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Harmony diplomacy esseantial for world development 2007-05-22 08:18:25
By Francis C. W. Fung, PH.D.
BEIJING, May 22 (Xinhuanet) -- "Freedom, Democracy and Harmony
are three ancient universal human ideals that belong to the world and
not to any one single nation. They are not entirely independent but
intimately related. As a matter of fact, there exist fascinating relations
among them that warrant immediate global study. Some may wonder
why freedom and democracy have been so widely promoted during the
last 400 years of human history, while harmony was barely noted on
the world stage."
"In fact, Freedom and Democracy have been the most successfully
used tools to promote international diplomacy in the 20th Century.
Harmony, as a great unifying force in the on rush of globalization, has
now come of age. Harmony is mankind’s greatest common value. The
conflicted world of today urgently calls for international democracy
through the practice of harmony diplomacy."
"Nature imbues us with the instinctive knowledge that we are born
free. The mountains, the wind and the lions are born free, not to
mention any other of the myriad animals that remain free until
captured. Despite being born free, powerful groups desperately yearn
to enslave us. More than 2500 years ago the most ancient cultures
scattered about different continents prohibited slavery seeing it as
hideous. The institutionalized slave trade was most egregiously
practiced in the new world until the American civil war put an end to
"Immediately following 9/11, George W. Bush conveniently thrust
freedom centre stage to rally Americans with the resounding cry. The
logic was that the terrorists hate our freedom and they are intent on
taking it away. To be fair, American democracy as put forth by our
forefathers, guarantees each citizen freedom from undue infringement
through law and order. Freedom as an ideal is politically neutral,
neither good nor bad. However, modern democracy is designed to
prevent minority individuals from exceeding their rights granted by
"Bush’s call for freedom diplomacy after 9/11 is neither necessary nor
appropriate. Terrorists have not been empowered to take away our
freedom, but the resulting regulation to counter-terrorism has. As
warned by President Eisenhower, the military complex created by war
may seriously threaten our democracy and hence our individual
freedom. The greatest threat to our freedom today is our enslavement
to the military and the industrial complex through their hijacking of
"Since time immemorial, the protection of human rights has occupied
our consciousness. The fear of the all mighty unknown that sparked
religious teaching was likely the catalyst for this type of thought.
Teaching morals and common values developed along with harmony
while democracy followed behind. Democratic systems as a means to
guarantee individual rights and freedoms reached new heights when
the American Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights were
signed, giving way to the system of laws being enacted. Western
diplomacy spread far and wide and profoundly changed the world
during the 20th century."
"Democracy, in different forms, has now become a generally accepted
governance system. Democracy grows best in the fertile soil of each
individual nation without outside interference or occupation. American
chastisement of other nations only offends their dignity. Many
developing nations, after years of domination by imperialism, have
nothing to cling to other than the very dignity being spoken of."
"Democracy is also no longer an import export item, as pointed out by
Ban Ke-moon, the current Secretary General of the U.N. Due to the
debacle of the U.S. occupation of Iraq, democracy as an instrument of
foreign policy has lost its lustre and appeal. Diplomacy works best in
these conflicted times when harmony principles are employed.
Harmony diplomacy is a win-win, no-fault conflict resolution approach.
It is time to minimize confrontations in today’s conflicted world by
using harmony diplomacy. It certainly is worth a try. Mutual win-win
development can be more economically viable than war. We have
spent close to 400 billion dollars on the Iraq war, fast approaching our
expenditure on the Vietnam War, with no end in sight."
"When unity is needed human beings have proven quite capable.
International unity can be reached only through international
democracy, not unilateralism. International democracy will be the end
result of major nations practicing harmony diplomacy. In her recent
book “The Mighty and the Almighty” Madeleine Albright suggested that
world harmony is the end goal of a more peaceful world."
"As noble as any religion may be, faith diplomacy has fallen short of
uniting the world in harmony evidenced by the countless tragic faith-
based wars of the past as well as the current conflict between the West
and the Muslim world. Religions as we know them today all expect
blind faith and acceptance of ethnocentric almighty images, quite often
unique to a specific culture."
"Harmony’s premise is tolerance, acceptance and respect for other
cultures. It is all embracing, endearing and enduring. It neither
dictates blind faith nor does it force acceptance of an institutionalized
and ethnocentric image of the almighty. No particular personal
attachment to the almighty is prescribed either. Personal attachment
to the almighty is a double-edged sword. It draws those with faith
closer, while alienating those without."
"Harmony is discovered through observation of nature as discussed in
my other papers. It is nature’s preferred way of propagation. Nature is
all embracing and human beings are very much part of nature. It is
possible to believe in as wide a universe as one chooses without
adhering to blind faith. Our very survival and sustainable development
is now urgently dependent on our harmonious relationship with nature.
We deny our very existence by not working to improve our threatened
ecology. Most of us agree about the vision of world harmony and
international democracy. We can all participate in the harmony
movement by speaking and practicing harmony diplomacy in all facets
of our daily lives. We can practice goodness for goodness sake without
preaching religion. Why use faith diplomacy, an indirect approach,
when the direct approach, harmony diplomacy, is readily available?
Harmony’s resonance is growing and propagating. The Harmony
Renaissance is the unavoidable tide. It is time to reawaken our innate
human desire for harmony and to begin urging others to recognise the
value of this noble ideal."
"The basic idea of world harmony is in common with all popular
theories of world governance. It hopes to build a more understanding
world through tolerance, respect, equity and acceptance of diverse
cultures and governance systems as destiny for all mankind."
"Through harmony diplomacy major nations will support a stronger
UN. A more democratic world will advocate the solution of world
conflicts through consultation and harmony consensus. Unilateralism is
to be rejected and peaceful resolution will replace war and violence.
Harmony diplomacy will be the foundation of lasting peace. Without
harmony peace will not last."
"In the pursuit of world harmony it is important to narrow the gap of
the North-South/rich-poor disparity through win-win mutual
development. This will create a world with a level playing field, which
will enable the citizens of the world to enjoy all of the achievements of
our great societies."

In a recent book titled “Keeping Faith in our Values in a Dangerous
World”, Anne-Marie Slaughter, the renowned Dean of Princeton
University Woodrow Wilson Institute, advocated including tolerance,
humility and faith in the American system of values. She also
suggested that America practice “value based foreign policy” to
improve our image, so that our spreading of human rights and
democracy can be more effective. Her theory is well founded but short
of the more universal ideal of harmony diplomacy and mutual win-win
development already in practice in various parts of the world. Harmony
is an ancient ideal that belongs to the world. It is accepted by many
cultures East and West. It is an extensive system of common values
and certainly more inclusive than just adding tolerance, humility and
faith to the American value system. One can also have faith in
harmony, which in time will grow by way of resonance. The truth of
harmony diplomacy includes the spirit of working with all nations in
the world. Between any two countries there exist complementary
advantages for mutual win- win development. Preconception of
incompatibility is counter to harmony’s ideal of tolerance, acceptance
and respect for others. It also negates the value of humility in
practicing tolerance and acceptance. Madam Slaughter proposed
working with NATO nations, English speaking and other major nations
for the propagation of American values and “value based foreign
policy”. Yet in her list of “preferred” nations, many significant nations
including China, Russia and other obvious nations who have
disagreements with U.S are noticeably absent.

"In the democratization of international relations, just and equitable
international political and economic orders can be established through
dialogue, negotiation and reaching consensus. The end result of
international democracy will release a new wave of world creative
energy. Human accomplishments can thus reach a new height of
development beyond European Renaissance."
"The Order of Nature is Harmony and Harmony is the Order of Nature.
A harmony world is essential to save our ecology. To rally major
nations to commit to a cleaner and better environment, harmony
diplomacy must advocate a common ecology consensus. Central to
harmony diplomacy consensus is built in awareness to curb global
insatiable appetite for consumption. Continuation of current trend is
not sustainable. Without harmony consensus, the resulting
catastrophic global fight for resources will be more immediate than the
effect of climate change. It is time for all to advocate less
confrontational harmony diplomacy."
Editor: Xia Xiaopeng

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