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We all come to this world with a common pursuit—HAPPINESS, a psychological well-being  associated to such good feelings as contented, joyful, relaxed, worriless, etc.


Many sages have provided insights into HAPPINESS. For Zhuangzi, one of the most influential philosophers of Taoism, “Happiness means to live for freedom and truth.” And Maslow’s hierarchy of need describes it as fulfilling physiological needs, safety needs, social belonging, esteem, self-actualization, and self-transcendence.


However, in a world where billions of individuals are pursuing the same thing, how can we meet our need preferably while keeping a healthy relationship with others?


The best approach is to have a perfect brain that serves for creativity, confidence, inclusiveness, and aesthetic perception. With creativity, we are competent in producing new ideas. Confidence gives us the courage to risk it all. Being inclusive, we are always ready to embrace diversity and divergence. Lastly, a good aesthetic perception leads to high-level artistic intelligence. 



YMM’s AngiospermKernel-FleshModel


How do we possess such a brain? Can we design one for ourselves from childhood?


The clue lies in plant propagation in nature. There are mainly three models:

a) Spore-producing plants

E.g. fern or moss relies on the large number of spores

b) Gymnosperms

E.g. a pine nut with an “unbreakable” shell to avoid animal’s attack in seed transmission

c) Angiosperms (Kernel-Flesh)

E.g. a peach with flesh coating its kernel, also the seed, to feed animals who help with seed transmission by discarding or excreting the “indigestible” part. 



Of all the three models, spore-producing plants have a relatively slim chance of survival in multiplying. Gymnosperms are more advanced in that they usually use shells to protect seeds. Further, Angiosperms are at the top of plant evolution and development for natural propagation. In this Kernel-Flesh model, there appears to be a happy marriage between the seeds and the animals (the seed carriers / disseminators), in which the plants meet the demands, balancing the Self and Otherness at the same time.


By analogy, the Kernel-Flesh model can be replicated for designing the perfect brain: Children’s nature resembles the seed, a hard kernel deeply rooted in their brain and a fixed database of genes. Through art education, we can coat the “kernel” with “flesh”, layer by layer, from “taste”, “competence”, to “refinement”; thus helping children develop the perfect brain with creativity, inclusiveness, taste and intact human instincts. Here is how we do it:


Taste — style + temperament — aesthetic education

Competence — intelligence + innovation — creativity training

Refinement — inclusiveness + peace — multicultural experience

Confidence — fulfillment + bravery — all above



We believe that, through aesthetic education, creative training, and multicultural experience, children will develop a creative and inclusive mentality, and become competent persons of fine taste and refinement. They will have the confidence and courage to lead a fulfilled life of happiness. The Kernel-Flesh model is the core of YMM’s educational philosophy.