[gha] ] IBA Conference on Harmonic Society

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A Harmony Text of possible use at the IBA Conference on a  Harmonic Society
    Best wishes, Rene Wadlow, President,  Association of World Citizens
World Citizenship :A Harmony  Renaissance 
Rene Wadlow* 

At a time when humanity  is increasingly working together to meet 
ecological challenges and to overcome  ideologically-led strife, world citizens 
(_www.worldcitizensunited.org_ (http://www.worldcitizensunited.org/) .)  call 
a cultural renaissance  based on the concept of harmony.  Rather than 
concentrating primarily on conflicts, struggles and  suffering, world citizens 
focus on cooperation, coexistence and visions of a  better future.  Harmony 
includes  tolerance, acceptance, equality and forgiveness of past pains and 
conflicts. It  leads to gentleness, patience, kindness, to inner peace and 
outward to relations  based on respect. 
World Citizens stress that  inspiration for a framework for a harmony-based 
renaissance can come from the  classical philosophies of China: 
Confucianism, the teachings of  ‘Master Kong’ (551-478 BCE) and Daoism, 
with Lao Zi who lived at the  same time.  Both put their emphasis  on the Dao 
(the Way) and the working of the dynamic balance of Yin and Yang.  (1). 
Harmony is a universal common value.. The meaning of life is to seek  harmony 
within our inner self. Humans are born with a spiritual soul that  develops to 
seek self-fulfilment.  Our soul has a conscience that elevates us. As our 
soul grows to its  maturity, we achieve our own harmony.  
However harmony is not only a personal goal of inner peace but a  guideline 
for political, social and world affairs. Specifically at this moment  in 
history, our action should enhance peace, reduce conflict and activate a  
harmony culture.  The  21st century is the beginning of a Harmony Renaissance. 
Our mission  is to be ready for humanity’s next creative wave to lead us to a 
higher level of  common accomplishment. The World Harmony Renaissance will 
bring the whole world  into action for this new millennium of peace and 
prosperity with unfettered  collective energy. 
There was an earlier period in Chinese thought when there was an  important 
Harmony Renaissance.  This  was during the Sung dynasty (960-1279) which 
reunited China after a period of division and  confusion.  This was a period 
of an  interest in science — “the extension of knowledge through the 
investigation of  things”. It was a period when there was a conscious effort to 
bring together  into a harmonious framework currents of thought that existed in 
China but often  as separate and sometimes hostile schools of thought: 
Confucianism, Buddhism,  philosophical Daoism and religious Daoism.  These 
efforts were called Tao hsuch — the Study of the Tao” — an  effort later called 
by Westerns  “Neo-Confucianism”. 
Chou Tun-yi (1017-1073), often better known as the Master of Lien-hsi,  was 
a leading figure of this effort. He developed a philosophy based on the  
alternation of Yin and Yang, each becoming the source of the other.  (2) 
Thus today, after decades of conflict when the emphasis of the countries  
of the world both in policy and practice was upon competition, conflict and  
individual enrichment, there is a need for an emphasis on harmony, 
cooperation,  mutual respect, and working for the welfare of the community with 
respect for  nature of which humans are a part.  When one aspect, either Yin or 
Yang, becomes too dominant, then there  needs to be a re-equilibrium.   
Obviously it takes time for this re-equilibrium to develop a harmonious  
society at home and a harmonious world  to be put into place. The 
re-equilibrium  of the energies of Yin and Yang do not take place overnight. 
cultivation of  harmony must become the operational goal for many. As Mencius  
– 289 BCE), a follower of Confucius  said “ A trail through the mountains, 
if used, becomes a path in a short time,  but, if unused, becomes blocked 
by grass in an equally short time.”   
1)      See Arthur Waley. Three Ways of  Thought in Ancient China (London: 
Allen & Unwin,  1939); 
2)      See Fung Yu-Lan A Short History  of Chinese Philosophy (New  York: 
The Macmillan Co. 1950). 
*Rene Wadlow, President, Association of World  Citizens 

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