Isaiah Gooley

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Rub Your Rod

磨杵成針/móchǔchéngzhēn: Rub the rod until it becomes a needle. This particular chengyu comes from a Tang poet named Li Bai. The Tang dynasty was a cultural high point...

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Jordan Petersen has Never Been to War

  Jordan Peterson has never been to war. He has never killed a person. He has never been in fear of his life at the hands of other men. On episode 958 of the Joe Rogan...

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I am a Cultural Orphan

Like so many Americans, especially Californians, I grew up around many different cultures.  Many of my peers had very strong cultural identities, whether they realized it or not....

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Jordan Peterson: The Two Towers

Jordan Peterson paints a picture of human psychology as a balance between good and evil. He talks about myth the way Joseph Campbell does. But the devil is in the details; he...

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Chris Ryan-ism: It’s Alright to be a Human.

I recently went on a long journey, across oceans and continents, in search of something. I don’t know what it was, and I know I didn’t find it, but I did find...

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Fundamentalist Mantis

螳臂當車/Tángbìdāngchē: The praying mantis who raises its arms to stop the chariot.   One day, a prince went out in his chariot to hunt. A praying mantis was...

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What is a Chengyu?

成語: chéngyǔ: literally meaning “set phrase,” a chengyu is a typically four character phrase, originating from Classical Chinese, and is used in vernacular...

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A Rope is Not a Snake

一年被蛇咬,十年怕井绳/yī nián bèi shé yǎo,shí nián pà jǐng shéng. After getting bit by a snake one year, one fears the rope in the well for ten years. This...

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Tian Gao Huangdi Yuan.

 天高皇帝遠。Heaven is high, and the Emperor is far away. This phrase came about in China in the 14th century. Like most things during the period, it was related to the...