NOBILITY AND CIVILITY
Globalization has become an inescapable fact of contemporary life. Some leaders, in both the East and the West, believe that human rights are culture-bound and that liberal democracy is essentially Western, inapplicable to the non-Western world. How can civilized life be preserved and issues of human rights and civil society be addressed if the material forces dominating world affairs are allowed to run blindly, uncontrolled by any cross-cultural consensus on how human values can be given effective expression and direction?
In a thoughtful meditation ranging widely over several civilizations and historical eras, Wm. Theodore de Bary argues that the concepts of leadership and public morality in the major Asian traditions offer a valuable perspective on humanizing the globalization process. Turning to the classic ideals of the Buddhist, Hindu, Confucian, and Japanese traditions, he investigates the nature of true leadership and its relation to learning, virtue, and education in human governance; the role in society of the public intellectual; and the responsibilities of those in power in creating and maintaining civil society.
De Bary recognizes that throughout history ideals have always come up against messy human complications. Still, he finds in the exploration and affirmation of common values a worthy attempt to grapple with persistent human dilemmas across the globe.
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Noble. Paths. of. Buddha. and. Rama. India of the so - called Axial Age had two
comparable if also competing examples of an ideal of nobility , originally
identified with a leadership elite , but later generalized , to a greater or lesser
degree , as ...
arhat ( monk ) , the practitioner of the Noble Eightfold Path laid out by the Buddha
on the basis of the principles contained in the Four Noble Truths . “ Noble ” here
reflects the aristocratic calling of the kshatriya class from which the Buddha ...
By the time Buddhism arrived in Japan , the ethical path originally identified with
the noble Eightfold Path and the disciplinary precepts of the monastic code (
vinaya ) had been eroded by the tides of change in the Mahayana and the many
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