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Philosophy

Staff must share five core values

When assessing potential recruits, ANZ Bank places considerable emphasis on whether candidates have the same core values as the organisation. In essence, these come down to five key elements - integrity, collaboration, accountability, respect and excellence.

Saturday, 5 June, 2010, 12:00am

The Editor's Note

The 19-century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer was an atheist and pessimist who believed that emotional, physical and sexual desires can never be fulfilled. The idea repelled him and he took shelter from his existential anxiety within the solid walls of reason and stoicism.

4 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Actor yearns for simpler days of modelling underwear

Taiwanese actor Ethan Ruan Jing-tian says he wouldn't mind showing off his six-pack in underwear campaigns again. He made the comments while launching Calvin Klein's X underwear collection at a party at the W hotel last Thursday night.

31 May 2010 - 12:00am

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work by Alain de Botton Penguin, HK$174

16 May 2010 - 12:00am

Confucianism comes to the rescue of a slighted meritocracy

The Analects says nothing about lawsuits, especially libel and defamation. But the genius of the Singaporean government has been to make a legal doctrine out of Confucius.

17 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Holiday sought to honour Lao Tzu

The city's Taoists want the birthday of their religion's founder, Lao Tzu, to be declared a statutory holiday, saying a poll showed that a majority of the population supported the idea.

The Hong Kong Taoist Association yesterday proposed the 15th day of the second month of the lunar calendar be made a public holiday to promote their religion and to honour Lao Tzu.

30 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Tests of faith

Traditionally, fung shui masters were considered men of wisdom and, therefore, were almost never questioned, while any recommendations they made were followed to the letter. In this day and age, individuals who dispense advice need to explain and justify their proposals to clients.

28 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Letters

Ethics is one part of the mix in elections

Tony Henderson of the Humanist Association is guilty of mixing up politics, ethics and economics in his letter ('No country practises real democracy', March 15). A democratic system does not demand that people vote for ethical solutions to social problems; nor does it insist on egalitarian solutions to economic differences.

17 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Traditional Chinese ethics are still relevant in modern world

I am delighted that efforts are being made to incorporate teaching of traditional Chinese ethics and religion into the secondary school curriculum.

In the current curriculum, students in Form Six and Seven study Chinese language and culture.

25 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Discipline is key to success

Discipline is key to success

A man who can control his mind can control his destiny. Although some things are difficult, nothing is impossible. One who can control his mind can rule the world.

24 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Rumours arising from battle over estate send geomancer to the fourth estate

The epic battle over billionaire Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum's estate has not only been bad fung shui for master of the trade Tony Chan Chun-chuen, but for the supernatural business itself. The taxmen have now declared insights into the past and future a taxable business.

20 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Push to include Chinese ethics study in schools

A University of Hong Kong centre hopes to inject traditional Chinese ethics and religions into the secondary school curriculum to encourage young people to know about their own culture.

2 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Confucian confusion a blow to women

The irony is notable. Beijing is establishing Confucius institutes around the world and Hong Kong has contemplated instituting a Confucius Day holiday.

17 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Six degrees

Relics unearthed in Spain show Neanderthals wore 'make-up' 50,000 years ago, suggesting they were capable of symbolic thought, according to recent reports. The species is believed to have hunted without weapons, instead attacking prey by mounting the unfortunate beast and overpowering it.

17 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Finding Nirvana

Buddhism originated in India in about 500BC and spread along the Silk Road to China through missionaries in the first century AD, gaining in popularity after the fall of the Han dynasty, in AD220. Buddha - the Enlightened or Awakened One - was born into the wealthy Gautama family and named Siddhartha.

13 Dec 2009 - 12:00am