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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The term had an almost religious intensity — as if the issue of personal honor
overrode all other values and interests , transcending the otherwise expedient
morality that tended to prevail , even in matters of feudal loyalty . A lasting and ...
At all times and on all questions , a Communist Party member should take into
account the interests of the Party as a whole , and place the Party ' s interests
above his personal problems and interests . It is the highest principle of our Party
This solution of Shotoku ' s was successful up to a point in mediating contending
interests and forces , but its pragmatic flexibility worked better at reconciling
private interests and feelings than it did at articulating definite values that could ...
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