The custom of saying “Please” and “Thank You” dates back to the rural marketplaces of yesteryear. They represented a show gratitude — a simple, yet powerful, act that enabled people of different classes to give impression of social equality, and to thereby freely engage in the world of commercial dealings.

Christine Gross-Loh, renowned journalist and co-author of The New York Times and International Bestseller, The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life, argues that the evolution of “Please” and “Thank You” forms the basis for our modern understanding of human equality.

Christine sat down with IVY Magazine to discuss the power of those magic words, and to share insights from her book on the counter-intuitive brilliance of Chinese philosophy, and its relevance to our lives today.

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