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The Experiences and Challenges of Science and Ethics: Proceedings of an American-Iranian Workshop
Transcendental culture through the implementation of a “consensus strategy” can attain genuine development. This strategy is in direct confrontation with the prevailing global order spearheaded by materialism. The engineering of such a system is a sine qua non for all intellectuals who invest their future in fostering social agreement.
Throughout the ages and eras, myriads of civilizations were born in various corners of the world. Today’s world encompasses seven or eight different types of civilizations.1 Western, Confucian, Japanese, Islamic (in the traditional sense of the word), Hindu, Slavonic Orthodox, Latin American, and African are some of the civilizations. Various ethical, national, regional, and religious (in the traditional connotation) differences separate this variety of civilizations. In the past century, enhanced communication and the exchange of goods and information have blurred ancient dividing lines. The increasing permeability of geographical borders and the emergence of the so-called “global village” are challenging this fairly recent transfiguration anew.
Both the maturing of these civilizations and the way this process is tied to the shaping of human existence demand attention. It appears that the key to the perseverance of civilization lies in the evolution and transcendence of three interwoven systems:
The ethical system
The system of thought
The system of material objectivism
If we define “civilization” within the context of the aforementioned triadic systems, it will then resemble a living organism evolving in congruence with the evolutionary stages of human society. The tangible and objective outcomes and manifestations of the existing civilizations, notwithstanding their past divergence and differences, reveal their gradual assimilation in the world’s secular mainstream.
AN AWAKENED SOCIETY
An outstanding characteristic of every society, stretching far beyond time and space, lies in ethical values. “Ethics” constitutes one of the pillars of every society. The dimensions of anomie besetting societies signal the rupturing of this pillar on various levels, an issue that must be immediately addressed. The philosophy undergirding the Divine Prophets’
Huntington, Samuel P. “The Clash of Civilizations?” Foreign Affairs, Summer 1993.