Ancient Wisdom for today

“ANCIENT WISDOM FOR TODAY”

We the people, in today’s “global village”, have much to gain in understanding ancient wisdom for nation building.

During the Zhou Dynasty in China (12th to 7th Century BC) Music and Dance was an obligatory course in school – a combination of ritual, entertainment, performance, gymnastics and military drill. The goal was, on one hand, to train military skill, on the other, to teach moral rules and discipline.

An Attempt in understanding culture

“AN ATTEMPT IN UNDERSTANDING CULTURE”

Culture (derived from the “Latin cultura” stemming from “colere”, meaning “to cultivate”) is a term that has many different meanings. For example, in 1952, Alfred Kroeber and Clyde Kluckhohn compiled a list of 164 definitions of “culture” in Culture: A Critical Review of Concepts and Definitions. However, the word “culture” is most commonly used in three basic senses:

  • Excellence of taste in the fine arts and humanities, also known as high culture
  • An integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior that depends upon the capacity for symbolic thought and social learning
  • The set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution, organization or group