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Goldberg: Reminders that in China, life is a job

Goldberg: Reminders that in China, life is a job

"Vita est lavorum."

That's Latin for "Life is a job." I didn't learn that in school or even from a book. I learned that from Father Guido Sarducci.

For younger readers, that name may draw a blank. Father Guido wasn't a real person. He was a fictional priest played by comedian and writer Don Novello, and was a regular guest on "Saturday Night Live" in the 1970s and '80s.

His most famous routine involved explaining how a secret letter discovered at the Vatican revealed the truth of what happens when you die. In the past, the church believed that a worthy soul would leave the body like a bubble at the bottom of a 7-Up bottle. The purer your...

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