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AMERICAN DEMOCRACY, MIDDLE EAST RELIGION AND CHINESE HARMONY

AMERICAN DEMOCRACY, MIDDLE EAST RELIGION AND CHINESE HARMONY

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www.worldharmonyorg.netDear Friends,Here is the concluding section " World Harmony Consensus and WorldHarmony Renaissance Declaration" of my next book "World HarmonyRenaissance:Promise for a better World" for your preview andcomment.Democracy as an European movement began from the age of enlightenment. It advocated citizen's and human rights. It was a greatmovement that released human energy. Through EuropeanRenaissance our modern world of science began. Americanindependence continued this tradition. U. S. Constitution and Bill of Rights advocated democracy through law and order. That is thestrength of Western democracy.The essence of Eastern teaching is self discipline through harmonywith nature. In Chinese the ancient saying is "Tien Ren He Yi" meaningthe unity of man and universe. From the Middle East, the cradle of major World Religions, we all learned submission of our will to thecreator. In this practice traditionally, the Eastern culture placed moreemphasis on moral values and avoiding extremism. The Easternpractice of harmony is through contemplation of nature, self disciplineand meditation. The West learned meditation and faith from Easternphilosophies and religions. The basic harmony value of avoidingextremism together with family unity and ancestry worship continuedChinese culture of 5000 years without causing ecology catastrophe,despite certain excesses of the past.Harmony belongs to the world and all culture of the world containharmony. It is in practice and emphasis that we are different. ForHarmony Renaissance to take hold the West and East must worktogether. The Western practice of advocacy in pursuing democracy cannow be applied to advocating Harmony Renaissance. The West andEast both can learn from each other. In America Easterners need tolearn how to apply advocacy to Harmony Renaissance byunderstanding the American system. Together, the advent of HarmonyRenaissance will bring the world together with a higher common value.In America, East and West could very well learn from each other andput together an unity Harmony Renaissance Declaration as a start. The
 
next phase of human development through Harmony Renaissance willdivert our wasted energy in human conflicts and religious strife toworking together on scientifically sustainable ecology. Our commonscientific development will begin another surge. Thus HarmonyRenaissance will bring us to a higher level of human commonendeavour. Without question, future human accomplishment from therelease of energy through World Harmony Renaissance will surpassEuropean Renaissance.The advent of European and American democracy heralded the age of modern science and cultural renaissance. It is one of the greatesthuman contribution to our common world heritage. But it eventuallyencouraged individualism, insatiable consumerism and extremism inthe absence of individual personal harmony practice. In today'sconflicting world of 6 billion population and growing, each person onearth wanting to own a SUV or HUMVEE is a form of insatiable extremeconsumerism. Simple arithmetic will show this type of extremeconsumerism unchecked places unsustainable demand on our commonworld resources. .Cultural excesses of insatiable consumerism and individualism in theWest and its spread to the East now needs to be balanced by Easternharmony, moderation and family values. This means bringing backbasic family and group harmony through practice of self discipline. Aswell meaning as Western law and order democracy is, our world is notsustainable with the spread of today's insatiable consumerism andextreme individualism Traditionally in China as detailed in my book"China's Harmony Renaissance: What the World Must Know" law isonly the bottom line, common moral values above it. By necessity weneed to bring back self discipline through harmony practice, mutualdevelopment and harmony development. The premise and title of thisbook is "World Harmony Renaissance:Promise for a Better World"As a start, It is paramount that the world through HarmonyRenaissance must reach meaningful World Harmony Consensus. Thecurrent continuing rapid development of China, India and the rest of the developing world must be encouraged to adopt "HarmonyDevelopment" through personal individual self discipline. The West andparts of the developed Asia at the same time need to set an exampleto curb extreme individualism and consumerism. Within the framework of this 'World Harmony Consensus" we will see the promise of amore sustainable and better world, Q.E.D.Q.E.D. is a Latin term meaning it is demonstrated or proved which I

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