“While Lin is an admirer of many aspects of Western civilization, in this book he delivers his most staggering critique of Western imperialism; namely that the West has closed itself off from philosophies of peace and reconciliation, due to a false conception of peace as a state rather than an activity. To Lin, the West’s weakness is seeing peace in negative terms (as the absence of war) rather than positive terms (the presence of the activity of ‘making peace’) In his conception, peace is not a noun, but rather a verb. Not an idealistic pipe dream, but a daily discipline of choosing respect, love, and diplomacy over the easy temptations of force, belligerence, and selfishness. A brilliant book by a brilliant man.” - blurb on Amazon
I’ve had Yutang’s essays “The Importance of Living - the Noble art of leaving things undone” and benefited from them for years. I’m about to order the book above. He also chronicles his conversion from Daoism and Confucianism to Christianity in another I haven’t read yet - “From Pagan to Christian”.