Having had So Much Time to Think Recently, We Should Now Be Able to Act Smarter

By Ooi Kee Beng

October 2021 EDITORIAL
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WISDOM COMES MOST easily to the recluse; that’s a process long been recognised and advocated throughout human history, and in most societies and civilisations. But that epiphanic effect, by its very nature, is not for sharing with the rest of society, and cannot but befall more than a few lucky people. It is a therapeutic trip, exemplified by the singular Sufi mystic, Zen hermit and Hindu eremite, or the odd Christian ascetic, Daoist eccentric and Buddhist sage. But what happens...

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Ooi Kee Beng

is the Executive Director of Penang Institute. His recent books include The Eurasian Core and its Edges: Dialogues with Wang Gungwu on the History of the World (ISEAS 2016). Homepage: wikibeng.com


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