We Chinese are a unique people, the inheritors of a highly cultivated cultural legacy that has sustained us for five millennia. Rooted in the deep, contemplative thought of such sages as Lao-tzu, Confucius and Mencius, Chinese traditional culture has advocated nobility of character, the sanctity of the family, and honor and dignity in human relationships.
Nowadays, we live in an era where liberal Western thought has come to dominate the cultural, social and political spheres in most advanced countries. While this has brought some positive development in materialistic terms, in recent years we see a troubling cultural and moral decline in these societies. The denial of a universal moral order has brought about a general degradation of the human spirit, disintegration of the family, and demoralization of society.
The life of the moral man is an exemplification of the universal moral order. The life of the vulgar person, on the other hand, is a contradiction of the moral order.
As an antidote to this state of affairs, we seek to resurrect the high-minded standards of thought and conduct that our Chinese ancestors mandated. While times have changed, these standards offer a guide to qualities of mind, heart and spirit that can only lead to the betterment of human personal, social and political life. The goal of the Chinese People’s Federation for World Peace is the worldwide promotion of traditional Chinese cultural values, rooted in reverence for Heaven, respect for the Earth and regard for all humanity. Of course we also seek to interpret, update and apply these values to reveal their relevance in our times.
– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
At the same time, we have witnessed and/or participated in the rising importance of China, our ancestral homeland, in world affairs, and the growing necessity of sincere communication between East and West to ensure that peace and harmony prevail. Again, we seek to apply traditional wisdom and a rational approach to the broader challenges of our times in the field of international affairs. Scattered as we are, all across the globe, we have a unique capacity to influence the communities and nations in which we reside. We thus seek to promote our moral and practical perspective, for the sake of world peace and harmony, in all of these communities and nations.