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Confucian role ethics: a model for 21st century harmony?

George Orwell might have had the date wrong, but the horrible world he described in 1984 could yet become a reality if current geopolitical trends continue unchecked. As competition within and between nations grows more fierce, as more states are failing and/or engulfed in civil wars, as resources become more scarce, as ideologies become more absolutist, and – most important – as the disparity between the haves and the have nots grows ever wider with terrorism becoming ever more common in response, we can see the slaughters, economic dislocations, and environmental destruction characterizing the early years of this century as harbingers of what might well be the future.

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