UNESCO Charter: Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men
that the defenses of peace must be constructed.
by Robert M. Goldman MD, PhD, DO, FAASP
Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution.
Welcome to the Exponential Age.
... everyone has the same access to world class education.
If the whole human race were to work forever,
they could not make the Earth one atom heavier or lighter.
Nor could they augment or diminish the forces
that produce all motion and sustain all life.
Henry George, Progress and Poverty (1879) pdf format
It’s wonderful to realize that we are all in a family, we are all children of the Earth.
We should take care of each other and we should take care of our environment,
and this is possible with the practice of being together as a large family.
A positive change in individual awareness will bring about a positive change
in the collective awareness. Protecting the planet must be given the first priority. …
make your decision and act to save our beautiful planet.
Changing your way of living will bring you a lot of joy right away and,
with your first mindful breath, healing will begin. – Thich Nhat Hanh,
The World We Have: A Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology (2008)
Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something.
Gil Scott-Heron ~ poet, activist, musician
So, what do we want to do and when will we do it?
Q: How many secular, religious, community-based organizations, non-government and government initiatives have fulfilled their mission to overcome poverty?
With all of the best intentions, we continue to treat the symptoms of injustice and inequity while ignoring the central economic cause. And, we've even become co-dependent on these professions, for the very same reasons—overcoming entrenched economic injustice and inequity. Read about the promise and eventual failure of Jeffrey Sachs' UN Millennium Village Project The End of Poverty, here.
|Reich's American Narratives
Robert Reich has identified four common social narratives that appear within the American sphere (and maybe also wider).
Two are about hope and two about fear.
His principle is that if politicians recognize these and speak to these hopes and fears, then they will resonate with their audience and hence gain trust and votes.
Triumphant individual | Benevolent Community |
Mob at the Gates | Rot at the Top
See Reich explanation here.
The organisation and expression of community disapproval
has become incredibly powerful because it is spontaneous, immediate and authentic.
|There are only two choices - action or inaction
One way of supporting climate and environment is to introduce policies that recognise the gift that land and resources is to ALL humanity. It is not for the few, and the starvation of the many, including wildlife and degradation of the earth itself. Please recognise that, with all people being equal under the law, then all people also have equal access to the bounty of the land and her resources. Personal slavery may have been abolished, but now there is slavery to the banks because of private wealth in land. Please make land a community asset, as it is in the ACT [Canberra], where people can take leases on it, essentially 'owning it', and please make the leases payable to the community - not individuals. – Jane McNab, Melbourne, Australia
On Staying Healthy To Be More Effective
Maintaining a healthy body and mind, and a calm yet highly energized, informed and engaged advocacy for justice, equity, and sustainability takes a strong will and focus, even a passion, and the rewards are great.
Our emotions impact on our health.
The gut-brain connection is subtle. See this 2014 report
Learn Unlearn Re-learn
Imagine our biological reality as individual cells in the whole body of the earth: we need and can create the right environment for "peacefully behaving cells" which lead to healthy bodies and creative, productive, happy, active lives.
Our body replaces 1 billion cells every hour. Everything we think, feel, do, and eat in an hour influences that cell replacement more than stem cell therapy. ... genes can be turned on and off by environmental signals from outside the cell, including thoughts, feelings and emotions. Dr. Bruce Lipton, Biologist, stem-cell research pioneer at Stanford University, and author of The Biology of Belief (2005).
Maintaining pH balance is all about managing oxygen in the body
Paying attention to acid-alkaline balance (or pH Balance) is one of the most crucial ways you can affect your health status. It impacts immunity, digestion, bone strength, symptoms of joint disease, hormones, and the function of essential internal organs. – Susan Lark, M.D.
Cancer cells cannot survive in oxygen. – Astrophysicist Paul Davies.
Download his article: "Exposing cancer's deep evolutionary roots"
published in Physics World July 2013.
Learn how to maintain pH balance HERE
Issues In A Tribunal Hearing
by the Hon John von Doussa
President, Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission
10th March, 2005
On 10 December 1948 the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, marking the first time in history that human rights and fundamental freedoms had been set down in detail in a document adopted by an inter-governmental body.
The declaration has prompted the elaboration of more detailed international instruments which identify particular human rights in more detail, such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic Social And Cultural Rights. Those conventions and the Universal Declaration together are now known as the International Bill of Rights. They legally bind the contracting State parties (Governments) to ensure all people within their territories are free to enjoy the enumerated human rights and fundamental freedoms.
There are important, indeed fundamental, rights where tribunals in all their forms are recognised as a human rights process tool. A sufficient starting point to demonstrate this is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states in the preamble:
Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law.
[...] I think both the bias rule and the hearing rule represent a distillation of good practical common sense over many years by our superior courts. If you are presented with a natural justice argument made complex by the parties and their counsel, remember that common sense is the foundation of the rules and let your commonsense guide you to your answer.
Support for this broad approach may be found in a judgement of Justice Brennan, who has been a leading proponent of natural justice principles. In the leading case of Kioa and West (1985), his Honour said that a decision-maker will observe the principles of natural justice "by adopting a procedure which conforms to the procedure which a reasonable and fair repository of the power would adopt in the circumstances when the power is exercised". >>> more
The Impossibility of Growth
Why collapse and salvation are hard to distinguish from each other.
By George Monbiot
The Guardian, 28th May 2014
Let us imagine that in 3030BC the total possessions of the people of Egypt filled one cubic metre. Let us propose that these possessions grew by 4.5% a year. How big would that stash have been by the Battle of Actium in 30BC? This is the calculation performed by the investment banker Jeremy Grantham(1). Go on, take a guess. Ten times the size of the pyramids? All the sand in the Sahara? The Atlantic ocean? The volume of the planet? A little more? It’s 2.5 billion billion solar systems(2). It does not take you long, pondering this outcome, to reach the paradoxical position that salvation lies in collapse.
Ignore if you must climate change, biodiversity collapse, the depletion of water, soil, minerals, oil; even if all these issues were miraculously to vanish, the mathematics of compound growth make continuity impossible.
|To succeed is to destroy ourselves.
To fail is to destroy ourselves.
That is the bind we have created.
Economic growth is an artefact of the use of fossil fuels. Before large amounts of coal were extracted, every upswing in industrial production would be met with a downswing in agricultural production, as the charcoal or horse power required by industry reduced the land available for growing food. Every prior industrial revolution collapsed, as growth could not be sustained(3). But coal broke this cycle and enabled – for a few hundred years – the phenomenon we now call sustained growth.
It was neither capitalism nor communism that made possible the progress and the pathologies (total war, the unprecedented concentration of global wealth, planetary destruction) of the modern age. It was coal, followed by oil and gas. The meta-trend, the mother narrative, is carbon-fuelled expansion. Our ideologies are mere subplots. Now, as the most accessible reserves have been exhausted, we must ransack the hidden corners of the planet to sustain our impossible proposition. >>> more
Noam Chomsky: Who Owns the Earth?
Excerpt: That the Earth now desperately needs defense from impending environmental catastrophe is surely obvious to any rational and literate person. The different reactions to the crisis are a most remarkable feature of current history. At the forefront of the defense of nature are those often called “primitive”: members of indigenous and tribal groups, like the First Nations in Canada or the Aborigines in Australia—the remnants of peoples who have survived the imperial onslaught. At the forefront of the assault on nature are those who call themselves the most advanced and civilized: the richest and most powerful nations. The struggle to defend the commons takes many forms. >>> more
Emerging 21st century popular movements:
Paul Ray, a sociologist researching the development of the most consequential social evolution of our era, the emergence of the “Cultural Creatives”, named them that because they are already creating a new culture. He described them as both inner directed and social activists—people who care deeply about ecology and sustainable energy, organic and local, peace and social justice—but also about authenticity, self-actualization, spirituality and relationships. Strangely, most feel oddly isolated in society. If they only knew how large their numbers are, and how promising their creativity is—if they could get past their isolation and interact with each other in economic and organized ways, many good things might follow.
In The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World (2000), Paul Ray and Sherry Anderson observed that Cultural Creatives include two subdivisions:
Core Cultural Creatives:
This segment comprises the more educated, leading-edge thinkers, including writers, artists, musicians, feminists, psychotherapists, alternative health care providers and other professionals. They combine a serious focus on their spirituality with a strong passion for social justice and equity.
Green Cultural Creatives:
The more secular and extroverted wing of the Cultural Creatives follow the opinions of the Core group.
Sentiment with action is the renewal of the soul. – Dr. Lorin Lindner
The Occupy Movement and The Evolution of the Butterfly
As the butterfly is an evolutionary advance over the caterpillar, so the Occupy Movement can be seen as an effort to promote an advance over an unjust economic model.
In this video, cell biologist Dr Bruce Lipton shares his vision of the Occupy Movement.
Like a caterpillar, which must change its form to survive, our society birthed a revolutionary movement when it became evident that the system the 1% built was no longer sustainable for humanity. After society broke down and went into its metaphorical cocoon (triggered by the economic collapse), unique individuals came together, carrying with them the blueprint for a beautiful new structure, mirroring the cellular process of the caterpillar as it takes on a new form. – Film producer, director Abraham Heisle
From 1987 to 1992, Professor of Anatomy Bruce Lipton was involved in the early stages of stem cell research at Penn State and Stanford University Medical Center. Author of several books, including his pivotal work, The Biology of Belief (2005), his groundbreaking scientific studies found that genes can be turned on and off by environmental signals from outside the cell, including thoughts, feelings and emotions.
What is Prof. Bruce Lipton point?
Partial video interview transcript:
We perceive ourselves as single individual entities. The truth is we are actually comprised of upwards to 50 trillion individual living cells. Each cell is a sentient being, so therefore each cell is like a citizen in a large community of 50 trillion entities in one population. So the body is not a single entity. It is a community. In the body, the shared vision that coordinates all the functions of the cell is what we call 'the mind'. The mind is like a government for the 50 trillion cells. But the moment you introduce fear into the system, that is the first thing that causes the community to break down. Fear is the primary cause of the stresses that promote the illnesses and diseases that we face as humans.
If we could ultimately get rid of fear in our population, then basically we would put all of our reserves, all of our energy and all of our body systems into the mode of growth and maintenance, and therefore, not only would we be healthy as individuals, but then, as a community, all healthy individuals in a community would raise the level of life in that particular community so that there is the great possibility of a future of growth and peace and harmony once the concept of fear is removed from our belief system.
The Beauty of Collaboration!
A subset of the people cannot
claim title to the planet
German police officers escort an anti-capitalism protest march with the people of Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, May 19, 2012.
Protesters peacefully filled the city center of continental Europe's biggest financial hub in their protest against the dominance of banks and what they perceive to be untamed capitalism, Frankfurt police spokesman Ruediger Regis said.
The protest group Blockupy called for blocking the access to the European Central Bank, which is located in Frankfurt's business district. Source
There is a hunger...
as if, under the surface, the world was full of closet egalitarians. – Kate Pickett, Professor of Epidemiology, co-author with Richard G. Wilkinson of The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better and a co-founder of The Equality Trust.