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ZH said on August 20th, 2009 at 2:24 am    

Is there a Chinese expression — or concept, or notion — equivalent to “sell one’s soul”? If most Chinese don’t hold absolutest moral positions, then what is there to sell?

Jason Patent said on August 20th, 2009 at 10:30 pm    

Great question. I don’t know what the nearest equivalent would be, but I’m pretty sure it would be missing the religious undertones of the American term. Lots to say about American “civil religion” in the context of our expectations of human life. Will get into this – probably soon – in later posts.

Alex LaBrunerie said on August 21st, 2009 at 7:26 pm    

Hi Jason, Your “fine line” comment reminded me of the morale choices characters face in the film genre of Film Noir; classics like Chinatown and Double Indemnity as examples

Jason Patent said on August 21st, 2009 at 8:21 pm    

I like that, Alex. Yet another reminder that there’s nothing inherently “foreign” about many of the ideas we’ve been discussing; they just show up in different configurations and different versions across cultures.

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