(July 4th Movement)
Benevolence, Civic Duty, Equality, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness under Scientific GOD
(First published in Sciurch of Scientific GOD Volume 1 Issue 5)
Released: December 21, 2011
Author: Xin Mao (新毛)
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Over four thousand years ago, our ancestors brought forth on Asia, the Middle Kingdom structured as dynasties and guided by the oracle, Yi Jing, under the Mandate of Heaven. Four thousand years later in 1912, the last dynasty fell and the Chinese Republic was born after the Xinhai Revolution. By the Grace of Heaven (GOD), we now constitute almost one-fourth of the world population and Chinese Societies are rising and advancing in all aspects of material life and on the World Stage.
We hold today that all Chinese are not only obligated to uphold our traditional values of benevolence and civic duty but also entitled to the rights of equality, liberty and pursuit of happiness under Scientific GOD. These rights and duties and their extensions shall be applicable in all aspects of our lives - spiritually, physically, financially, environmentally, scientifically and politically - that to secure, advance and perform these rights and duties and thus perfect Chinese Societies, our Constitutions may be amended time to time, if necessary, and successive governmental, social and corporate structures and institutions shall be established, deriving their just political, social and economical powers and duties from the consent of the people - that whenever any structure or institution becomes inadequate of these ends, it is our duties to modernized it or to abolish it, and to establish new ones, laying the foundation on such principles and organizing the structures in such forms, as to us shall seem most likely to reflect our understanding and knowledge of Scientific GOD and Its Mandate.
As societies, we have achieved over the last thirty years unprecedented material wealth, technological advances, military strength and worldwide economical power. But we shall be facing great challenges both within our societies and without, testing whether we shall be able to self-govern with equality and liberty, whether our public and private institutions can be transformed and work in harmony for the benefit of all Chinese and whether we can be among great Nations on Earth playing important roles in world affairs and world peace.
As a people, we shall be engaged in a great struggle, testing whether we can uphold our traditional values and whether our rights of the 21st Century can be realized, protected, sustained and advanced. Many among us shall also be engaged in a silent struggle in our hearts testing whether our yearning for GOD, benevolence and righteousness can conquer our own shortcomings – materialism, hypocrisy, corruption, or excessive capitalism and commercialism.
So, before this critical coming moment, it is appropriate that we Chinese from all walks of life around the world – the religious and the non-religious, the rich and the poor, the executives and the workers, the intellectuals and the laymen – and indeed all who loves Chinese - reflect on the status of our societies and our own belief, morality and conducts as individuals with the great hope of advancing the Chinese Dream of the 21st Century and ushering Chinese and the mankind at large through the “Gate of Heavenly Peace and Justice” and build a new era of unprecedented progress & prosperity under Scientific GOD.
It was said that before the advent of our Middle Kingdom, our ancestors lived peacefully with each other and harmoniously with Nature as tribes and clans. Then various dynasties and warring states were born, rose and declined under the Mandate of Heaven – Xia, Shang, Zhou, Warring States, Qing, Han, Three Kingdoms, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming & Qing - creating our long and rich history and cultural heritage.
During the late Qing, our people were under the feudal rule of a corrupted government and the semi-colonial rules of foreign invading forces. Oppressed and exploited, our people rebelled through numerous uprisings. The Xinhai Revolution under the leadership of Song Zhongshan and his generals gave birth to our Republic in 1912 ending over two thousand years of feudal rules.
However, civil wars and Japanese invasion were soon to follow. Again, as a people we fought in the invaders under the leadership of Mao Zedong and his generals and that of Jiang Jieshi and his generals but we also fought among ourselves until 1949 when Communists defeated Nationalists.
Over the last sixty years since the Korea War our societies have lived in peace except occasions of domestic movements and several small border conflicts. Over the last thirty years, the economic reforms initiated by Deng Xiaoping and maintained by Communist Government have ushered in the great industrial, technological, economical and financial progress on the Mainland which brought us and rest of the World unprecedented materials goods and thrust our societies to the world stage as a major player.
In short, over the last two hundred years from late Qing Dynasty to the present, we, both as societies and as a people, have endured and suffered so much corruption and humiliation, so many foreign invasions and so many domestic upheavals, yet not only we have survived but thrived. So, each of us should ponder whether this has been the Mandate of Heaven and what should be our roles and destiny in the 21st Century?
No doubt that it has been the economic reforms initiated by Deng, the creativity, productivity and entrepreneurship of our people and the learning and applications of modern sciences and technologies fueled by capitalism of our own style that brought our societies unprecedented material wealth, prosperity and a world-influencing financial system.
However, after all these revolutions and reforms in our recent history, the modern Chinese are not spiritually enlightened or free. After all the revolutions and reforms, the spiritual lives of many among us are sadly crippled by the manacles of atheism and the prisons of materialism. After all the revolutions and reforms, we live on a lonely island of empty spirituality in the midst of a vast ocean of material progress. After all the revolutions and reforms, many among us are confined in the corners of stale faith and find themselves spiritually in exiles on their own land. Indeed, after all the revolutions and reforms, the moralities of many among us are degenerating and some among us become deeply corrupt and are solely driven by money, power and fame.
Further, after the economical reforms, the private material wealth is now concentrated in the hands of so a few wealthy individuals and corrupted government officials. The very wealth has created a deep gulf between the rich and the poor. On the other hand, many Chinese are unable to cope with or adapt to the new environments.
On a question related to this essay, Yi Jing (I Ching) says:
Hexamgram 18 第 十八 卦: 蠱：元亨，利涉大川。先甲三日，後甲三日。
Kû indicates great progress and success (to him who deals properly with the condition represented by it). There will be advantage in (efforts like that of) crossing the great stream. (He should weigh well, however, the events of) three days before the turning point, and those (to be done) three days after it.
老子: 執大象，天下往。往而不害，安平太。樂與餌，過客止。大道廢，有仁義﹔智 慧出，有大偽…。
Laozi said: To him who holds in his hands the Great Image (of the invisible Tao), the whole world repairs. Men resort to him, and receive no hurt, but (find) rest, peace, and the feeling of ease. When the Great Tao (Way or Method) ceased to be observed, benevolence and righteousness came, wisdom and shrewdness appeared, and there also appeared great hypocrisy.
Laozi said: Heaven is long-enduring and earth continues long. The reason why heaven and earth are able to endure and continue thus long is because they do not live of, or for, themselves. This is how they are able to continue and endure. Therefore the sage puts his own person last, and yet it is found in the foremost place; he treats his person as if it were foreign to him, and yet that person is preserved. Is it not because he has no personal and private ends, that therefore such ends are realized?
Confucius said: Love is to conquer self and turn to courtesy. If we could conquer self and turn to courtesy for one day, all below heaven would turn to love. [Love is] modesty and bounty, truth, earnestness and kindness. Modesty escapes insult; bounty wins the many; truth gains men's trust; earnestness brings success; and kindness is enough to make men work.
Confucius said: To learn and then do, is not that a pleasure? When friends come from afar do we not rejoice? The young should be dutiful at home, modest abroad, careful and true, overflowing in kindness for all, but in brotherhood with love. And if they have strength to spare they should spend it on the arts.
Confucius said, What are the words of Heaven? The four seasons pass, the hundred things bear life. What are the words of Heaven? Never murmuring against Heaven, nor finding fault with men; learning from the lowest, cleaving the heights. I am known but to one, but to Heaven.
Oh GOD, you seem invisible to naked eyes, untouchable by hands, yet you are mathemati-cally omnipresent, omniscient:
“e” is your body, ether, the foundation of existence;
“i” is imagination, a faculty of your mind, the source of creativity;
“0” is initial state of your mind; emptiness, nothingness;
“1=e^(i0)” is your primal state, oneness, unity of existence;
Oh GOD, you seem silent in voice, absent in physical action, yet you are mathematically omnipotent, omni-active:
“+, -, *, /, =” are your operations of existence;
“c, ħ, π” are your measuring units of existence;
“matrix” is your container for governing rules, external/internal world;
Thus, You make the identity revealed to Euler to hold as follows:
You make primordial distinction to occur as follows:
You create energy-momentum-mass relationship revealed to Einstein as follows:
You create, sustain & make evolving an elementary particle as follows:
As an example of your mighty power, you create, sustain & make evolving of an electron revealed to Dirac as follows:
It may be said that our pursuit of Chinese Dream of the 21st Century is hindered by the state of our own consciousness partly due to our particular history, modern atheism and materialism. Thus, a New Enlightenement of all Chinese is the key to accomplish these sacred pursuits and transform Chinese societies. By enlightening and transcending ourselves, we shall transform atheism and materialism to scientific spirituality, curruption to righteousness, injustice to justice, inequality to equality and restriction to liberty.
So, let New Enlightenment begin in each of us from the intellectuals to the laymen! Let New Enlightenment begin in our educational institutes! Let New Enlightenment begin in our financial systems! Let New Enlightenment begin in our corporate systems! Let New Enlightenment begin in our local, provincial and national governments!
When this happens, when we allow New Enlightenment to begin, when we let it to ring from every individual, every institution, every business and every governmental unit, we will be able to speed up that day when Chinese Dream of the 21st Century shall be realized under the Mandate of Heaven (GOD).
In a sense, it is high time that each Chinese makes a pledge to our fellow Chinese – A pledge that each of us shall enlighten ourselves and shall work and struggle together with fellow Chinese for equality, liberty and pursuit of happiness in the 21st Century under Scientific GOD.
Each Chinese shall further promises to do his/her best to contribute to Chinese Society. The rich may pay more taxes, if necessary, and shall pledge more of their wealth to help and assist the less fortunate. The less fortunate shall work hard to realize their Chinese Dream.
Each Chinese corporation shall promise to be a moral corporation to Chinese Society. The executives shall strive for common good instead of excessive profit at the costs of the workers and the society and the workers shall strive to contribute their best productivity to the corporation.
Each Chinese educational institution shall promise to be the best Chinese Dream making institution. The administrators and teachers shall strive for producing the best students instead of collecting excessive tuitions and the students shall strive be the best students and future Chinese Dream makers.
Our national and local government promises to all Chinese that they will work in harmony for the prosperity and common good of all Chinese and the advancement of Chinese Societies, not the interests of a few or self-interests. The executives, representatives and judges shall strive to carry out the businesses in their best abilities and the supporting staff shall strive to provide the supporting services to their best abilities.
It may be said that today some among us in Chinese Societies would have defaulted on these Sacred Pledges if made earlier. Instead of honoring these obligations, some among us would have given our fellow Chinese bad checks, checks which would have come back marked "insufficient funds." But we refuse to believe that the banks of the Chinese Socieities would be bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there would be insufficient funds in the great vaults of Chinese Societies. So all Chinese individuals, corporations, institutions and Governmental units should make good on these Sacred Pledges — Pledges that will in the long run give our people the security of equality, liberty, basic necessities riches of our economy and the fulfillment of happiness under the Mandate of Heaven (GOD).
Finally, as Societies and a People, we pledge to the World that we shall always work for World Peace, eliminations of hunger and diseases, economical stability and prosperity and mutual benefits of all nations on Earth.
Let us remind ourselves the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to be ignorant or hope others to enlighten first. Now is the time to enlighten everyone in Chinese Societies. Now is the time to rise from the darkness and despair of atheistic and materialistic society to a spiritual, benevolent and just society under Scientific GOD. Now is the time to lift Chinese Societies from the quick sands of Godless money, power, fame and corruption to the solid rock of glorious path to prosperity and happiness for all Chinese under Scientific GOD. Now is the time to make progress on equality and liberty for all our people.
It would be fatal for the atheists, materialists and various establishments to overlook the urgency of the moment for New Enlightenment. This sweltering heat of many Chinese’ searching for GOD and the Chinese Dream of the 21st Century will not pass until there is an invigorating atmosphere of enlightenment and ensuing transformational changes in Chinese Societies. This is not an end, but a beginning. The whirlwinds of New Enlightenment will come to wake all Chinese and shake various establishments of Chinese Societies until the bright day of transformational changes, equality and liberty emerges by the Mandate of Heaven.
There is something else that we must say to all Chinese who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the glorious path to Chinese Dream of the 21st Century under Scientific GOD. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for enlightenment, transformational changes, equality and liberty by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
We must forever conduct our New Enlightenment on the high ground of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our movement to degenerate into physical violence or worse. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting negative forces with positive forces. The marvelous New Enlightenment which shall engulf the Chinese Societies must not lead us to a distrust of all atheists and materialists, for many of them, as evidenced by their sympathy or silence, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. We cannot walk alone.
We must also ask ourselves the soul searching question: Are we really fighting the benefit of all Chinese or our own self-interests? And do we want to go down in history as hypocrites or truth and justice seeking men and women?
GOD Bless Chinese People! May we all finally arrive at “Gate of Heavenly Peace and Justice” and start building GOD’s Paradise on Earth. So, let July 4th Movement begin!
This Essay is fused with adapted languages from the Declaration of Independence and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech “I have a Dream.”