1. To promote the ideology of boundless global and universal peace, harmony and prosperity.
2. To foster enthusiasm for fundamental and social value in the pursuit for such ideology.
3. To build and share common grounds for stimulation of thoughts towards achieving peace and harmony by bridging gaps among various faiths and non-denominational peace advocates.
4. To work towards a successful and unified mission of global campaign among races and tribes for humanity is one nation to live and co-exist for peace, prosperity and longevity of mankind.
Communique on Studies of Canadian Multiculturalism
The Free Forum was started to study the common goals of people from different cultural backgrounds and the ability of different cultures to complement one another. The objective is to come to a better understanding of life, and through such an understanding discover the means to resolve interpersonal conflicts and personal contradictions, thereby leading to a harmonious and prosperous society and a peaceful world.
The current state of affiars in the City of Richmond and Canada, as well as the course of events in the history of China, fully demonstrate that people from different cultural backgrounds can live together in harmony, and cooperate to build a happy and peaceful society.
In reality, human activities and social conditions are always subject to change. There is always a need for people to adjust the direction and the rate of change in order to see a better future.
(1) Multiculturalism in Canada
The Government of Canada has adopted not a single-culture policy but multiculturalism to enable people from different cultural backgrounds to live in harmony and fulfill their dreams about a happy life. Multiculturalism allows people from different races and religious communities with different customs and mother tongues to promote and live with their own cultural backgrounds. The only common ground is the adoption of English and French as the official languages of the land and a set of laws for everybody. People with whatever customs or from whatever cultural backgrounds can become citizens of Canada, and be treated as equals. The Government of Canada will not interfere with the customs and cultures of her citizens, but will remain neutral in cultural matters, taking no sides and expressing no opinions of her own.
(2) Findings of Our Studies
All cultures and customs exhibit common values and aspirations as well as specific characteristics.
(a) The Government should take the lead in promoting these common values and aspirations so that all citizens will understand and follow them.
(b) Common values include: A respect for the universal truth (“Dao”), benevolence, righteousness, propriety, wisdom and honesty ,and etc. Common aspirations include: safety, peace, health, happiness , long-term development , and etc.
(c) Each citizen must work hard to bring out the best in him/her which is God -given, and through communicating with and learning from others to obtain a better self-understanding. With fully-developed talents, mature emotions, good behaviour and a virtuous character, each citizen can then help to direct his or her cultural group and even the country towards a better course.
(d) A government run by such citizens should be able to rectify communal customs or practices which contradict the common values and aspirations of the people from different cultures but living together, and which threaten the peaceful co- existence and healthy development of society at large.
Perpetual Governance for Enduring Peace and Social Security
A country is built by her people. The good and bad qualities of the people constitute the good and bad qualities of a country. In order to create a country of outstanding quality, it is of paramount importance that the people be educated to become citizens of integrity.
Through enlightenment and virtuous guidance, the benevolent thinkings and emotions of the human being can emerge and be reflected from one’s behaviours which, in turn, contribute to the beauty and harmony of living.
In “The Analects of Confucius”, Master Confucius had shed light on how to nurture the people to become good citizens.
“Led by the enforcement of policies, [and] regulated by the enforcement of penalties, the people will avoid breaking the law but have no sense of shame.
Led by moral ethics, [and] regulated by etiquette, the people will have feelings of shame and reform. ”
In plain language, it means that if a country leads her people by the enforcement of laws and by the imposition of punishments and penalties to set the boundary to refrain her people from disobeying laws and orders, the people will get around by evading rules and avoid breaking the law only for fear of the pain that may be brought to them as a result of the punishments or penalties, but will not consider their wrongful deeds as being unethical and unacceptable, nor will they feel the remorse for the wrongdoings and therefore, the wrongdoers will not make changes in themselves to prevent recurrence of such misconducts. On the other hand, if a country leads her people by imposing guidelines based on moral ethics and etiquettes as measures to prevent her people from acting against the standards of conscience and rules of proprieties so set, the people, being aware of the fact that their misconducts are against such standards or rules and have caused harm to others, will feel guilty, apologetic and are more responsive in making changes in themselves to avoid recurrence of such wrongful deeds."
Based on the above propositions, Master Confucius had proposed four methods to implement his ideas:
1. Virtues: Open up the inner conscientious, benevolent and ethical characteristics of the human heart so that everyone will possess self‑respect, self‑esteem and self-enlightenment.
2. Etiquettes: Inspire everyone to be considerate by first contemplating the needs of others, to exercise care not to cause harm to anybody, and to be able to exhibit spirits of self-discipline to demonstrate righteousness and moral justifications and respect to others.
3. Policies: Promote administrative and legislative regulations and policies that are acceptable to the general public and that are enforceable in the best interests of the community at large, with the government officials taking the lead and the citizens following suit.
4. Punishments: Regulate and implement legislative charges to restrain those who lack self-disciplines from breaking the law and to instill in their minds the importance of the concept of responsibility and the requirement of proper counseling for their misconducts that have jeopardized public interests or caused harm to others.
加國政府為了實現全體國民和諧相處，共創幸福生活的理想，在這多元族裔、宗教、風俗及語言的土地上推行多元文化政策；而非單元文化。多元文化政 策容許國民保留、奉行、促進及分享各自的風俗語言：僅以英、法語為官方共用語言，以人人皆須遵守之法律為共則。不同文化風俗背景人士均為國民，並無賓 主之分。政府處於中立地位 、沒有任何立場及意見。
(ii) 共同品德價值：道、仁、義、禮、智、信、等。共同願望：安全、和平、健康、快樂、長久發展 、等。
(iv) 若有某種風俗習慣違背了共同的普遍價值與願望，會危害着個別以至群體的和平，生存及健康時， 則應輔之以正。
加國目前治安每況愈下，人民缺乏自律精神。國運前途可憂，實應發奮自強，勵貞圖治。加國應切實檢討現狀 : 從多元文化政策改善公民品德教育; 從人權憲章改善刑律。加國可望能迅速改善，邁向長治久安，恢復從前富強康和的傳統文明國度。