Author Archives: Fred Lee

Walter Benjamin on Paul Klee?

Commonplace. It is common sense for a billion Chinese that the past is before us and the future is behind us. Advertisements

I hate this guy, but I shake his hand.

You might call this hypocrisy. But I say our rituals make us better than we are.

You are constantly posting selfies.

What you display is not your self, but rather your correct belief that your self needs to be seen to be believed.


Mystic and romantic writers should be enjoyed in the morning. Rationalist and enlightenment arguments should be read at night.

Waking up is hard to do.

Some rise quickly at the first alarm; others take several alarms to rouse them; in most cases, the sleeper must set the alarm for himself.

He talked about his monastic life.

I couldn’t help asking myself, “What went wrong in his ‘normal’ life?” I bet others ask themselves the same questions when I speak about my intellectual discipline.

A polity is a frying pan.

If someone doesn’t absorb the heat, the institutions themselves begin to smoke.