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In 2018, while addressing a gathering to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the country's reform and opening-up, Xi said the spirit of self-improvement and broad-mindedness demonstrated in the aphorism is what makes Chinese civilization unique and has allowed it to stretch uninterrupted for millennia.



At home and abroad, the American people plead for broad-mindedness, tolerance and charity. Abroad, our ambassadors use all of their powers to influence warring parties to come to the conference table in a spirit of give-and-take. There is a sense in which the world needs broad-mindedness and tolerance.

The sciences, however, are narrow-minded. There is no room for careless broad-mindedness in the laboratory. Water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit at sea level; it is never 100 degrees nor 189 degrees, nor 211. Fresh water freezes at 32 degrees; it is never 23 degrees nor 31.

What kind of images does "blue sky" evoke? A beautiful scenery, broad-mindedness, or a promising future? For Ruslan, a handsome young Kazakh student in China, it means something special. Ruslan's Chinese name is Lu Silan, and his microblog ID is "Ruslan Blue Sky." In China, he is fondly called Mr. Blue Sky. With his sincere smile, selfless dedication, and goodwill toward the Chinese people, this name cannot be more fitting.

Mysuru: Hinduism is the only religion in the world which has an ancient history inculcating broad-mindedness, said renowned scholar Dr. M. Chidananda Murthy. Vedas formed the basis for Hindu religion, he added.

Now this is precisely the attitude of the Church on the subject of the world conferences on religion. She holds that just as the truth is one in geography, in chemistry, and mathematics, so too there is one truth in religion, and if we are intolerant about the truth that two times two equals four, then we should also be intolerant about those principles on which is hinged the only really important thing in the world, namely, the salvation of our immortal soul. If the assumption is that there is no Divinity, no oneness about truth, but only opinion, probability, and compromise, then the Church must refrain from participation. Any conference on religion, therefore, which starts with the assumption that there is no such thing as truth, and that contrary and contradictory sects may be united in a federation of broad-mindedness, must never expect the Church to join or cooperate.

Aung San Suu Kyi told attendees at the University of Oxford's annual Encaenia ceremony this afternoon that her Oxford experience 'helped me to cope with all the challenges I had to face' and that it taught her 'respect for the best in human civilisation ... Oxford is a place of tremendous broad-mindedness. Nobody discriminates against anybody else.'

Reviewed by: Curiosités de Raymond Queneau: de l' 'Encyclopédie des Sciences inexactes' aux jeux de la création romanesque Walter Redfern Curiosités de Raymond Queneau: de l' 'Encyclopédie des Sciences inexactes' aux jeux de la création romanesque. By Evert Van Der Starre. (Histoire des idées et critique littéraire, 425). Geneva, Droz, 2006. 158 pp. Pb 28 SwF. The late Evert van der Starre, one of the most astute of Queneau's commentators, provides in this short but packed study close readings of selected fiction, poems, essays, articles and diaries, not pedantically but, in the best sense, comprehensively. Before undertaking the editorship of the Pléiade encyclopaedia for Gallimard, Queneau had shown hostility to H. G. Wells's project of a world encyclopaedia. In the 1930s, Queneau had himself assembled an Encyclopédie des sciences inexactes, devoted to nineteenth-century fous littéraires, which he partly inserted into his novel Les Enfants du limon, as no publisher would touch his total monstrosity. Ency-clopaedias clearly demand broad-mindedness. Van der Starre quotes the wise words from Le Chiendent, about wedding guests opening up to strangers. Unsnobbishly, Queneau compares this banal passage from egocentrism to polycentrism with Copernicus' revolutionary astronomy. He was using the English term 'broadminded' already in 1922, when he first donned spectacles. The diary he kept from teenhood onwards, fruitfully mined by van der Starre, records this quiet ambition: 'Un jour, j'essaierai de noter tout'. Van der Starre focuses on the tug between continuity and discontinuity in diary-keeping. The apparently unbroken production belt of a diary in fact engenders dispersion: we may live from day to day, but we have to stagger and shape our understanding of this heterogeneous material. Queneau wittily transmogrified the Heraclitean flux into 'You never plonk your plates of meat twice into the same briny'. Van der Starre stresses the need for many diarists to reread foregoing entries, in the search for a continuum, be it that of ignorance or doubt. He courteously criticizes those Quenaquatiques who seek to turn Queneau into some kind of Christian-without-God, by reason of the frequent mentions in his Journal of the mystic Orientalist René Guénon. To this end, he quotes some self-damning, quasi-papal statements by Guénon, and is not alone in wondering why the writer we love seems to have been besotted with him. All he can suggest is the attraction of opposites. 041b061a72


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