I’ve just been looking into the idea, in ancient and medieval culture, of the Wheel of Fortune. One of the interesting things I found out is the famous chorus in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, which I always found rather Satanic, is actually a Medieval poem about the Wheel of Fortune. Have a look. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrML6s1wNHk]

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Anyone interested in the politics of wellbeing in Asia might want to read a book I read about this morning. The book is called China and the Search for Happiness, and was written by German sinologist Wolfgang Bauer in 1971. The New York Review of Books reviewed it when the English translation came out in Read more…

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