As we move into a new global era the resources of Chinese culture will be
called upon both for its people and for others throughout the world. Deep
acknowledgment therefore is due to the Institute of Philosophy of the Shanghai
Academy of Social Sciences for their foresight in choosing this issue:
"Beyond Modernization: Chinese Roots for Global Awareness" and for
bringing to it their wisdom and vision.
Under the leadership of Professor Wang Miaoyang, for many years the
Institute has explored deeply the pathways for the people. May this work and
that of his colleagues continue to bear fruit into the coming millennium.
To this John Farrelly brings a study of the parallel, and indeed
convergent, contribution to spiritual civilization found in Encyclical on Human
The meeting in this volume of these two streams suggests hope for this