University Broadcasts Of Metaphysics / Metaphysical Programs
These programs are short, to the point, and best of all, free. This most recent broadcast is about success, and what it really is to an individual or should be, perhaps, to a society.
Do you feel lie your life is a success? If so, why? If not, why not? What do you think your doing rightly or wrongly that has brought you to your particular conclusion(s)?
Confucius taught that we should always behave with moderation (he called the Golden Mean chum yum, at least as it is translated by 17th century scholars). He also taught that we should respect authority and treat others as we would wish to be treated ourselves.
That teaching is 2500 years old. As a tradition it has influenced China for all recorded history, but Confucianism seems an outmoded tradition to many modern Chinese, who do not value moderation, who respect force rather than authority, and certainly do not treat others as they would wish to be treated themselves. The same can be said by modern day western “Christians”. With the loss of tradition, societies can lose the whole trustworthy vocabulary of their moral consensus.
A good social morality has certain characteristics. 1) It should contribute to the survival of society and individuals, in a dynamic rather than a static way. It should include tolerance and not self- righteousness 2) What do you think? 3) What do you think?
From: Morality and Crime in the Coming Information Age, The Sovereign Individual. Davidson and Rees-Mogg. p369