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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down the established religious elite , but having done so by attributing its failure
to a falling away from the practice of meditation , the text goes on to show how a
kshatriya " went from home into the homeless life saying ' I will be an ascetic .
tecting the state through the spiritual benefits accruing from the practice of
Buddhism , deplored the failure of Hơnen to uphold its disciplines . 11 For both
Hơnen and his critics , however , it was a question not of how these precepts
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However , many of these methods and forms cannot be adopted by us because
most of them are idealistic , formalistic , abstract , and divorced from social
practice . These scholars and religious believers exaggerate the function of
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