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.
Future Predictions Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution.
Welcome to the Exponential Age.
... everyone has the same access to world class education.
– Robert M. Goldman MD, PhD, DO, FAASP See more of Dr. Goldman's "Future Predictions" 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 (1949-2011) ~ poet, activist, musician
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? A: None! 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.
The organisation and expression of community disapproval has become incredibly powerful because it is spontaneous, immediate and authentic.
Four American Narratives Robert Reich has identified four common social narratives that appear within the American sphere (and maybe also wider). 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. See Rech detailed explanation here.
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.
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.
Can changing our human values create a better future? Professor Julian Savulescu Director, Institute for Science and Ethics, University of Oxford
June 2012 interview.
Published to YouTube, September 2012
Human choices and our behaviour are ultimately the causes of climate change, poverty... and the world around us. Julian Savulescu considers whether changing human values and making different ethical choices can create a better world.
Partial transcript: "For the first time, our fate is in our hands, and our world will be the result of our choices. … Our institute is interested in the role of peoples’ values and psychology in those choices. So, we don’t study the environment, itself, we study the individual actor or the human animal. Why do people have the values they have? And how can those values be changed? … In this century we need a new set of values that can be shared all around the world. … We want to understand what our obligations are to people in a different way. So, capitalism, free-market economics have all been extremely valuable drivers of change and development. And I’m a great libertarian in support of those. But today we need a new set of values. We can’t just say what’s good is what people want. We have to understand what is good, and how we should relate to each other: What levels of sacrifice we should have; What our obligations are to take responsibility - not just for what we do, but, now, for what we allow to do - what we allow to happen. This century offers possibilities of unparalleled levels of well-being, around the world. But it also offers the possibility of annihilation. And it’s up to us how we make those choices and we need an understanding of our psychology, not just to taylor policies, but to try to influence people’s behaviour. And we need ethics. We need a new set of values - around equality, around tolerance, and around the appropriate levels of sacrifice to enable everyone to have a decent chance to have a decent life.”
– See more of Professor Julian Savulescu's video links here
Natural Justice 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.
To succeed is to destroy ourselves.
To fail is to destroy ourselves.
That is the bind we have created.
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.
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
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
"In 1993, a few individuals decided to take a stance against corruption and created Transparency International. Now present in more than 100 countries, the movement works relentlessly to stir the world’s collective conscience and bring about change. Much remains to be done to stop corruption, but much has also been achieved... ">>> more
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! The German protest group Blockupy called for blocking the access to the European Central Bank, which is located in Frankfurt's business district. 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. Source
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 our health.
The fact that intestinal GUT bacteria affects mental health is gaining ground: The gut-brain connection is subtle, according to 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.
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.