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Rituals Improve Life According to Ancient Chinese Philosophers
Michael Puett   May 24, 2016   Big Think  

Doing ritual, whether it’s a religious ceremony or a simple greeting on the street, is a powerful way to break bad habits and improve our lives, says Harvard historian Michael Puett.

Following the patterns left behind by the dead is not conducive to creative living. In fact it is the opposite. Though within and of itself ritual may seem inspiring we should really be our own inventors of our lives. It is this individuality that, from the Dutch Republic through the French-German Enlightenment in tandem with science and engineering feats that created amongst other forces modern life. Ditching the crusts of the past liberated our minds globally. As for bad habits: that is what makes life so enjoyable.
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