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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Indeed , he must be a Commander - in - Chief , ” Naozane thought . “ Killing this
one person will not change defeat into victory , nor will sparing him change
victory into defeat . When I think of how I grieved when Kojiro suffered a minor
Yet , whether or not the people ' s thought develops is really determined by
whether or not advanced thinkers properly guide it . When the small class of
leaders holds to its narrow - minded views , it is impossible to implant in the
hearts of the ...
For example , many of our comrades keep a diary in order to have a daily check
on their work and thoughts or they write ... The “ investigation of things , the
extension of knowledge , sincerity of thought , the rectification of the heart , the
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