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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A person who is born with a stout spirit and a natural talent for military prowess
can master the military arts and achieve merit in battle even without training
himself in the Learning of the Mind . But because he will be lacking in virtue , he
will get ...
If one really wants to study military arts , then why not study the military arts of the
man of humaneness against which no man under heaven can stand up ? In a
battle situation or at a time when the application of martial prowess is required ...
12 By contrast , in schools today the classics and histories are memorized and
discussed , and the ( separate ) military arts are practiced . To pursue the
underlying principles of the moral nature and correct one ' s conduct in
accordance with ...
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