The Need for Peace
"Man can no longer live for himself alone. We must realize that all life is valuable and that we are united to all life. From this knowledge comes our spiritual relationship to the universe." Albert Schweitzer
The world we live in is filled with conflict, division, hate, greed and ongoing quests for power - power over others (a separatist, hierarchical mentality) rather than power with others (an unity, equality mentality). At the same time, there are evidences of a wave of change, a new consciousness spreading around the planet. It has humanity "waking up" to repair the schisms, dispel the fears and create new institutions that reflect our capacity to achieve world peace. Peace is the foundation of a new civilization, not simply the final goal. When we have finally realized peace on earth, then we can begin to live with full creativity and possibilities of greatness.
Selected Peace Issues & Solutions
Peaceful EnvironmentsPeace is much more than the absence of war and violence - it is the application of cooperation, respect, justice and understanding. Peace is expressed through creating unity in diversity; implementation of basic human rights of personal security, health, food, shelter, education, creativity of expression, and the pursuit of happiness; sustainable & ecological development; and democracy.
We can begin to exercise peace by learning peace principles and manifesting them in our lives. These aspects are addressed in all of our TFP Programs.
Human Rights & Well-BeingPeople of the world live in various states of well-being. Abstractly, these states can be analyzed and placed on a development continuum, with 20% of the populace (1.2 billion) at the "abject poverty" end and another 20% (1.2 billion) at the "extreme wealth" end. The remaining 3.7 billion people, or 60% of world population, all live in "less developed" countries (LDCs). More concretely, 1.3 billion people lack access to safe drinking water, 2.4 billion people are without basic sanitation, and 1.1 billion people lack adequate housing (United Nations Populations Fund 2002). It is fruitful that we remain conscious of these people in misery, and that we dialogue for solutions on how to close these distances between states of well-being in reality.
On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Alleviating poverty and providing jobs, water, food, shelter, and education to all people is the first step to creating peace. Rural people are not necessarily poor or in poverty. However, cases of human strife and suffering must be uplifted and healed, and hope restored, before a peaceful world will come about.
Sustainable DevelopmentSustainable development (SD) is much more than that development which lasts for a long time - it is development in harmony with the natural environment and with the social & spiritual factors of human life. The United Nations has declared 2005 through 2014 as a Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD). How do we provide solutions for scarce water resources, security, shelter, food for the world's growing populations? How do we implement clean building practices (green buildings, solar, wind & others) to preserve our natural environments and bring back health to all air, water, and land? How do we bring equity between global North & South, and assist those countries who are developing to bring in these clean practices in an economic manner that does not burden their people? This topic is our future, and the UNDESD will prove useful to finding these answers. Our TFP classes and workshops address many of these topics.
Community-Based Ecotourism (CBE)Community-based ecotourism (CBE) is based on the assets that a community has, and brings control of those assets into community hands. Usually these communities are in rural areas, and have many natural resources available to them that can be used as attractions for tourists: waterfalls, wildlife, mountains, jungles, oceans, lakes, and more. Additionally, cultural aspects of the community - crafts, history, ethnicity, archeology - can be used as attractions. CBE allows local residents to have a say over development of their lands, make decisions on revenue distributions, and promote local crafts, talents, and visions, thus both economically & socially empowering local people, while preserving their environment & culture.
Diversity is Good!Honoring diversity of cultures and peoples is critical to creating an unified world at peace. The wisdom of indigenous peoples, and of all men, women, and children in our human community, can be incorporated into development plans for future sustainability and peace.
For example, building modern developments on archeological sites, sacred grounds and environmentally sensitive areas can result in the loss of connection between people and the land, and could dishonor ancient ties to Spirit. Economic decisions can be based on diverse spiritual and ethical perspectives, producing win-win solutions to modern day practices.
When we bring diverse viewpoints to the table, we ultimately find better solutions. Honoring diversity, from traditional methods to modern technologies, brings value and respect to all, and creates unified ownership by the team, business, family, community, nation, and world.
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