still relevant.   “From here,” we said, … Continue reading

What I’ve Learned from a Rock


On my bookshelf I keep three items: a pink stone, an aluminum disk and the seed of a lantana palm. One piece I keep is from Asia. In 1976, near the hamlet of Badaling, in China, I walked, jogged and wandered along the roadway at the top of the Great Wall. Suddenly the passage ended. … Continue reading

Empathy Is Necessary for a Good Life


“Suffering and joy teach us, if we allow them, how to make the leap of empathy, which transports us into the soul and heart of another person. In those transparent moments we know other people’s joys and sorrows, and we care about their concerns as if they were our own,” explains Fritz Williams, Leader Emeritus of … Continue reading

Apple and the Workplace


 Not only does Apple make great products. It also making great waves in the Chinese labor market.  After receiving great criticism for the working conditions under which its iPhones and iPads were assembled, Apple and Foxconn, the company in China which supplies about 50 percent of the world’s consumer electronics, have agreed to improve working conditions, … Continue reading

What makes me wonder


On my book shelf are three items: a pink stone, an aluminum disk and the seed of a lantana palm. In 1976, near the hamlet of Badaling, in China, I walked, jogged and wandered along the roadway at the top of the Great Wall. Suddenly the passage ended. Although the Great Wall is 3,000 miles … Continue reading