the relevance of Chinese ancient teachings to our present world, imploring us to study and live them as best as we can. emphasises
There is a lot going for the theory of fixed personality. Without it, some of us believe we can't accurately
Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh, the authors of The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us about the Good Life, believe the myth of fixed personality - the notion that we are born a certain way, with fixed
What we in the West define as the true self is actually
of continuous responses to people and the world; patterns that have built up over time. For example, you might think, "I'm just the kind of person who gets annoyed easily." On the contrary, it's more likely that you have become the kind of person who does get irritated over minor things because of how you've interacted with people for years. But that's not because you are, in fact, such a person. By being loyal to a "true self" you ended up patterns destructive emotional habits. concretizing
The Path is an analytical yet easy to read book that breaks down complex areas of Chinese philosophy. It explains the difference between Confucianism, Mencius, Laozi, Zhuangzi, etc. It also reveals how the West misunderstands and misuses these philosophies, creating
Many thanks to Simon & Shuster for review copy.