Communication History, Introduction, Overview, Pre ancient civilizations 5,000 years ago

Moral Innovators’ introduction to the “oldest” Religion

Xingraomiwo (幸饶弥沃, or Shenrab Miwo) was the founder of Tibet’s Bonismo (雍仲本教) Religion. The root of this religion, Bon (本, or Tibetan བོན་), is translated as core or moral character. Using similar methods as Irish Archbishop Ussher’s calculations to show Adam and Eve were born in the year 4004bce, Shenrab Miwo is believed to be born ~ 3,800 years ago, around the time Abraham was born in Ur. We know that followers of Abrahamic religions include Judaism, Christianity and Islam, representing 60% of 7+ billion people today.

While Bonismo was formalized 3,800 years ago, the oral tradition went back over 13,000 years when humans settled from their nomadic lifestyle. This means Bonismo pre-dates all major religions. Note that Bonismo is not the religion of Dali Lama who preaches a form of Buddhism preached by Buddha who lived about 2,500 years ago. Bonismo is also related to Dongba, among the world’s last active pictograph languages and religion popular in places like Yunnan Province, China. I have seen, first hand, the Dongba pictograph written in front of me by a teenager who interpreted what he wrote to me.

The equivalent of the book of genesis in this religion describes developing harmony with nature. The scripture has thousands of volumes and the earliest documents came from the Ali region of Tibet called “Tripitaka (象雄大藏经).” One of the books Kanjur (甘珠尔 or Tibetan བཀའ་འགྱུར ) has 187 sections that include religion, philosophy, logic, literature, arts, astrology, medicine, science and engineering. There is a recorded 4th meeting of this religion in the current day Sri Lanka back in the year 29 bce, over 2000 years ago. There is a Chinese book published in 2006 and reprinted in 2012 translated by ChaCang GaCangCaiDan (察仓尕藏才旦). The book describes the nomadic settlements that were isolated by both the high mountains and the influx of Zoroastrian, Buddhism, Chinese Dao, and other religions that have taken over Bonismo as a religion. Today, over 10% of Tibetans are still Bonismo followers, and Bonismo was recognized in 2014 as a protected cultural heritage by the Chinese government.

Geographically, the Ali region of Tibet is near the 6,721 meter high Mount Kailash (冈仁波齐峰) where the rainfall and melted ice flow into the Indus River and is sacred for Bonismo, Hindu, Buddhism and Jainism religions. As part of the Himalayas, this is where India tectonic plate collided with the Eurasian tectonic plate 50 million years ago. Today, Eurasian plate is still being deformed, and compressed at a rate of 4mm/year, meaning the Himalayas will continue to increase in height over time. The other way to look at this region is the fact that this was the coastal region for the island of Asia when the dinosaurs roamed until 65 million years ago, where the world’s largest volcanic eruption ever occurred over 30,000 years near today’s Mumbai, India that created the Deccan traps, before the island of India collided to become part of South Asia, creating the Himalayan mountain range that includes Mount Kailash. This is also near the region where 38 million year old primates were found in Asia, contemporary to African primates.

So what? So this region has a long history of changes, and their cultural heritage can tell us our long tradition of harmony with nature, living with moral integrity, free from the pressure to maximize wealth and try to join the top 1% of wealthy humans that control a disproportionately large share of wealth created by all humans. Everyone should have a chance to work hard and command their own lifestyles without exploitation of other humans. This, by definition, is zen. Among the visitors to this region to learn the art of zen? Steve Jobs.

Communication History, Innovators World, Warrior World

Moral Innovator Perspectives on the Media

Aljazeer America’s three journalists sentenced to 7-10 year in Egyptian prison sparked debate on Media freedom. Professor Paul Starr’s 2004 award winning book on “The Creation of the Media” illustrates how USA and European morality/ethics lagged innovations in the Moral Innovation framework related to the media primarily in the USA and Europe between 16th century and the year 1945. Professor Michele Hilmes’ 2007 book “Only Connect” covers the cultural history of US broadcasting to the 21st century. Together, they described 4 waves of innovations: 1) USA revolution and revolt against UK taxes; 2) privatize telegraph; 3) mass (i.e. high volume low price) media from newspapers to telegraph/telephone and movies that spawned the advertising industry; and 4) public investment in science, technology and higher education, giving the internet today. While Professor Starr mentioned Francis Bacon’s “Knowledge is Power” and the unequal treatment of African Americans in education, for example, his focus on morality concentrated on anti-obscenity, contraception and abortion by Anthony Comstock’s group and the YMCA/WCTU movement that began in the second half of the 19th century. There was no mention of the Treaties of Tordesillas nor Zaragoza which gave the world to Portugal and Spain that led to the annihilation of the indigenous cultures in the Americas and transported over 10 million African males to the Americas as slaves. It would have been interesting to know how the media covered the 20% royalty payment to the Spanish king, including the world’s largest ransom paid for the release of the Incas King Atahuallpa, was used to finance an armada that was defeated by Britain in 1588, exposing the wealth available in the New World, and the first French and British settlements in North America between 1604 and 1607. We do not know how much the development of the news media was driven by investors of British East India Company or Dutch East India Company who, along with USA, Japan, Russia and other western powers, ignored local laws in order to accumulate wealth through the production and delivery of opium into China, ironically at roughly the same time USA and UK espoused Victorian morality at home. Within the USA, how did the media cover the Burlingame Treaty of 1868 that liberated Chinese immigration, only to be revoked by The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 that was extended by the Geary Act of 1892 until they were repealed in the Magnuson Act of 1943? These activities violated the Golden Rule: “Do unto others what you want the others to do unto you.” Another violation of the Golden Rule, namely the internment of fellow American citizens of Japanese descent during World War II, was redressed both with an apology and monetary compensation in 1988.

Egypt, like all other situations, is unique. For over 600 years until the 1800s, Mamluks were lifetime Egyptian soldiers who were mostly Turkish at birth, but kidnapped as babies to serve in Egypt. Even though Mamluks were believed to have been annihilated, the loyal Egyptian soldiers still maintain power today, including the newly elected President. We do not know how Aljazeera journalists communicated with the Muslim Brotherhood to deliver what message, but we do know with a 50 year lag that President Eisenhower’s Project Ajax connected US CIA with Britain to overthrow Iran’s elected government officials in the 1950s and installed the Shah of Iran who was overthrown in 1980, leading to a fundamentalist Iran which is the only Muslim country with a Shiite majority today. We must try hard to follow the Golden Rule “Do undo others what you want others to do unto you” in order to sustain a harmonious world. Hopefully the truth will give us more knowledge to help set these journalists free.