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The most important feature of modernity is its contradictoriness. Internal, eminent contradictions define modernity as such, in spite of endless efforts to externalize and transport contradictions across geopolitical boundaries. A prominent example of such an externalization or transportation is colonialism, by which European capitalism turned all the social and economic contradictions of capitalist modernization into worldwide ones. Of course, externalization took place at ideological and, indeed, epistemological levels, too.
19 Just as postmodernism in the West tries to dissolve autonomy and the boundaries between culture and other social spheres, and to place culture at the core of social life, so the Chinese searches for an alternative modernity puts culture at the heart of its project. This may be explained in terms 12 aesthetics and marxism of nonsynchronicity or uneven development, but the concepts themselves must be significantly modified. The conceptual migration and overlap among modernity, an alternative modernity, and postmodernity should be understood as a result of historical multilinearity, and spatial and temporal asymmetry.
To lack is to be in the state of suffering. . Our life is like a pendulum, swinging perpetually between suffering and boredom. Of course boredom can also be viewed as a kind of suffering. We call happiness the state in which the two [suffering and boredom] are relinquished. However, we must strive strenuously for happiness, in addition to the suffering we already experience. Striving is a kind of suffering, too. . Suffering increases rather than decreases as the world culture expands, for the more progressive culture becomes, and broader it expands [human] knowledge, the more [human] desires.