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文化更新研究中心院长梁燕城: 中华文化共同体与全球伦理

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Thomas In-sing LEUNGHe is a renowned philosopher, writer, current affairs critics and a lay Christian minister.He ...

Thomas In-sing LEUNG

He is a renowned philosopher, writer, current affairs critics and a lay Christian minister.

He graduates from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and eams his Ph. D. at University of Hawaii, USA.

He has a quest for truth since his teen years and at the end finds the truth in the Christian God. He travels around the world, preaching every Chinese community, the words of God. He helped in poverty relief project in the third world countries and assisted in the drug rehabilitation program in Hong Kong. Currently he is working on enhancing education of rural regions in China.

He had been senior lecturer of the HK Baptist College (now known as HK Baptist University) and honorary visiting Scholar of Regent College,UBC.

He is the President and founder of Culture Regeneration Research Society since its establishment in 1993. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly joumal, "Cultural China". He has been Adjunct Professor of Simon Frazer University and several renowned universities in big cities of China. He is the columnist of both the Economic Joumal in HK and Ming Pao in Canada west and he is also news commentator of the Chinese radio stations in four major cities in North America.

He was invited as the biographiee in the International Who's Who ofIntellectual (The Twelfth Edition, England), and was also elected as a member in the Five Hundred Leaders ofInfluences (England). He is honored as one of the century's outstanding scholars when the Dictionary ofInternational Biography issued him a Decree of Merit in 1999.

He starts writing since 1975 and has produced some 25 books, more than 100 papers, over 4,000 articles and 100 gospel tapes, circulating among the Chinese communities in every part of the world.

 

Chinese Cultural Community and Global Ethics

The word "Community" refers to a closely-related group which interacts in life and shares some common values, thus forming social coherence and producing a sense ofidentity. Cultural community shall mean that when a lot of different small groups are combined into one large group, a common value for different groups is established based on cultures. China has 55 ethnic minorities with a population of over 60 million and different systems in Four Regions of Cross-Strait which involve over 30 million people, there are common interests and common culture which can be combined into a Chinese culture community. This cultural community is not only a Chinese culture with Han ethnic group as the center, but also a cultural China, including the cultures of all ethnic minorities and foreign religions,the value consensus for all ethnic groups and all religions is established ethically on the basis of "affection of the same body", and an attitude of respect, care, appreciation, listening and understanding toward diversified cultures and religions is adopted on the basis of the aesthetic principle of "generous integration". In practice, the "Office for
National Cultural Harmony" shall be established to handle the confiicts between ethnic groups or religions, to develop "Chinese rainbow culture", and the differences are bridged through pluralistic integration of culture.

Part two of this paper discusses the development and difficulties of globalization, and explores the possibility of human cultural community from the viewpoint of altemative globalization, and builds up a "rainbow civilization" of humanity. Based on this, cultural community integrates the ethical values of different levels of Chinese and Westem cultures, and establishes the basic principles and the realm oflife of global ethics.

 

梁燕城

文化更新研究中心院长、 《文化中国》学术季刊主编、2012年十二届全国政协委员海外代表、西藏文化保护与发展协会理事、加拿大西三一大学客座教授、多所高等学府教授或指导教授、曾为四川大学985工程宗教与社会研究新基地访问讲席教授、曾多年为香港信报和温哥华明报及星岛专栏作家、美加三大城市中文电台时事评论员。其学术成就和社会贡献被载入《世界名人录》,成为1996年《世界最有影响的五百位领袖》及1999年《世纪二千位学者>之一。

在中港台出版《中国哲学重构》、《寻访东西哲学境界》、《哲学家的武林大会》、《道与魔》、《哲学与符号世界》、 《文化中国蓄势待发》、 《世纪之变的反思》、 《跨世纪的反思》、 《超越后现代的中国思维》两册及《两约探秘》等著作三十一种,曾发表学术论文七十多篇。

中华文化共同体与全球伦理 共同体(community)-辞,是指一批关系密切的群体,在生活中互动,分享一些共同的价值,而形成社会的凝聚力,并产生认同感。文化共同体是指很多差异的小群体结合成大群体时,以文化建立各不同群体的共同价值。中国有55个少数民族,人数有6千多万人,也有两岸四地的不同体制,涉及3千多万人,此中有共同利益,也有共同的文化,合起来可构成一中华文化共同体。这文化共同体不单是以汉族为中心的中国文化,却是文化上的中国,包括各少数民族与外来宗教的文化,伦理上以“同体慈爱”建立各族各宗教的共认价值,以“宽和共融”的美学原则去对多元不同的文化与宗教采取尊重、爱护、欣赏、聆听与理解的态度。在实践上建立“民族文化和谐办公室”,去处理民族或宗教间的冲突,发展“中华彩虹文化”,以文化上的一体多元来融合差异。

本文的第二部份是探讨全球化的发展与困难,从另类全球化的观点,探索人类文化共同体的可能性,建构人类的“彩虹文明”。由此文化共同体融合中西文化不同层次的伦理价值,建立全球伦理的基本原则与人生境界。


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