During the Middle Ages, the Chinese enjoyed a higher standard of living than almost any other contemporary nation. This high standard of living was made possible by their stable civilization, which for the most part had remained unbroken for centuries. While Europe was amid dark times, poverty, war and disease, China was flourishing, producing new art, science, and literary works.
Let us not forget that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
When a cat died in ancient Egypt pet owners shaved their eyebrows as a sign of mourning.