“Do nothing that is of no use.”

“Study strategy over the years and achieve the spirit of the warrior. Today is victory over yourself of yesterday; tomorrow is your victory over lesser men.”

— Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings

I’ve been writing about a samurai named Miyamoto Musashi a lot recently, but I can’t seem…

Find peace in nothingness.

In the West, feeling empty is viewed as a negative condition. Emptiness is often associated with dark terms like depression, apatheia, or nihilism. In Asia though, things are a little different.

The Chinese word for emptiness is kōng (空); devoid, the void, the space between breaths, between lines, between lives…

Alexander the Great was an all-powerful man. But was he a happy one?

“This man (Alexander The Great) has conquered the world! What have you done?” The philosopher replied without an instant’s hesitation, “I have conquered the need to conquer the world.”

— Steven Pressfield, The Virtues of War

I am fascinated with Alexander the Great.

This was a man who changed the…

Alvin Ang

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