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By Wei-bin Zhang

ISBN-10: 0875861628

ISBN-13: 9780875861623

ISBN-10: 0875861733

ISBN-13: 9780875861739

The present paintings invitations americans to step in the course of the having a look glass - backwards, this time - and look at ourselves from a Confucian viewpoint. In his research, Zhang attracts jointly references to the I Ching, Leibniz, Tocqueville, Lipset and Aristotle, a really appropriate few information resembling crime price and monetary progress, and the lions of chinese language philosophy.

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The United States has experienced a decline in religious observance and increased secularization partly as a consequence of expanding rational education, industrialization, consumer cultures, self-seeking pleasure principles. As observed by Bloom (1987:56), real religion and knowledge of the Bible have diminished to an almost negligible point, even though respect for “the Sacred” has soared. Nevertheless, compared with other Western countries, Americans are remarkably religious. Surveys indicate that many Americans regard themselves as members of specific religious groups and are very interested in spiritual matters.

In America, as demonstrated by Redenius (1981), the ideal of equality is interpreted differently than in Europe in at least three important respects. First, equality was expected to be achieved in America by moving up rather than leveling down. From its earliest days, the bounty of the United States encouraged the aspirations of the ambitious and opened opportunities for everyone. Second, equality meant individualism rather than collectivism. It is only after the late 19th century that equality has been associated with negative connotations such as sameness, conformity, and homogeneity.

In such a state, organizational performance goes on, as the employees are still performing their routine jobs. Finally, in the Kun, the leader has lost the capacity to lead, and the organization is faced with bankruptcy because of its poor performance. In a similar way, by varied combinations of the eight trigrams, ancient Chinese thinkers attempted to explain different phenomena of man, society, and nature. The trigrams can further be combined in pairs, and that allows for sixtyfour hexagrams.

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