Retaining the ability to enjoy simple abilities

By Dato' Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

March 2014 EDITORIAL
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This month’s article about the endless hunt for energy to power modern man’s countless machines leads me to think about the psychological consequences of our dependence on external power; and how that dependence clouds our appreciation of the most simple talents and faculties we possess; and how enjoyable these actually are.Our machines make us seek more power and more capacity, and in the process we forget to appreciate our most basic skills. So we end up seeking thrills and searching...

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Dato' Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

is the Executive Director of Penang Institute. His latest book is Signals in the Noise: Notes on Penang, Malaysia and the World (Singapore: Faction Press) Homepage: