Thursday, October 29, 2009


By Francis C. W. Fung, PH.D.

The “Rule of the Golden Mean” is a Western doctrine for balanced
living and proper handling of human contradictions. A comparable
System of Belief in the East is the “Way of the Golden Mean.” Contrary
to conventional wisdom, the philosophy of the Golden Mean is not
against progress. It is the highest value of progress through dialogue
and consultation. Its true essence is to prevent ideological extremism
from taking hold. It is definitely opposed to the current religious
confrontational strife. That is why it is the value of Golden Mean. This
broad East and West concept of balance, when earnestly applied
globally, can be the solution for resolving extreme disparity between
rich and poor, minimizing religious confrontations and restoring
ecological balance for sustainable development.

In the current desire for good global governance we must also begin
with Harmony Diplomacy. Harmony Diplomacy, as defined here, can be
the Golden Rule of Global Governance. Harmony Diplomacy can be
conceived as the common value of the most fluid-like, dynamic
balance; encompassing tolerance, mutual respect, acceptance, equity
and humility to achieve world harmony. Truth in world affairs, unlike
mathematics, often is the Golden Mean between two opposite sides.
When one powerful nation forcing its belief on other weak nations as
the only absolute truth, it ignores the reality of diversity and defies
reason. This is well documented by Al Gore in his most recent book,
“The Assault on Reason.”

The above theory, advancing human common aspirations in today’s
conflicted world, has been resonating worldwide. The author in
resonance with world harmony has also published widely articles
advocating Harmony Diplomacy. “Harmony Diplomacy Essential for
World Development”, “Power Diplomacy Must Evolve Towards Harmony
Diplomacy”, “Harmony Diplomacy in Work”, “Harmony Diplomacy:
China’s Commitment to World Harmony” and many other related
articles can be seen on Google, Yahoo search and Xinhua Net.

Good global governance is the foundation for a harmonious world. To
pursue world harmony is the common destiny for the human race.
Good global governance must include new world political and economic
order to build international democracy. We must promote global
cooperation through mutual win-win development and resolve conflicts
through dialogue and consultation. We must strengthen the United
Nation through needed reform to discourage unilateralism and
extremism. All these global undertakings can only begin when major
nations of the world start practicing Harmony Diplomacy.

A grand strategy of Harmony Diplomacy to build world harmony must
be able to face the challenges of today’s unilateralism, extremism, rich
and poor disparity and ecology unsustainability. The important
elements of a grand Harmony Diplomacy strategy must include
dialogue and consultation, win-win mutual development, unity in
diversity, tolerance and openness, equity and humility. Harmony
Diplomacy must act through equal, friendly and open dialogue and
consultation to achieve mutual understanding, trust and respect. This
is to accomplish the greatest possible harmony consensus among
nations of the world.

Harmony Diplomacy is to seek commonality and minimize
confrontational difference. In the desire to foster win-win common
development we must take a long strategic view.
The reality of the world is multi cultural and not all in sync of the path
and stage of development. We must accept and tolerate different
economic and political development. Old colonial mentality and big
power chauvinism will never be accepted again. By forcing our culture
and value on weak nations is counter productive to Harmony
Diplomacy. The best governance system is a nation’s own harmonious
system developed from within in active interaction with globalization.
The objective of Harmony Diplomacy is to pursue a higher level of
human accomplishment beyond European Renaissance through World
Harmony Renaissance. Harmony is an ideal; Renaissance gives it life.
The human race relieved of cultural conflicts, political infighting and
religious strife will be invigorated by new creative energy. This new
found vigor will bring humans to the next phase of true global
development that we are waiting for.

To be more specific, through greater Harmony Consensus we will
minimize the chances of war and bring about more lasting peace.
Without Harmony Consensus, peace can only be temporary. When
nations set their sights on win-win mutual development, common
world prosperity can be realized. In so doing, the rich and poor
disparity can be reduced and the North and South gap breached. The
world will be more level. All nations can finally enjoy the fruits of our
common cultural and economic accomplishments.

Harmony Consensus, encompassing harmony with nature is the order
of nature. It will rally world citizenship to be more conscious and
united to protect our common environment. For world sustainable
development we must at last move in lock step to strive to conserve
energy and resources and protect the environment. As severe as the
effects of climate change may be, the world will run out of precious
resources sooner because of the current wonton consumption.

Most of all, the current world order is far from democratic. Harmony
Diplomacy, through the essential principle of dialogue, consultation,
negotiation and harmony consensus, can pave the way for a more just
and democratic world order. In Harmony Renaissance, we can finally
rediscover the wisdom of tolerance, acceptance, mutual respect and
humility. The harmony universal common value will give the human
race the necessary true inner peace and strength, to face the diverse
and daunting challenges of a world in catastrophic disharmony and
extreme self- destruct- selfishness.

Francis C. W. Fung, PH.D.
Director General
World Harmony Organization

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