Monday, June 13, 2016

UNITY OF MANKIND IS A PHILOSOPHY, CANNOT BE A RELIGION NOR NATIONAL POLITICS BY FRANCIS C W FUNG, PH.D.

UNITY OF MANKIND IS A PHILOSOPHY, CANNOT BE A RELIGION NOR NATIONAL POLITICS BY FRANCIS C W FUNG, PH.D. I listened to Obama on June 12,2016 spoke out against one of the most horrific single terrorist shooting in the world as leader of the most powerful and prosperous nation, a Nobel peace laureate no less. I was extremely disappointed. In his high sounding speech, he spoke only of unity of America that America must unite under “our value”. He left out completely the cause of terrorism and our responsibility that it may arise from the conflicts of cultures and to some degree terrorism may be the direct result of our misadventure in the Middle East. He never spoke about the UNITY of MANKIND, that under this great unity, cultural conflict and thus terrorism may be minimized. UNITY of MANKIND is not a new philosophy, in fact in the ancient civilization of China, dating back to 2000 years ago, during the days of Waring States, Confucius travelled from State to State to teach UNITY of MANKIND. His sayings that “All men are brothers within the four seas” and “the day of great world unity will surely come” still ring in our ears today. The Baha’i Faith preaches a unity of mankind under the Baha’I Faith. U.S. preaches a unity of mankind that is based on our “universal values”. For those nations who do not believe in our “universal values” we are free to use our military power to launch “regime change” as in our Iraq and Afghanistan misadventures that led to the current terrorism movements. For discussion purpose, I classified UNITY OF MANKIND believes under three categories, namely philosophical, religious and national political. The Baha’i Faith Unity of Mankind is preconditioned on the doctrine that one must accept the Baha’i teaching and the one true God. The U.S. Unity of Mankind is preconditioned of every nation accept our political system of universal suffrage. Universal suffrage may appeal to individualism but at risk of overlooking group welfares of a nation. In order to implement the U.S. idea of Unity of Mankind, America is obsessed with the idea of leadership by absolute military power to the demise of the occupied nation’s welfare. As an ancient culture China was a nation of philosophy. China did not have a national religion, it embraced foreign religions, neither did China had a unified political ideology. After the period of “Let hundreds of (Philosophical) schools contend. Let hundreds of flowers bloom” during Warring States China settled down to Confucian philosophy to guide family order, national stability and world unity as mentioned earlier. After the last 30 some years of economic progress in China, President Xi Jingping is sounding a call of letting philosophy flourish. He is calling for seizing the current critical development period to rejuvenate and innovate philosophical revival. In a June 12, 2016 speech, he called for reviving philosophy (See my paper “TIME FOR PHILOSOPHY TO FLOURISH REJUVENATION OF CHINA AND HARMONY FOR THE WORLD) by launching a nationwide system engineering program that will include approaches of continuing ancient philosophy and preserving national characteristics at the same time innovate and keep up to day by opening up, also exhibiting systematic and professional thinking. In implementation he advised all government officials to think more about philosophy than political ideology; he restructures Marxism Research Institutes by expanding their philosophical content by rewriting Marxism and Maoism as philosophy; he also requires engineering teaching institutes and universities to establish philosophy departments and high school and university textbooks to increase philosophy contents. I believe President Xi’s programs will lead China back to its cultural tradition of Middle Kingdom rich in philosophy. World Unity as I shall expound in the following can only achieved by diverse philosophical thoughts rather than religions nor national political ideology. World Unity in simple terms is just multipolar globalization without hegemony and religious strife. The world connectivity as proposed by President Xi’s “One Belt One Road” initiative is a very important step. One Belt One road initiative revives the ancient silk road by connecting 60 % of the world population into a community of common destiny of mutual development. In basic terms the new silk road is the connectivity philosophy that can be shared by different culture. It is a concept that benefits the world. That is why it still binds the world, despite the different names that is conceived by different affinity regions. In China it is called the One belt One road initiative, in Russia it is called the Eurasia Union and in Mongolia and Arab it is called the Great Caravan Road. Philosophy is not doctrine based. It is often inclusive of different cultures, thus the same philosophy can be internalized in different cultural images, thus more universal. The world in long term perspective tends towards greater unity. Due to the advancement of transportation and communication, unity of mankind is often talked about and long overdue. The remaining question is how we are going to achieve unity. Of the three approaches the more likely candidate is through diverse but inclusive philosophy concepts but leading to the same end results as discussed in the above new silk road example. Both religions and politics as doctrines tend to be engrossed in jargons that demand strict following. Philosophy is the highest human form of cultural thinking that does not abide by religious or political commands. In the long term philosophy is going to outlast religion or political ideology. Philosophy as inclusive thinking is likely more free and human spirited. Religion demands obedience to the almighty God and politics demand obedience to the political party. Philosophy can flourish without higher organization control. I believe European Renaissance enlightenment did not go far enough as to replace religion by the then flourishing philosophy. In comparison, philosophy is the highest form of human endeavor that questions the meaning of life, the existence of God and the purpose of government. As such it allows the freest, no boundary and most timeless thinking. Religion is preconditioned upon faith upon one true God and all the human institution trappings that go with that religion. The fundamental clash among different religions has always been which religion represents the one true God. As to political ideology, U.S. being the strongest military power in the world, claims world leadership and hence the only political system with universal truth. In fact the U.S. government often indulges in short term and selfish thinking. U.S. hegemony is known not to accept multipolar thinking is against Unity of Mankind consist of diverse culture. On the contrary as explained in the above example of connectivity philosophy of new silk road contains diverse cultural elements to achieve connectivity. Furthermore, the return of Unity of Mankind as a philosophy called for by President Xi will be the most outstanding example for the world that will set the motion for world unity. Chinese culture has a natural affinity for diversity. The most famous theme for Chinese traditional painting is hundreds of birds or peonies to mean happiness and prosperity. This is a reflection of Chinese ancient believe of “Let hundreds of school contend. Let hundreds of flowers bloom” during the Warring States. In time the One Belt, One Road connectivity initiative and Unity of Mankind philosophy called for by president Xi will lead to the 21st century Globalization that will bring the world to the next level of development beyond European Renaissance and the 20th century globalization. The world will finally realize true inclusive unity of mankind with China again become the Middle Kingdom( See my Paper China will again be the Middle Kingdom in 21st Century). In Service of World Harmony Francis C W Fung, Ph.D. Director General World Harmony Organization San Francisco, CA

Saturday, June 11, 2016

THE CHINESE RENAISSANCE AND GREAT ENTREPRENEUR REVOLUTION UNDER PRESIDENT XI JINGPING UPDATED BY FRANCIS C W FUNG, PH.D.

THE CHINESE RENAISSANCE AND GREAT ENTREPRENEUR REVOLUTION UNDER PRESIDENT XI JINGPING UPDATED BY FRANCIS C W FUNG, PH.D. David Gosset, founder of the Euro-China Forum, in a paper titled “The Sino-Western Relations in a World of Change” proposed a mutually transformative co-existence as a balance between new forms of governance and a new form of ancient Chinese socio-political practices. He suggested that this coexistence is one of the major real life counter-arguments to Francis Fukuyama’s narrative on the End of History by the current Chinese Renaissance and its effect on the world system. What are behind the current Chinese Renaissance are the major movements of China Dream and Rejuvenation initiated by President Xi Jingping since he came to power in2013. Xi followed up with his Chinese Renaissance effort with his promotion to bring back ancient Chinese cultural teaching and values as summarized by my paper “Time for Philosophy to Flourish, rejuvenation of China and Harmony of the World Updated” China as ancient Middle Kingdom was most prosperous during Han, Tang and Song dynasties when China was also most open. President Xi’s initiative of “The New Silkroad Economic Belt and 21st Century Marine Silkroad”(One Belt One Road” in short) will open China to the world far beyond the ancient Silkroad. In a paper titled “China will Again be the Middle Kingdom in 21st Century” I foresaw the coming of the China centered 21st century globalization that will bring a broader and more prosperous world replacing the waning 20th century globalization, which came to an end due to the 2008 financial crises caused by U.S. toxic financial assets. The 21st Century great vision of “One Belt One Road” combined with China’s current great Entrepreneurship Revolution will continue to drive the 21st century globalization to new heights of world prosperity. In David Gosset’s paper he stated that “China is at the dawn of a Great Entrepreneurship Revolution in 2015, around 8 private companies have been registered every minute in the country- 12,000 new companies registered per day. The connections between Western and Chinese private entrepreneurs guarantee the continuation of China’s opening up will create not only global economic but also social values. Western modernity has positively contributed to the transformation of China but a metamorphosed and global China can take the world to another of prosperity and human development.” In another of my paper titled ”Why President Xi Jingping is good for China and World Harmony”, I demonstrated that President Xi’s many comprehensive and inclusive visions qualify him as the most effective world statesman of the 21st century. Under his leadership China will become the Middle Kingdom again leading the world to a new 21st century globalized prosperity that will be more comprehensive and inclusive than the 20th century vanishing globalization led by the U.S. The 21st century globalization brings a more harmonious world minus U.S. hegemony. This world harmony will be maintained by a mutually transformative coexistence, a balance between new forms of governance and ancient socio-political practices exemplified by Chinese Renaissance. This is what David Gosset hoped in his paper “that the future world will be a major real life counter argument to Francis Fukuyama’s narrative on The end of History” In Service of World Harmony Francis C W Fung,Ph.D. Director General World Harmony Organization San Francisco, CA

THE CHINESE RENAISSANCE AND GREAT ENTREPRENEUR REVOLUTION UNDER PRESIDENT XI JINGPING BY FRANCIS C W FUNG, PH.D.

THE CHINESE RENAISSANCE AND GREAT ENTREPRENEUR REVOLUTION UNDER PRESIDENT XI JINGPING BY FRANCIS C W FUNG, PH.D. David Gosset, founder of the Euro-China Forum, in a paper titled “The Sino-Western Relations in a World of Change” proposed a mutually transformative co-existence as a balance between new forms of governance and a new form of ancient Chinese socio-political practices. He suggested that this coexistence is one of the major real life counter-arguments to Francis Fukuyama’s narrative on the End of History by the current Chinese Renaissance and its effect on the world system. What are behind the current Chinese Renaissance are the major movements of China Dream and Rejuvenation initiated by President Xi Jingping since he came to power in2013. Xi followed up with his Chinese Renaissance effort with his promotion to bring back ancient Chinese cultural teaching and values as summarized by my paper “Time for Philosophy to Flourish, rejuvenation of China and Harmony of the World Updated” China as ancient Middle Kingdom was most prosperous during Han, Tang and Song dynasties when China was also most open. President Xi’s initiative of “The New Silkroad Economic Belt and 21st Century Marine Silkroad”(One Belt One Road” in short) will open China to the world far beyond the ancient Silkroad. In a paper titled “The China will Again be the Middle Kingdom in 21st Century” I foresaw the coming of the China centered 21st century globalization that will bring a broader and more prosperous world replacing the waning 20th century globalization, which came to an end due to the 2008 financial crises caused by U.S. toxic financial assets. The 21st Century great vision of “One Belt One Road” combined with China’s current great Entrepreneurship Revolution will continue to drive the 21st century globalization to new heights of world prosperity. In David Gusset’s paper he stated that “China is at the dawn of a Great Entrepreneurship Revolution in 2015, around 8 private companies have been registered every minute in the country- 12,000 new companies registered per day. The connections between Western and Chinese private entrepreneurs guarantee the continuation of China’s opening up will create not only global economic but also social values. Western modernity has positively contributed to the transformation of China but a metamorphosed and global China can take the world to another of prosperity and human development.” In another of my paper titled ”Why President Xi Jingping is good for China and World Harmony”, I demonstrated that President Xi’s many comprehensive and inclusive visions qualify him as the most effective world statesman of the 21st century. Under his leadership China will become the Middle Kingdom again leading the world to a new 21st century globalized prosperity that will be more comprehensive and inclusive than the 20th century vanishing globalization led by the U.S. The 21st century globalization brings a more harmonious world minus U.S. hegemony. This world harmony will be maintained by a mutually transformative coexistence, a balance between new forms of governance and ancient socio-political practices exemplified by Chinese Renaissance. This is what David Gosset hoped in his paper that the future world will be a major real life counter argument to Francis Fukuyama’s narrative on “The end of History” In Service of World Harmony Francis C W Fung,Ph.D. Director General World Harmony Organization San Francisco, CA

Thursday, May 26, 2016

TIME FOR PHILOSOPHY TO FLOURISH REJUVENATION OF CHINA AND HARMONY FOR THE WORLD, UPDATED

TIME FOR PHILOSOPHY TO FLOURISH REJUVENATION OF CHINA AND HARMONY FOR THE WORLD, UPDATED "Xi, it is time for philosophy to flourish." Rejuvenation of China is the rise of Chinese culture. Philosophy is human wisdom above religion. It is the soul of a nation. Human created God, not the other way around. Harmony is the essence of philosophy, rule of nature. Philosophy is the highest human abstract thinking. In all art form it can soar above heaven. It is human wisdom without limit. Human strength comes from self-discipline. It comes from within. It can be guided by a self-founded national philosophy, not law imposed from outside. Philosophy is usually comes as guidance and up to self-discipline. U.S. crime and drug problems ultimately can only solved by self-discipline and not by law alone. Chinese culture is strong in philosophy and self-discipline. Philosophy propagates by resonance. China did not need to use force to spread its ancient culture. Yet Chinese styled Confucian culture is practiced all over the world especially in Asia. American culture is strong in law and ideology. They are not inherent human nature like philosophy. Thus America is inclined to preach and forcefully interfering in other countries domestic affairs. In today's fast internet world and social media we must learn eastern philosophy guidance with self-discipline. Western liberal thinking teaches us behaviors without self-restraint. All Confucian scholars know we must discipline ourselves with good virtue, learn to manage our family harmoniously before we can govern our nation for the benefit of our people, then we can bring peace and harmony to the world. Eastern philosophy teaches meritocracy and world unity. All men are brothers within the four seas. We are constantly reminded of this belief. The merits of Eastern philosophy teach us to uphold the mantra of community of common destiny. This belief will cultivate the necessary win-win cooperation spirit for world harmony. Western extreme liberal thinking breeds selfishness and aggression. That is the reason today’s world is mired in hopeless self-destruction. Harmony and peace can only be achieved by a rebalance of East and West culture. For world peace and harmony America and China must learn from each other. In service of harmony Francis C W Fung, PH.D. Director General World Harmony Organization San Francisco, CA

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

BRIEF TALE OF CHINESE UNIFICATION PAST PRESENT FUTURE RETURN OF MIDDLE KINGDOM BY FRANCIS C W FUNG, PH.D.

BRIEF TALE OF CHINESE UNIFICATION PAST PRESENT FUTURE RETURN OF MIDDLE KINGDOM BY FRANCIS C W FUNG, PH.D. Chinese people are very diverse and individualistic because of the hilly nature of its landscape divides the nation into multitude of regions by dialect, traditions and cuisines. China cascades down towards the East and North in steps that keep the nation separated. Until modern times travel to different regions of different elevation had not been easy. James Fallow, the consummate reporter on China, once said that compare to the U.S., the Chinese people are connected loosy goosy and hard to unite even today. The Chinese 20th century revolutionary Sun Yatsen frustrated by the difficulties to unite China had the famous saying that Chinese people are like a pan of loose sand lack of cohesion. That is why in Chinese history, leaders who could unite China are heroes and were highly regarded by Chinese people. Leaders such as Qin Shi Huang Di, first emperor of Han dynasty ( Han Gao Tsu), first emperor of Tang Dynasty (LI Sei Ming)and last but not the least, Mao Tzetung , the father of modern China, are all fondly remembered by all Chinese people as unifier and national heroes. To this day Chinese people still call themselves as Han people despite its diversity. It is quite amazing that one billion diverse people call themselves Han people as a whole. That is unique in human civilization except in religions that bound people together by pretense of super natural God. However despite the name Han race and the establishment of the Middle Kingdom over two thousand years, Chines people are prone to division and hard to unite because of its people’s diversity. The unification of China had always relied on force and charismatic leaders such as Qin Shi Huang Di Han Goa Tsu and Mao Tsetung. Despite the existence of one common language China remain divided by a multitude of different dialects due to its difficult terrains that divide the nation into regional parts. China never had an unifying national religion such as Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. Instead China has a Hodge podge religion that comprised of all abovereligions. To this day according to a recent Pew international survey only 3% of Chinese people think that religion is important in their life. This the lowest percentage among all nations surveyed. In contrast Ethiopia scored 98% and U.S. scored 53% in the middle of the survey. In this sense the U.S. is more united than China and easier to govern. Without the adhesive power of a unifying national religion as in all major nations of the world, each dynasty of China including the foreign Manchu dynasty that came to power rely on Confucian philosophy to govern China. However Confucian philosophy does not have a unifying all powerful mighty God to provide adhesion as in all other major nations of the world. That is why every two or three hundred years the Chinese empire felt apart and a new leader must reconquer China by military force. In the modern era after the fall of the Manchu empire the influence of Confucian philosophy is on the wane especially after the Cultural Revolution and Mao’s death. In contemporary China both Confucian philosophy and Communism established by Mao vanished under the assault of foreign influence during the last forty years of reform and open up. China is now badly in need of an unifying force. Unlike other major nations in the world as demonstrated by the previous Pew survey China does not have a bonding faith. Contrary to many Western media’s wish China is not about to engage in a Gobachev sting of instant Westernization. Nor will China follow the example of political reform of South Korea and Taiwan as suggested by James Fallow and other Western think tanks. Chana needs to revive its ancient culture as roots for rejuvenation. Fortunately for China since Xi Jingping became president of China in 2013 he launched successfully with great visions the China Dream and Chinese rejuvenation. Chinese rejuvenation is to overcome past 100 years of humiliation by Western powers. This is the dream of all Chinese intellectuals after the fall of Qing dynasty. The Chinese rejuvenation of President Xi Jingping has two centenary goals. First is to build a modestly prosperous China (Xiaokong society) by 2020 the centenary of birth of Chinese Communist party, the second is to build a modern and harmonious China by 2049 the centenary birth of modern China. These two objectives of China are part of President Xi Jingping’s vision to unite China. As predicted by many Chinese and Western scholars these two objectives will last as long as the aspiration is valid. China will need new faith as adhesion after the centenary objectives are achieved. Fortunately for China again President Xi Jingping has the vision to see that China needs to revive ancient Chinese culture and philosophy to rejuvenate. Recently he wisely launched movements to revive Confucianism and Chinese ancient philosophy. Please refer to his speech titled “It is time for philosophy to flourish” and my essay “Time for philosophy to flourish rejuvenation of China and harmony for the world”. Today under Xi Jingping initiative China announced that traditional culture to play bigger role in textbooks. Wang Xuming, the president of Language and Culture Press, said that the new high school textbooks are aimed at improving students' moral standards and promoting traditional culture by including more Chinese classics. This is one of the greatest policies for China to adopt. As Xi points out the return to Chinese cultural roots is essential base to build China rejuvenation. This will restore Chinese confidence to launch a new future belief system. This is timely and necessary; the whole nation endorses the policy. Because of president Xi Jingping’s vision to launch China dream, rejuvenation of China plus his “One belt One road “ initiatives (Silk road economic belt and 21st century marine time silk road) to unify China Xi is regarded as the great hero of today’s China. All previous Chinese unifying rulers of China such as Qin Shi Huang Di, Han Gaotsu, Tang Minghuang and Mao Tzetung all used military power. In contrast Xi used soft power such as philosophy, ancient culture, concept of community of common destiny, win win mutual development to unify China and the world. It is easy to see that China will soon be the Middle Kingdom with revived Confucian culture and rejuvenated power again. The biggest fear of Chinese people is chaos and instability. Chinese people want peace and harmony by ancient culture teaching. That is why they regard unifiers as heroes. To sum up President Xi Jingping’s prescription for China and the world are rejuvenation of China for a multipolar world, “One belt one road” infrastructures for world connectivity, win-win mutual development, community of common destiny and finally let philosophy flourish around the world. All these prescriptions in time will bring peace and harmony to China and the World!!!! In Service of world harmony Francis C W Fung, Ph.D. Director General

Thursday, May 19, 2016

TIME FOR PHILOSOPHY TO FLOURISH REJUVENATION OF CHINA AND HARMONY FOR THE WORLD

TIME FOR PHILOSOPHY TO FLOURISH REJUVENATION OF CHINA AND HARMON FOR THE WORLD "Xi, it is time for philosophy to flourish." Rejuvenation of China is the rise of Chinese culture. Philosophy is human wisdom above religion. It is the soul of a nation. Human created God, not the other way around. Harmony is the essence of philosophy, rule of nature. Philosophy is the highest human abstract thinking. In all art form it can soar above heaven. It is human wisdom without limit. Human strength comes from self-discipline. It comes from within. It can be guided by a self-founded national philosophy, not law imposed from outside. Philosophy is usually comes as guidance and up to self-discipline. U.S. crime and drug problems ultimately can only solved by self-discipline and not by law alone. Chinese culture is strong in philosophy and self-discipline. Philosophy propagates by resonance. China did not need to use force to spread its ancient culture. Yet Chinese styled Confucian culture is practiced all over the world especially in Asia. American culture is strong in law and ideology. They are not inherent human nature like philosophy. Thus America is inclined to preach and forcefully interfering in other countries domestic affairs. In today's fast internet world and social media we must convey eastern philosophy guidance with self-discipline. Western liberal thinking teaches us behaviors without self-restraint. All Confucian scholars know we must discipline ourselves with good virtue, learn to manage our family harmoniously before we can govern our nation for the benefit of our people. Eastern philosophy teaches meritocracy and world unity. All men are brothers within the four seas. We are constantly reminded of this belief. The merits of Eastern philosophy teach us to uphold the mantra of community of common destiny. This belief will cultivate the necessary win-win cooperation spirit for world harmony. Western extreme liberal thinking breeds selfishness and aggression. That is the reason today’s world is mired in hopeless self-destruction. Harmony and peace can only be achieved by a rebalance of East and West culture. For world peace and harmony America and China must learn from each other. In service of harmony Francis C W Fung, PH.D. Director General World Harmony Organization San Francisco, CA

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

REJUVENATION OF CHINA, TIME FOR PHILOSOPHY TO FLOURISH

REJUVENATION OF CHINA, TIME FOR PHILOSOPHY TO FLOURISH "Xi, it is time for philosophy to flourish." Rejuvenation of China is the rise of Chinese culture. Philosophy is human wisdom above religion. It is the soul of a nation. Human created God, not the other way around. Harmony is the essence of philosophy, rule of nature. Philosophy is the highest human abstract thinking. In all art form it can soar above heaven. It is human wisdom without limit. Human strength comes from self-discipline. It comes from within. It must be guided by a well-founded philosophy, not law imposed from outside. U.S. crime and drug problems ultimately can only solved by self-discipline and not by law alone. Chinese culture is strong in philosophy and self-discipline. Philosophy propagates by resonance. China did not need to use force to spread its ancient culture. American culture is strong in law and ideology. They are not inherent human nature like philosophy. Thus America is inclined to preach and forcefully interfering in other countries domestic affairs. In today's fast internet world. Harmony and peace can only be achieved by a balance of East and West culture. For world peace and harmony America and China must learn from each other. In service of harmony Francis C W Fung, PH.D. Director General World Harmony Organization San Francisco, CA