Confucianism - Freedom and democracy 2.0
Is Confucianism a religion?
An introduction to this series of posts Is Confucianism a religion? Yes. No. Maybe. Who cares?
The elevator pitch for this series of posts is that America has deep cultural problems emerging from the left and the right. Communication is poor or non-existent, but democracy needs communication to function. Otherwise we descend into tribes – as we are seeing already.
Some American secular liberals are willing to talk with some conservatives, but are afraid of running afoul of some biblical language with which they are unfamiliar. Terms like virtue, tolerance, benevolence and love are absent from liberal discourse. In any case, many secular liberals themselves can claim no particular moral foundation for their positions. Once beyond rights, which can be ephemeral, what is the rationale for moral behavior?
We need new ways to talk with each other without fear and loathing and with tolerance and benevolence.