The Education of World Citizens:
A Harmonious Life and the Principle of Yin and Yang
Humanity's growing desire to discover
the world and the satisfaction that comes along with a deeper
understanding of the world is becoming more pronounced.
This is a progressive evolution for humanity. The search for
the deeper origin of the soul helps people face a future filled
with uncertainty. The creation of a world citizenship education
system is the synopsis of this global trend.
Everyone is now a global citizen. However, the concept of the
rights and obligations of world citizenship has not yet prevailed.
To turn the new generation into world citizens with healthy minds
and bodies requires massive efforts and endeavors.
Throughout history, the concept of one world is already widely
accepted. People are just now endeavoring to find a more harmonious
way to live in this one world. All living creatures have a balancing
point. Love is the way of life and the source of hope. The wisdom
of yin and yang
is a powerful tool to reconcile a world in transition. God has
given us life and the journey of living it belongs to each of
What is the true meaning of life? Those who are born with this
understanding rank the highest. Those who acquire understanding
from learning rank second. Those who engage in learning because
of lack of understanding rank third One undergoes four phases
of learning: unconscious
incompetence, conscious incompetence, conscious competence and
unconscious competence. One may feel comfortable and safe when
not conscious of his incompetence. However, when new challenges
surface or situations change, he will start feeling insecure
and a sense of crisis arises out of the insecurity of being incompetent.
Almost all learning undergoes the aforementioned four stages.
But there is another higher level of the realization of potentiality
which starts from changing within the heart.
Everyone has his potential but more often than not, the light
of inner wisdom is blocked by impurities.
Over the past one hundred years, countless efforts in innate
ability theory, cognition theory, learning theory, personality,
and social relation studies have been made about the development
of a child with the ultimate goal of understanding the unknown,
untapped and un-exploited
part of human beings. The efforts have paid off by offering explanations
to many of the "whys" in human life. When understanding
the true meaning of life, a great sage once said: Who was I before
I was born? Who am I after I am born? Another sage said that
one's present life is the
collective result of the past lives and one's next life will
be a consequence of this life. These words express the meaningof
life and the responsibilities one is obligated to in life.
Only with this understanding and awakening will one start purifying
and correcting the polluted qi. This will further change and
inspire the direction of qi towards a better field. The process
of correcting by doing, enlightening by correcting and continuing
to improve based on the enlightened wisdom is important. This
positive cycle is the path of Tao, it enlightens the world and
leads us towards a brightly illuminated universe.
We should all strive to truly understand ourselves and to examine
and structure our future life with the aforementioned sage's
saying in mind. Who was I before
I was born? Who am I after I am born? All things exist for a
good reason. The reason does not arise out of thin air, but can
be attributed to a circular cycle. We should not only look at
the bad side or the bright side, but treat the cause and effect
in a centered and balanced way. Correct
thinking builds a mind of pure serenity, which helps us see the
light of wisdom. We then know what to do next. The long and deep
process is a repetition of the four stages of
learning. World citizens can increase their resistance to negative
thinking through this practice. Negative thinking is one of the
major mental problems in the 21st century and worthy of our serious
The key to the realization of a higher level lies in the purification
of heart. After the purification of heart, we will possess the
capability of "having by thinking". For example, we
can have a good mood by thinking we are actually in one. Everyone
has a heart. And we can install
a button for happiness in our hearts. Whenever we are in a bad
mood, we push the button and activate the good mood. It is easy
and can be done without help from someone else. The energy of
heart is strengthened and stored. When the habit becomes deeply
ingrained, it will help purify our thoughts.
We must emphasize that the heart is unrestricted and free. When
one is willing to practice freeing one's heart, it does not necessarily
take a long time. Leaps of advancement are not uncommon. Stephen
Covey said, "10% of life is made up of what happens to you,
90% of life is decided by how you react." This explains
a concept of looking on the bright side of things and not being
controlled by external situations. What is most important is
that we must have the strength to resist being influenced by
the "10% events".
What we are doing is to achieve the full harmony of life. How
should world citizens strive to improve themselves? We suggest
to start with the concept that one's present life is the result
of his past lives and his next life will be a consequence of
this life. Think deeply about what
role we play and what we have encountered in this life.
Everything befalls us for good reasons. We will be able to predict
what our future life will be like by studying the consequences
of everything we did in this life.
We have to be responsible for our lives through discovering the
inner world of soul and discarding external disturbances. A healthy
mind and body in harmony is our respect for life. All living
creatures have a foundation upon which they prosper. The world
community presents itself in many different ways. History shows
that our forefathers of different races left the same message
- the original humanity is pure and clean. A life attitude of
pureness and cleanness is to approach the origin of universe
and the understanding of a real one world.
Understanding the balanced way of yin and yang helps us know
the past, seize the present and prepare for the future. The highest
level of the wisdom is to prevent bad things from happening and
turn bad things around. If this is indeed true, then we should
all start by cultivating ourselves. World citizens' new understanding
of a harmonious life and the principle of yin and yang will contribute
greatly to a stable, safe, peaceful, and affluent world.
What we have to strive for is the balancing point, or the tai-ji
point. We understand the importance of harmony in life and we
need to use the centered way of yin and yang principle to deal
with daily affairs or to govern the nation. Yin and yang works
like a mirror through which we are able to see the reflections.
Therefore, a man with yin yang principle is able to locate the
resource of problems and find solutions. This is the working
We hereby advocate a deeper and proactive understanding of life
in harmony and the way of yin and yang in order to have a profound
balancing effect on the lives of generations to come.
The source of happiness comes from diligence, perseverance and
self-assistance. The deeper meaning of consolidating the people's
will and power is to deliver recommendations for the advancement
of world citizenship education in order to broaden our minds
and lighten up our ways.