Sages are very different from philosophers; they embrace the critical spirit of learning and mastering from within society, embrace social harmony, and thus cultivate a holistic world view. Over the course of millennia, the Middle Kingdom produced tens of thousands of shengren, junzi, shiren, and sixiangjia. These are untranslatable. Maybe New Europe will see them as sages, gentlemen, scholars and historians.
Next, I noticed the rise of
filial piety or "Xiao" in
This brings us to the greater
nature of Confucian humanism, namely the Confucian family value system. As Professor Gu explains:
In fact, the sure path to European unity isn't more laws and regulations , but a pragmatic ethical framework similar to that of Chinese concepts of H armoniousness or "Zhong Yong" - The Middle Way.
As the president of
That's brings me to Laozi,
who once wisely observed that "small nations have few people." Let's
take this into perspective: The tininess of many European nation states puts
many limitations on their abilities and development, geo-politically as well as
intellectually. The states of
In fact, today's Western scholars, just like many businessmen and political leaders, if they follow their healthy senses, must now find ways to connect to the Sinitic world, and accepts its Chinese terms, just as the 7000 German global companies doing business in China already cannot live without their daily "Ni hao ! ".
A New humanism
It is said that Europeans never experienced a spiritual enlightenment such as Buddhism, Taoism or Confucianism, yet the day may come, many hope, when Europeans learn to co-exist with non-European traditions .
If Europe were to unite, I am (almost) sure it
would give rise to a new archetype equivalent to that of the Chinese junzi; a
bit like the British gentlemen in the days of the British empire, but only
quite: Institutions the size of entire civilizations do just that, they create
new possibilities for human attainment and self-cultivation
that go far beyond the offerings of small states.
Moreover, with the exodus of
the small European nation state mentality, not only Christianity will lose its
appeal, but so will philosophy, that Greek invention. I'll explain:
If we look at New Europe
today, there isn't a single philosopher left. Let us be honest : All great philosophies
of the past have proven either erroneous or they collapsed. Even the great Jurgen
Habermas is called just that: a historian or thinker.
This scarcity of true modern
philosophers, which really means the end of philosophy, this syndicate, corresponds
with the advent of Eastern thought that always preferred scholasticism and
historical analysis over speculative system-building. In his essay
'Philosophers versus Thinkers' the great linguistic sage of Peking University,
Ji Xianlin, observed that not a single European philosophical system has stood
against time, while the works of historians and scholars present us with a more
realistic empiricism and useful knowledge.
This is the Confucian way of New Europe: A Lofty pragmatism, the Love for learning, the Return of the shengren , and a New humanism.
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