Empathy and Fullness

2007 July 3

I was introduced to the Chinese concept of "Empathy and Fullness" in Shanghai last week. This topic came about when discussing my surprise that everything seemed bigger, brighter, and simply more in Shanghai. We ate at a restaurant where you could select from a menu of over four hundred different items to then visit the sauce bar to mix and match one hundred different flavors.

My guide to Shanghai explained that, "Feeling comes from richness." This is in line with the Law of law7 but I certainly didn't expect to see it manifest as the mountain of taste selections I had that evening. But certainly by the end of the meal I was feeling the need for law5 and desired a simpler, plain bowl of rice. It would have made me appreciate the experience better. But that addition of the neutralizer is ironically more itself.