EUROPEAN RENAISSANCE AND HARMONY RENAISSANCE
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EUROPEAN RENAISSANCE AND HARMONY RENAISSANCE
Thank you for sharing with us your wisdom on ancient Chinese culture. Laotze, Confusius, Mohzi and their students have all passed to the world their harmony teaching. Harmony culture is the heritage of the world. All major religions of the world teach harmony (see appendix B). It is up to us to move the teaching forward to modernity. Harmony is a dynamic balance of extremes. It is the fundamental law of the universe. It is neither passive nor static. Any ancient teaching is subject to change to keep up with human progress, Confucius teaching is no exception.What we can learn from European Renaissance is that it took the rediscovery of ancient democratic ideals, after Dark Age and in four hundred years, evolved into today's democracy and modern science and technology. But that happened during the rise of the West.With the rise of Asia it is time for ancient harmony culture to evolve by Harmony Renaissance. This is the big picture. In our discussion, let us not lose sight of the big picture.
In a multilateral world, cultural interaction must be diverse. Cultural exchange cannot just flow from West to East unending. This one-sided unbalance is the cause most of today’s world conflicts. Harmony Renaissance brings a breath of fresh air from the East to the West. Harmony Renaissance is inevitable. It is the next creative energy wave mankind is waiting for. It will unshackle us from the bondage of current religious and political strife. Harmony Renaissance will bring us to the next level of human accomplishment beyond European Renaissance.Since Harmony is a universal common value, America the most endowed young dynamic country with Eastern influence, can advocate Harmony Renaissance also. What better place to start than the Bay Area? It can begin with President Obama; he is already practicing harmony diplomacy during his recent trips to Africa and Asia (see Appendix A).
Look for World Harmony Organization next paper “HARMONY DIPLOMACY CONVEYS ULTIMATE UNIVERSAL SOFT POWER”
In Service of Harmony RenaissanceSeasons
sEASONS Greetings from all Religions
Francis C W Fung, Ph.D.
World Harmony Organization
I do want to discuss with you guys about "harmony," "ideals," "values," "virtues," .... all these BIG topics. However, any big thing starts from small, and small things start from zero. You have not told me how an ordinary person improving self into such a noble person of the 12 virtues each of which, to me, is a star in the heaven. How do I climb the ladder to reach the star? Where does the ladder rest against in the air? A beautiful flower is to grow from some soil. Let's talk about how to make the soil first.By trade I am an engineer. An engineer always tries to apply what he/she learns to make things work and usable. From my training, I have learned that diversity, permutation, evolution, .... are natural phenomena. My degree is in science, and I do believe in science (study of the objective world,) and scientific method is the only method I know to expand my knowledge. In fact, I am very curious about how somebody else reaches an conclusion. In this process, I either learn something from this person, or perhaps this person would learn something from me. It would be a very joyous process.I don't think very high of Confucius whose "Ren Ai" are in many levels. The highest level is to the Emperor, next propabaly the father, .... Anyway, females such mothers were not in his consideration. Mohists were talking about "Qien Ai" that means to love all people the same. Zhuangzi was even more down to earth. He considered human was only a part of nature. "Tien Ren He Yi" was such a great concept 2,300 years ago and still great in modern times. These are the fundamental differences in the outlook of life among our ancient Chinese philosophers. Another thing I like about Mohists is that they were engineers (mechanical.) However, their invention were not recorded. According yo the history, actually Mohzi had higher accomplishment than that of Lu Ban. His pholosiphy was so highly regarded that his mechanicle inventions were overshadowed.I am now busy on designing an flyer for the Spring Festival Silicon Valley 2010 of which Aileen is our Chair. Now I have to get the sponsors to be listed on the flyer and on other promotional materials too. May I ask Francis that would you like to be a sponsor of this event? I do agree with Jim and Francisco that all people should learn from each other. Spring Festival performance would be an opportunity for the Americans to learn about our Chinese culture. I hope you all to support this event. As soon as I finish the flyer design, I would like to meet you all. How about wait until Aileen comes back from China?Happy Holidays!Ann
President Obama calls for greater inter-faith harmony Posted: Friday, June 5, 2009 7:08 pmEmail Print
US President Barrack Obama used his first visit to Africa to call for religious harmony and an end to Islamic extremism often expressed violently. In his speech in Cairo yesterday, President Obama emphasized that “the people of the world can live together in peace. We know that is God's vision. Now, that must be our work here on Earth.”People should come together regardless of religious and racial differences and root out extremists who threaten world peace, the President said.He declared that the US is interested in raising the economic, education scientific status of Muslim communities around the world through exchange programs.“I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles - principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”His speech comes at a time that relations between the United States and the Muslim world are strained. After the September 9/11 continued efforts by extremists to engage in violence against civilians has led some Americans to view Islam as inevitably hostile.President Obama acknowledged the fact that there are nearly 7 million Muslims in America and was happy that today they enjoyed incomes and education that are higher than average.The US President called for religious tolerance, recalling his childhood experience in Indonesia, where devout Christians worshiped freely in an overwhelmingly Muslim country.“That is the spirit we need today. People in every country should be free to choose and live their faith based upon the persuasion of the mind, heart, and soul. This tolerance is essential for religion to thrive, but it is being challenged in many different ways.”President Obama castigated the tendency among some Muslims to measure one's own faith by the rejection of another's. “The richness of religious diversity must be upheld - whether it is for Maronites in Lebanon or the Copts in Egypt. And fault lines must be closed among Muslims as well, as the divisions between Sunni and Shia have led to tragic violence, particularly in Iraq.”The President also urged Western countries to avoid impeding Muslim citizens from practicing religion as they see fit - for instance, by dictating what clothes a Muslim woman should wear. “We cannot disguise hostility towards any religion behind the pretence of liberalism.”On the Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East, President Obama expressed his deep desire for lasting peace.“Too many tears have flowed. Too much blood has been shed. All of us have a responsibility to work for the day when the mothers of Israelis and Palestinians can see their children grow up without fear; when the Holy Land of three great faiths is the place of peace that God intended it to be; when Jerusalem is a secure and lasting home for Jews and Christians and Muslims, and a place for all of the children of Abraham to minglepeacefully together as in the story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed (peace be upon them) joined in prayer.”Source: CISAAPPENDIX BGolden rule quotes from different religion and philosophy you may be interested. It is taken from Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 9, 1975. Harmony faith goes further. We treat each other with humility, tolerance, respect, acceptance, gentleness, equity and forgiveness.ChristianityAll things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets, King James version: Matt. 7:12IslamNone of you is a believer if he does not desire for his brother that which he desires for himself. SunnaJudaismThat which you hold as detestable, do not do to your neighbor. That is the whole Law: the rest is but commentary. Talmud, Sabbat, 21aBrahmaism (orthodox Hinduism)Such is the sum of duty: do not do to others that which, to you, would do harm to yourself. Mahabharta, 5, 1517BuddhismInjure not others in the manner that would injure you. Udana-Varga, 3, 18ConfucianismHere certainly is the golden maxim: do not do to others that which we do not want them to do to us. Analects, 15, 23TaoismConsider that your neighbor gains your gain and that your neighbor loses that which you lose. T'ai Shang Kan Ying PienZoroastrianismThat nature alone is good which checks itself from doing to others that which would not be good for itself. Dadistan-i-dinik, 94, 5Reprinted with permission from Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 9, 1975.
TWELVE VIRTUES OF HARMONY RENAISSANCE
Harmony is the most common value of mankind. All ancient cultural heritages include harmony faith. Twentieth century history has been dominated by Western ideals of Freedom, Liberty and Democracy. These ideals revolutionized the relations between citizens and their governments. These changes resulted in today’s modern Western government systems. Harmony is an ancient ideal of more than two thousand years old. It is a system of beliefs that include all relations between individuals, within oneself, within the family, citizen and government, between nations and down to between human and nature. As an all inclusive faith for conflict resolution, harmony belief has been neglected for over two centuries. The modern society in its departure from harmony faith tends to be very materialistic. Evolution by the survival of the fittest has been inordinately emphasized.
Today’s conflicted world of religious and ideological confrontations call for the revival of harmony faith. World Harmony Organization is dedicated to the pursuit of Harmony Renaissance. Our mission is to work with United Nations to support a modern harmony culture that can begin to harmonize relations between nations as well as between man and nature. There is no higher faith healing than Harmony Renaissance. Harmony Renaissance reconciles all faiths, religions and ideologies, when it is upheld by the international community as a New World Order.
Harmony is the order of nature and the operating principle of the universe. Harmony Faith as the order of universe is proclaimed in our Harmony Renaissance Preamble and Declaration. This is delivered as a speech at the April 25, 2008, U.N. Spring Festival. Further disclosure of Harmony Faith is also attached in the article titled “Harmony Faith, the Order of the Universe”, or click www.scribd.com/fcwfung for our over 200 Harmony essays.Harmony Renaissance is the inevitable tide humans are waiting to bring us to the next level of accomplishment beyond European Renaissance. To participate in this second wave of dynamic harmony movement the twelve virtues of Harmony Renaissance are presented here. They are: TOLERANCE, ACCEPTANCE, RESPECT, KINDNESS, FORGIVENESS, HUMILITY, GENTLENESS, PATIENCE, EQUITY, NONVIOLENCE, GREEN ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION. The last two being actions we now must collectively take urgently to harmonize with nature in order to avoid catastrophe on earth.
We propose that United Nations every year organize an international artists contest for the best combination of poetry and art work to extol the twelve Harmony Renaissance virtues. The selected first ten submissions will be published worldwide as that year’s calendars for world distribution. This will become an important tradition for mankind to start each year with harmony inspirations. So Harmony Renaissance and the 12 virtues of harmony will live in the hearts of mankind. We can also proclaim the first month of each year as Harmony Renaissance month to advocate the twelve virtues of harmony culture.
Francis C W Fung, Ph.D.
World harmony Organization