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1. To explore the classical and renaissance traditions of East and West and their continuing relevance to emerging modes and patterns of living.
To strengthen contemporary and emerging patterns in world culture, it is important to establish lines of continuity between historical cultures and the present. Better roots for the future may be put down by examining and sifting the broad perspectives and specific practices of the past, in conjunction with study of present needs and aspirations.
2. To renew the universal vision behind the American Dream through authentic affirmations of freedom, excellence and self-transcendence in an ever-evolving Republic of Conscience.
Renewal of the American Dream requires both a generous understanding of that Dream, and thoughtful applications of its vision and tenets in public and private life. Authentic affirmations call for the raising of fundamental questions about America, willingness to examine various formulations of issues, and for a resolve to test out the implications of possible stands in terms of the universal values of freedom, excellence, and self-transcendence. The ability to follow through in these tasks may be strengthened by continuous study of the democratic ideal in history and those original thinkers who inspired its practice.
3. To honour through appropriate observance the contributions of men and women of all ages to world culture.
Honouring the lives of men and women who have added to the quality of our life both elevates our sense of humanity and broadens our view of the possible. The legacy of noble and exemplary men like Lincoln and Shelley, Einstein and the Buddha, is a great resource for enrichment of life in the present and future.
4. To enhance the enjoyment of the creative artistry and craftsmanship of all cultures
Art, in all its forms, reveals essential truths about the nature of human life. It demonstrates the innate desire of human beings to express themselves in symbols and the rich variety of forms those symbols can assume. The artistic process itself is an aspect of that creative impulse which also inspires the work of philosophers and scientists, as well as that of craftsmen and artisans.
5. To deepen awareness of the universality of man's spiritual striving and its rich variety of expression in the religions, philosophies and literatures of humanity
The effort to live out spiritual aspirations both involves individual expression and benefits from awareness of the common strivings of all men and women. A universal quest for a deeper and abiding sense of reality can be found not only in various religions, but also in high philosophical and literary traditions. Greater understanding of this shared search does yield much needed tolerance. Equally important, it strengthens individual capacities for commitment to self-chosen expressions of ideals.
6. To promote forums for fearless inquiry and constructive dialogue concerning the frontiers of science, the therapeutics of self-transformation, and the societies of the future
Knowledge of greater nature, of modes and possibilities for self-transformation, and of parameters of social organization must be drawn together in contemplating the prospect of an emerging world culture. Intellectual limitation, as well as aimless speculation, oppose this necessary synthesis and may be avoided by a true interdisciplinary forum directed toward a composite science of Man.
7. To investigate the imaginative use of the spiritual, mental and material resources of the globe in the service of universal welfare
Despite the growing recognition of global interdependence in material resource management, there is yet only slight understanding of spiritual and mental resources – the energies and birthright of Man. How these may be located and tapped, how they are to be distributed and used, and how they interact with concepts of scarcity and plenty in the material realm, are questions scarcely even asked.
8. To examine changing social structures in terms of the principle that a world culture is greater than the sum of its parts and to envision the conditions, prospects and possibilities of the world civilization of the future
Whether it is taken as a guiding principle or a fundamental perception it seems that holistic and synthetic thinking is vital to envisioning the world's future. The method of extrapolation of particulars is of limited validity when seeking to grasp the global closure of numberless lines of thought and action. The intelligent integration of changing social structures into a genuine world civilization requires a high precision of thought applied to an ever-refining sense of the logic of social life.
9. To assist in the emergence of men and women of universal culture, capable of continuous growth in non-violence of mind, generosity of heart and harmony of soul
World culture and civilization will always depend upon the existence of men and women able to see themselves and all others as citizens of the world. Education is, therefore, the invisible thread that binds together all genuine attempts to advance universal culture, and the continuous unfolding of the potentials of the mind, heart and soul is both the substance and the object of world culture.
10. To promote universal brotherhood and to foster human fellowship among all races, nations and cultures
Above all, universal brotherhood is the sovereign guiding principle and aim of all Institute activities. the Institute is a synthesizing agent intended to assist men and women to become more creative citizens of their own countries by becoming citizens of the world. This global awareness is a precondition for the emergence of an organic and viable range of interdependent social structures of the future. The aims of the Institute merge in the furtherance of this awareness among all men and women of good will.