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Nishan Declaration of Harmony

 

Nishan, Shandong Province, China,

September 27,2010

 

 

On September 27, 2010, one day before the 2561st anniversary of the birth of Confucius, the greatest thinker and teacher of ancient China, and a time for reviewing the wisdom of his age, we, the undersigned, on the occasion of the first Nishan Forum on World Civilizations, jointly issue the following Declaration of Harmony:

 

Troubled over the present state of world affairs;

Anxious about our common human future;

Distressed by the brutal reality of war, slaughter, and conflict;

And confronted with a deteriorating global environment,

Human beings everywhere are perplexed and confused.

Having solemnly pondered and acknowledged the wisdom of our predecessors,

We advocate harmony;

We advocate loving-kindness;

We advocate tolerance;

We advocate decorum and civility;

We advocate faithfulnessand reliability;

We advocate “never doing to others what you would not have done to yourself”

We advocate “loving all creatures as we would love ourselves” and “the unity of Heaven and humanity”;

We advocatethe principle that “while we enjoy the beauty of our own culture, we also appreciate the beauty of other civilizations”;

We advocate the belief that within the four seas, all peopleare brothers and sisters;

We advocate for a harmonious world and for the principle of “harmony with diversity”.

For the purpose of building a harmonious world,

And for the purpose of conserving our common globe,

We appeal formutual understanding and respect by which to resolve grievances;

We appeal fordialogue and communication as a means to avoiding conflicts;

We appeal for frugality and low-carbon emissions in order to sustain our home earth;

We appealfor solidarity and collaboration to build our future together.

We hope and praythat—

Our advocacies and appeals will be echoed and embraced by the entire world.

We hope and praythat—

Our advocacies and appeals will be transformed into common practices for all human beings.

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