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“Where is the Mankind Heading for”: Author’s Preface
By Sherwin Lu   2016-01-04
…China’s Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) prompted his search for truth about social justice…. On coming to the U.S. in 1986, the author did not pursue the “American dream” for personal prosperity but… An attempt to get out of the hardship of life led him to a study of Buddhist scriptures in 1996, which suddenly opened his eyes…. After more years of contemplation of Buddhist and Daoist philosophies, he came to realize… While the book was written in answer to day-to-day social issues raised by the public, there is underlying them one unified and consistent philosophical view of the world, the society and history…
An Updated Exposition of an Old Social Philosophy: Self-Appraisal of the Book “Where is Mankind Heading For”
By Sherwin Lu   2015-12-13
The ontological “root” and the epistemological “stem” unfolded in the book branch out with flowers finally blossoming out into rich “fruits” in the form of social theories, which would rectify, either partially or totally, presently prevailing liberalist or Marxist or traditional Chinese convictions.
Encounter of Civilizations in Cycle of Alternate Yin and Yang
By Sherwin Lu   2015-11-03
the human cultural system is a huge complex one with mutually interpenetrated, mutually generating and constraining multiple levels and branches. And people’s way of thinking, as an important mark of a specific spiritual culture, fundamentally speaking, can be generalized into two basic types: either organic holism or mechanicalism. The former promotes Yin-Yang balance in individual humans’ state of mind and behavior and in social order, while the latter triggers imbalance...
Balance-Seeking Approach and “Inward Sageness and External Kingliness” (内圣外王)
By Sherwin Lu   2015-10-02
To put in a nutshell, “inward sageness” means, at its core, self-cultivation of virtue with freedom from excessive desire and readiness to follow the Way of Heaven, while “external kingliness”, to govern and benefit the people in line with the Heavenly Dao. And running through both is the balance-seeking approach, that is, to try one’s best to maintain a multidimensional Yin-Yang balance of the society as a whole with a view to the realization of world harmony.
Democratic World Order in Three Major Levels: Grassroots Business Units – Nation-States – Global Commonwealth
By Sherwin Lu   2015-07-01
Under the conditions of capitalist democracy, with corporate and state power unchecked by labor democracy, it is inevitable that the most powerful capital forces would impose their undemocratic will on wherever their power can reach on the planet, i.e., on 99% of the world’s population, and try all tyrannical means and behind-the-scene schemes to suppress the 99% people’s democratic expression of opposition to exploitation and oppression by capital, especially by monopoly capital. Therefore, the palace of democracy should be a comprehensive and systematic complex structure。。。
Reality does not exist until it is measured: Experiment confirms quantum theory weirdness
By phys.org   2015-06-11
The bizarre nature of reality as laid out by quantum theory has survived another test, with scientists performing a famous experiment and proving that reality does not exist until it is measured.
True Nature of Multi-Dimensional Wholeness; “Yin-Yang Balance” vs. “Unity of Opposites”
By Sherwin Lu   2015-05-01
By “wholeness” is not meant being monolithic. Essentially it means a dynamic and comprehensive balance between all different parts on all different levels internally and externally... What is essentially meant by “balance” is that between Yin and Yang... The Dao of alternating rise and fall of Yin and Yang is also something different from the law of unity of opposites in materialist dialectics which originated in the West.
A Multi-Stage Election System: A tentative idea
By Sherwin Lu   2015-04-01
In the U.S. today, about half of the eligible voters would not bother to cast a vote, or rather they vote, by not voting, against the existing deceptive pattern of democracy, so that every elected president was supported by only about a quarter of all eligible voters, that is, an absolute minority of the whole population. Why is it, then,...
Democratic World Order in Three Major Levels: Grassroots Business Units – Nation-States – Global Commonwealth
By Sherwin Lu   2015-03-01
Is democracy a good thing? To answer the question, one should not talk in abstract terms but instead place it in an overall multi-dimensional context and see if the democracy that is advocated and actually practiced is good or bad.
Monopoly Capital – Non-Monopoly Small Capital – Laboring Masses: The three basic levels of global capitalist production relations
By Sherwin Lu   2015-02-01
At the present stage of human history,the major contradiction in the global society is that between international monopoly capital, especially the hegemonic forces of monopoly financial capital, together with their comprador and bureaucratic agents in all individual countries on the one side and all the laboring peoples of the world and all native small- and medium-sized non-monopoly capital in all those countries on the other... such a generalization... can better help to grasp the whole situation of a specific nation-state and of the world in general, and better help guard against, avoid and resist ...
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