WORLD HARMONY, IS IT ACHIEVABLE? WHAT PROMISES LIE AHEAD?
BY FRANCIS C W FUNG, PH.D.
Let us examine the World Media Summit held in Beijing Oct 8 to 10, 2009. This is a significant step towards a more harmonious world by bringing all the world media together for the first time of modern history. Some called it the Olympics of Media. 170 world media and over 300 delegates attended. These included the eight biggest world media house presidents, CEO’s from Xinhua, AP, Reuters, Time Warner, BBC, Newsgroup, Tass, Japanese United Press and Google. The concluding Joint Statement emphasized increased win-win cooperation in expanding world multicultural reporting and also specifically called for more diverse, accurate, fair and impartial reporting.
We at World Harmony Organization (WHO) work for Harmony Renaissance to bring harmony, a universal value back. Harmony is being neglected because of the world is driven by racial, religious and ideological strife. Harmony Renaissance is needed as the ultimate resolution to unshackle us and to reverse the tide of human self destruction and environmental degradation. Harmony with mankind and with nature is necessary for our sustainable development and survival.
World Harmony is achievable because the cycle of self destruction and deception is reversing. We can see it coming. The world is heading towards mutual win win development. We are beginning to be aware that world development is not a zero sum game. World Harmony can be simply defined as a multilateral world set on the course of win win development. This will release the energy for mankind to work for common prosperity.
Harmony as a guiding faith is very broad. It includes peace within oneself, relations between people, within family, between citizens and nations, harmony among nations and between man and nature. Democracy is nothing but harmony between citizen and their government. Environmental ecology is simply harmony of man with nature.
The practice of harmony can be simply defined as the following twelve virtues: Tolerance, Acceptance, Respect, Equality, Gentleness, Forgiveness, Patience, Humility, Conservation, Ecology, Unity with Nature and Unity of Mankind. With these practices firmly in mind World Harmony is on the way to be achievable.
What promises lie in the future? In the future we will see further growth of developing countries and multilateralism. This will lead to a more harmonious balance of East and West, North and South dialogues and cultural exchange. The world is poised for win win mutual development. World development is not a zero sum game as some might think. The best way to develop is openness and learning from the best of each culture so as to move towards common prosperity.
The big media houses and others come together because of new challenges from the marching of the developing world and changes of technology and market orientation. Powerful world media working for more harmonious reporting is a major breakthrough for the cause of World Harmony. The Western powers have dominated the world stage and news reporting for the last two centuries. By conceding to cooperation and win-win development in world news reporting the stage is set for inevitable improvement of East West and North South relation. This is the important single step the world must take to avoid self destruction and deception. We are seeing the coming of a brave new world. We are very hopeful world harmony undertakings will flourish.
Harmony is universal. It embraces all human relations and our relation with the universe. Harmony is the underlying operating principle of the universe. Without harmony mankind will self destruct and the universe will not be eternal.
Francis C W Fung, Ph.D.
World Harmony Organization.