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The Human Calling: Three Thousand Years of Eastern and Western Philosophical History

 
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 20th and 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

 

 
“A fertilizer for future generations,” is how Daofeng He, author of THE HUMAN CALLING and founder of the  

DAOFENG AND ANGELA FOUNDATION, sees his current role in the world.

 

  • Born and raised in China in the 1950’s, surrounded by endless violence, famine and hills of trees cut down to stumps, he would bury his head under a blanket while trying to sleep and have nightmares. All the while trying to understand the world around him and why it was this way.
  • In college is where Daofeng had a new awakening and perspective – which then allowed him to draft policy changes for the liberation of the individual in China – and later, non-government run businesses could develop – bringing an updated concept to China: being a civil servant was not the only way to serve the country.
  • In time, his focus was on how to alleviate poverty  – one, the more obvious, feed someone when they are hungry, but also, cultivate self-reliance – to make yourself capable – he help get billions of dollars-worth of small loans to women – so they could be empowered. He even traveled to the Sudan, in a country where they even had to import cement, he saw the building of a $1 million dollar, modern hospital.
  • In 2015, Daofeng retired to Maryland with some heavy questions on his mind: “What kind of life is really worth living?”
  • Today, he works to remind people not to forget others when you prosper. Through his charitable foundation, he helped organize obtaining a million masks/PPE to frontline workers at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, has taught at Georgetown University and uses his foundation to support local projects, including creating natural looking benches at the C & O Canal Park.
  • Through his foundation, new book and work Daofeng is hopeful that he is building a pipeline for future talent.

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