Whenever I'm feeling downcast about the things-fall-apart budgetary / environmental / business-ethics / social-justice trends reported in the news, I know where to turn. The Chinese press is a reliable source of uplift. Here's one example, involving nationwide happiness, and another, involving brain-eating worms.
As it turns out, this sage advice via China Daily is a reference to a very interesting article by a serving US Navy officer, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Harper, which you can read at the USNI site and about which I plan to say more later. For now, I hope these views from China have boosted your spirits as much as they did mine.
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