THE HUMAN CALLING: Three Thousand Years of Eastern and Western Philosophical History
Comparative Research and Communication on Faith & Value
We conduct and fund comparative research and communication in Religions between East and West in order to promote cross-cultural understanding of faith and belief systems. We are especially interested in research that results in practical methods that can guide believers to take action.
This comparative research on philosophical history was conducted by Mr. Daofeng He, the president of Daofeng and Angela Foundation. The output of this research is Daofeng He’s new book, THE HUMAN CALLING: Three Thousand Years of Eastern and Western Political Philosophy (Morgan James Faith; April 26, 2022).
We are living in an era where predatory monopolies are intensified, governments are over-expanded, and personal agency is weakened. Global social turmoil is at an all-time high. From the Occupy Movement and the “Great Resignation” in the United States to the “Laying Flat” mentality in China, we have found that in this global, technocratic, money worshipping, and ultra-pragmatic system, more and more people are losing faith in their value as an individual. Politicians and corporations around the world have hijacked the public forum and turned public media into a tool to enhance their interests. How can people see the machinations in this enormous, complex international system and realize their value as individuals and members of communities? How can they regain their autonomy?
Daofeng He’s illuminating new book, THE HUMAN CALLING: Three Thousand Years of Eastern and Western Political Philosophy (Morgan James Faith; April 26, 2022) is a journey into the past to help us navigate into the future. He believes that we must understand the origins and development of the competing philosophies, beliefs, and ideologies between the East and the West in order to truly understand the roots of conflicts and turbulence in the world today. This will allow us to reconstruct the sacred origin of the modern universal value system and help people rediscover the dignity and public grace of individual life.
The Research Content
The Human Calling is a vigorously researched and profoundly spiritual narrative history of the world’s religious movements as they relate to society’s collective understanding of the duties they have to fellow people and looks ahead to what lessons from history can be applied as people navigate a technological age.
Focusing on the rise and fall of spiritual movements in both the East and West, The Human Calling examines what the world’s major religions have historically offered, asks what people are here for outside of pure survival, and makes the persuasive argument for Christianity as the best leader to guide individuals on the path toward better caring for one another—our human calling. The Human Calling takes readers through humanity’s three great thought movements:
The first is the Axial Age, the source of the first great human reflection on public spirit and public order.
The second is the 12th-17th centuries, wrestles with the question of whether people can attain individual rationality in God’s order.
The third delves into the independent reasoning societies of the 20thand 21st centuries and looks forward to what people want their third great reflection on God’s plan to be during their own period of societal flux.
About the Researcher
An entrepreneur, economist, philanthropist, and policy researcher, Daofeng He was born in Yunnan, a rural province in southwest China, and currently resides in Bethesda, MD.
In the US, Mr. He has appeared on CBS, and Fox News and the podcast “Veteran’s and Community Healthy” by Sunday Magazine (WMAL 105.9 FM) to discuss his COVID-19 rescue efforts, which he described as asking God’s calling to help fellow Americans.
Through his Maryland-based family foundation, he launched the Life Preservation Initiative (LPI) in March 2020 to donate 1,000,000 sets of PPE to frontline healthcare workers and vulnerable communities in the fight against COVID-19. Under Mr. He’s leadership, the LPI collaborated with Christian organizations such as the Salvation Army, Bowery Mission, and the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. The LPI and Mr. He have been covered in 23 press outlets including NBC, ABC, and New Evangelization Television.
In 1994, Mr. He founded the Human Resources Development Center of Western China to work with the World Bank to increase labor mobility from inland rural areas to developed coastal areas in China. This project successfully resettled 600,000 workers from impoverished counties and reskilled them to perform factory jobs or find other employment. He then went on to chair many successful business endeavors.
In 1999, while chairman of Huaxia West Company, he decided to additionally serve as acting president of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA), refusing a salary. Leading an NGO independently of the government came with significant political risks, but Mr. He was determined to see social reform come to China and took many measures to protect CFPA’s work. Mr. He has been published extensively in China.
In 2019, Mr. He received the President’s Volunteer Service Award from the White House for his outstanding service to fellow Americans and those most in need. The same year, Mr. He received three more awards, including the United Nations NGO/Department of Public Information’s Outstanding Achievement Award for International Alleviation, the Global Outstanding Social Entrepreneur Award at the Global Corporate Social Responsibility Summit in New York, and the International Leadership Foundation’s Leadership Award in Washington, DC.
Mr. He has been published extensively in China. The Human Calling is his first book published in the United States.
The Chinese version of The Human Calling has been published in China in 2021 and has received an overwhelming response.