Doug Ogilvie: The anarcho-gnostic credo
This is a work-in-progress. I’d appreciate any thoughts you might have on how it might be improved, cheers, Doug.
The anarcho-gnostic credo for the new, Aquarian, millennia, which begins about 2012, according to the Gregorian calendar.
Members of the meek-minded Movement believe in the imminence of a new, golden, age, of consensual anarchy, peace-on-earth and/or unity-in-diversity for us and for the, living,aeon and/or elohim whom we are, organically, within.
And that this must be preceded by a revolution in thinking and behaving, wherein much violence will be enacted by the governmentalists and the nihilists; against both one another and we anarchists who, in solidarity, will be more than a match, this time, for them.Some call this envisioned event the, intended, end of evolution (which has an intelligent design), an apocalyptic revelation, of the Truth, a collective change in consciousness and/or an ascension unto heaven, by God's elect, on earth.
This quantum leap in cerebral evolution, we believe, will be achievedby the meek-minded, as distinctfrom the self-righteous, species of generic man, i.e. those of us who can prove we can be trusted to be personally self-governing; which means understanding, obeying and enacting, as our common way of life, the golden rule of karma, agape love and/or pay-back reciprocity (vide Matthew, 7.12, and elsewhere in, eclectic, Wisdom literature).
This means cooperating, autonomously; rather than managing, obeying, excluding or competing by means of institutions, such as corporate bodies and their formal roles, as we mainly do, despite our token acts of charity, today.
The old win-lose and lose-lose ways and days are done and, as predicted by foresighted seers, are due to be superseded now, following an economic collapse, pandemic plague and pestilence and a global war, by the egalitarian, win-win, way of interacting, for those who can prove our
fitness to survive the terrors of the time.
Half of the human genus will, self-righteously, including scornfully, oppose this, lifestyle, change and so this transformation implies a bifurcation, globally, along its good-versus-evil, separation line, of the entire homo genus.
This also means the end of corporate capitalism, corporate socialism, guru-governed disciplines, patriotic nationalism and religious fundamentalism which, albeit useful in the past, have passed their use-by date.
This means we'll see the end of mankind/s political economies, managed meritocracies, exclusive monogamies, private property for profit and money as a measure of value and/or a store of wealth, and of those that depend on them, and the other, established, institutions of man-made Babylon.
Until then we take ourselves including what we, and our heroic idols, say and do, far too seriouslyfor our own good. Crazy eh? Cheers, Doug Ogilvie
"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music."Frederick Nietzsche.
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December 20, 2007
I shall be very much short. I looked your site. I like your positive ideals, and also your belief in destruction of an industrial civilization. But I do not see at you of those social forces (classes or actors), which can ensure positive ideals and rescue humankind from a death together with an industrial (capitalism and socialism) civilization.
I created 30 years back new social science (on the basis of generalization of many sociologists of the past), which for the first time in the world opened the new, sphere classes of the population, which are harmonious on the nature. This science and new worldview, appropriate to it, are submitted in more details in my more 200 works, including 12 books. Main of them are published on our site "Peace from harmony ": www.peacefromharmony.org
I proved an existence of the sphere classes for Russia. Now it is necessary to prove for USA, China, Europe and etc. It is very expensive research. In a minimum it requires $80 thousand. I invite you to this research, if you will find for it this money. It will be the fundamental contribution to a social science, which till now is absent. Are you ready to accept participation in it?
Best harmony wishes,
December 21, 2007
Peter Bentley. Letter about the Global Harmony Association
Thank you indeed. Many, many congratulations to all who have contributed to the developmentofthe Global Harmony Association. A superb effort & a great start to helping build an even better World ..... providing that we can literally survive the trials & tribulations of the coming years! There is much work to do.
I am currently staying with Doug Ogilvie an Educator & Author who owns "Magic Garden",a 100acre property an hour South of Brisbane & 15 minutes from the Pacific Ocean. His 3rd book, "Aquarian Apocalypse", is nearly finished ..... he considers that unless we can make the mighty turnaround needed to 'get back on track', billions of folk will perish through various causes within the next decade!
I wish I could have put in my "quattie's" worth ..... Quattie is an old Jamaican saying&was equivalent to about 5 US cents. However, I have very limited time on the Computer as I use one at the Library ..... & really do need much more time to do all that is necessary. Please accept my apologies for not contributing-but I did note originally that you had an excellent team with you.
Good on you! May the Global Harmony Association grow from strength to strength. Harmony(Holistic including Health, Nutrition, Spiritual ..... the lot!!) is essential for genuine Peace. You will have seen this little Peace Motto:
Peace through Work
Peace through Dialogue
Peace through Science
Peace through Order
Peace through Unity
Peace through Harmony
Peace through Love.
I will circulate the information in your E-mail.
Please could you Forward this to your wonderful team as I do not have many of their E-mail addresses.
Walk Good ..... with Love - & in Harmony!
Vice President - South Pacific, Antartica & Australasia for the
International Association of Educators for World Peace (IAEWP).
Global Harmony Association: harmonious ideas,knowledge and projects
I am very grateful you for your warm words and congratulations to our excellent team, which achieved the next great success in creation of the Global Harmony Association. (For three years our excellent team "Peace from Harmony" achieved three unique successes not having analogues in the world: Harmonious Era Calendar, Magna Carta of Harmony and Global Harmony Association).
We agree with you and your friend Doug Ogilvie (warm hi to him from us) "that unless we can make the mighty turnaround needed to 'get back on track', billions of folk will perish through various causes within the next decade!" This ‘mighty turn’ we see in turn to a natural social harmony of the spheres classes of humankind, i.e. to its harmonious social nature.
This nature of humankind remains unknown for it and its old social science. Only in a new social science "Tetrasociology" and created on its basis "Magna Carta of Harmony" by 43 authors of our team is opened deep harmony of a social nature. In our Magna Carta is written down: "The humankind or will survive in harmony, or it will destroy itself". Other alternative does not exist. That the humankind goes to Apocalypse it is clearly for a long time, but HOW to go to harmony: it nobody knows, except for our team.
Unfortunately, even in it, some peacemakers and professors do not understand a sphere nature of social harmony and leave the team. The way of our team is very difficult, isfilled by ideological and other conflicts, which, in my opinion, are natural. The resolutions of these conflicts strengthen our team and lift its authority. one left the team and two new are replaced his. Only from the external side the life of our team can seem to you by idyllic, what it is very far from reality.
The difficulties, disagreements, conflicts, leaving from the team will not stop it,because it knows, WHAT and HOW to make. As scientific knowledge of a sphere nature of social harmony have units, and without mass owning by this knowledge "the mighty turn" humankind to a survival is impossible, the FIRST task for the Global Harmony Association becomes creation of the International Open Academy of Harmony. The group of our team develops this project now and soon it will present to the Association members. You and your friend also could join this project.
A Hymn to Harmony is other project of our Association. This Hymn is created as the art product capable to inspire the different peoples on creation of harmony. TheWorld Poets Society promised to undertake creation of its text. Our team prepares the appropriate Appeal to the world poets and also the probable thesaurus for this Hymn.
You correctly felt Holism of harmony uniting not only Health, Nutrition, Spiritual but also all your remarkable mottos, which only all together (i.e. inside harmony), are capable to result in the genuine Peace.
Please, do not apologize for your "not contributing" and join our projects and ideas. Please, get acquainted more deeply with our Magna Carta of Harmony (http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=3)and with the Association Statutes (http://www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=249; especially with the clauses 3 and 4-below), and also with Tetrasociology (http://www.peacefromharmony.org/docs/2-1_eng.pdf), on the basis of which they are created. Please, let us to know your opinion about them and our projects.
The many translate the Magna Carta and Statutes on other languages of the world. If you know them, you also could make the appropriate translations, that others peoples and the cultures knew them. Then more people we shall interest in harmonious ideas, knowledge and projects than the faster there will be "the mighty turn" humankind to sole way of its survival: to a sphere nature of social harmony.
(I apologize for my English and would be very grateful you and others for its preliminary editing, and for the invitation on some months in one of universities for reading lectures and researches. My English is my large personal problem in our team, for what many and rightly criticize me).
As to the communications, I, certainly, shall include you, as our Association member, in our emailing list. Besides I invite you to join in our forum: Please, join our forum through or through the moderator of our group Dr Renato Corsetti: firstname.lastname@example.org
I was in Brisbane at 2002 on the 16th Sociological Congress. Though it is delightful city, but I felt at edge of the Earth. It seems you test similar feeling, if I am not mistaken. Please, actively join our work and you will feel yourself not at edge but at the Earth centre!
Best Harmony Wishes,
Dear Leo, Ada, and everyone,
May I also congratulate you all on this merger, which gives us all so much inspiration and hope.
I am an American woman, an expat studying Norwegian. I feel moved to share with you something I wrote a few days ago: "Every day, when I go to language school, I sit between a helpful Iraqi man and an Iranian woman who feels like the long-lost sister I never had.
That's when I'm not sitting next to a very nice woman from Vietnam, or another woman from Afghanistan. We are all going to school together in the land which hosts the Peace Prize- Norway- and yet when the teacher asks if we've all heard today's news, it's understood that we're never to share anything "too heavy" like war. We all help one another out with the language lessons and any difficulties with understanding.
One day, right after school ended, I just couldn't take it anymore and burst into tears. Almost every one else had left the class room except for my teacher, and my Iranian friend, who has a twin brother back in Iran. Sometimes it's a bit difficult to focus on the proper sentence structure when one is worrying if one's country will use nuclear weapons on another country. one feels helpless. one thinks about men, women, children, pets, olive trees, all the vulnerable lives..
One remembers Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and their horrifying legacy. The London Blitz. one remembers the fire bombing of Dresden. A million invasions, a million pretexts used to go to war, a million justifications and lies, a million "good reasons to hate the enemy". The final straw was when my Iranian friend hugged me. I can't even TYPE that without tears running down my cheeks.
Sometimes in my most helpless moments, I wish there were an angel who could show everyone on earth our planet as it looks from outer space. I wish that angel could come down and touch all our hearts, wake us all up, remember who we all are and where we came from. I wish that angel could transform us.
I've never been a particularly religious person. If anything, I'm spiritual, but ... here's the point...
These days I seldom can go to sleep without praying that the earth be held together for another day, and that no more bombs will fall, or bullets fly. I truly pray that we can all learn to live together in peace."
With love and respect for everyone,
from Vestfold, Norway
Leo Semashko, Claude Veziau and Michael Holmboe.
Discussion about peace and harmony
”Who am I?” is a very important question. I can only answer for myself:
To me all living things are equal. Universal loving-kindness, (a gentle and warm approach to life) together with a compassionate attitude, is the main ways that I accept not only other people, but all other creatures. All living things, humans and animals alike, share the same environment — we are all part of the same world, as we know from learning about the environment and about nature. If people want to live happily, I believe that we must each have concern for the welfare of the other living things that we are here sharing the world with.
“I am what I am”, I also respects the right of all people to inquire freely and to make their own choices, and it also include tolerance toward other faiths and ways of life. We should be taught to live in harmony with everybody, regardless of race or religion. I believe in the freedom of speech, but I am only one of billions of voices.
I believe that everything in the world is impermanent and that it is the failure to understand this true nature of life on Earth that leads too much of our unhappiness, suffering and trouble. I believe of the opportunity for people to correct their view, conduct and expectations of life in order that we can bring an end to suffering and share in the happiness, wisdom, peace.
I believe that any individuals can develop self-reliance, moral responsibility, tolerance, compassion, wisdom and many other qualities that can enrich happiness and make life more meaningful in today's world. Along with these qualities, an understanding of the true nature of things will enable to live in harmony with a changing world and to enjoy the highest level of happiness.
I believe that there is no point in trying to change the world, but that human beings are free to change themselves, their attitude to the world and their part in it in ways which will lead to wisdom, mutual respect and happiness.
In the Western world, one can choose between many thousands TV channels. But as a human being, I do not have the capacity to watch more than a few programs. But then we should remember that there still are people in the world who never even have seen a TV set, nor a computer monitor.
Here is a TV program which is called ”Peace, Propaganda & The Promised Land” :
And here is another they call “World Peace” :
Again, it makes me think about “Les Misérables” by the French author Victor Hugo. Les Misérables contains a multitude of plots, but the thread that binds them together is the story of the ex-convict Jean Valjean, known in prison only by his prisoner number, 24601, who becomes a force for good in the world, but cannot escape his past.
I would wish to submit some few feelings/thoughts that come to me as I read the words of this discussion, if I am permitted.
I have been questing for Harmony and harmonies all through this life, be it as a composer, musician, writer, etc., but first and foremost as a human being born with an unquenchable inner desire to understand the processes of living beings and life. You might say that I came into this world with a imbedded questions: "Who am I?", "Who are they?", "What are we doing here?", "Where are we going?", "Where do we want to go?", "Do we even know or have we ever confronted ourselves with the question of our destiny?", "What is Life?", "What is living, and how do we see our part in the whole process?".
Childish questions, some might say, but not for me. For me they have meant the only thread that has kept me alive all my life, this need to answer questions, to know, to shed some light for myself on most of what people call 'mysteries' or 'unexplainable concepts'.
Why do I need so much to know? Because without these answers, life makes no sense to me. I never could believe all this literature about the 'unconscious', the 'subconscious', the 'hidden impulses' that supposedly make a person do things without even knowing, like a mechanical doll or automaton. I have looked deep within myself for all these fantastic impulses that make people think they are irresponsible robots guided by some sort of genetic, hereditary and quite complex (read incomprehensible) codes riven into our bodies, brains and minds that determine our every action.
As deep as I have seeked, I have only found that I always know what I am doing, that I am always responsible for every act that I do. In my heart, I have always known and been conscious of every deed that I have ever done, good or harmful, sad or happy, ethical or unethical. Deep in my heart, there is always, always this voice that expresses the value of my actions. There has always been this consciousness of knowing every second of my life, even though at times I have tried to hide it away, to make it quiet, to forget about it, to ignore myself (how strange and funny it sounds as I now read it, "to ignore myself"). For me it has been an impossible task, to ignore myself.
When I was a child, I believed that everyone was like me, knowing each instant of their lives. But I soon became confused, for this consciousness that we are all onE made very clear to me the fact that I could not do anything to hurt or injure anything without doing the same to myself. There was a time when I could not even pick a flower or step on an ant because I would immediately 'feel' its pain and shock going through my whole soul. Even other people being violent or aggressive towards each other would make me cringe and shiver and even cry in pure despair.
Then I slowly realised that most people did not appear to be aware of this unity of souls. I saw my grandmother killing chickens, I saw my uncles, aunts, father and mother argue and fight with fists and I could not imagine how they could do this without feeling the hurt of others. I saw my friends and schoolmates playing violent games, fighting and competing to be 'better' than the others. Even teachers engaging us to keep up this 'healthy competition', for it would make us strong enough to survive as grown-ups.
New questions came to me: "Why am I different?", "What is the purpose of my feeling all this if most people do not even seem to be aware of it at all?", "Is this unawareness the normal way to be?", "How can I become as they are, as they seem to accept things as they seem to be?", most of all, I did not want to feel separate and apart from everyone, I was so afraid of being alone in the outside world while feeling so united in my inner world. So I tried to become normal, like I saw everyone to be. Impossible task for me.
It was a paradox, maybe a joke, I thought. But I tried very hard... to escape from myself. Unfortunately or, more exactly, fortunately, the more I ran the more myself followed and even edged ahead of me, tripping me, sometimes in a very concrete and painful manner. I became 'accident prone', falling over my own shadow.
For which I became grateful to myself, because life was becoming more and more unbearable, I became a rebel (with or without a cause?), I became a non-violent revolutionary with a following of one, I became a beatnik, a curiosity, a 'strange one', because for me, every life was important, the one was the whole, the whole was the one.
And I began to think about Harmony. What is Harmony? I feel that every individual has his or her own idea of Harmony. For some, it means order and rules, for others it means living peacefully without insecurity or strife, yet for others it represents the serenity of being, safely enscounced in the one with no individual desires or thoughts. For me, it is an accord of vibrations, of sounds, of colours, of feelings, it is Beauty in the most absolute sense, it is a putting together of everything and the creation of a wonderful adventure that I would call a Symphony of Beingness. It is felt in the Heart and Soul, this awesome creation of Accord and Acceptance, of Chords and Discords to make a Whole, Total, Universal Scene. I am slowly realising that It is already in existence, always has been and always will be.
Harmony is ALL THAT IS (emphasizing, not shouting) as it is and changes and becomes at every instant. Harmony is the Essence of God, of WE. It cannot be named for it has an infinite number of faces, of hearts, of souls, and it has only one Beingness.
We are creating Harmony, all of us, each and every entity in this universe at each and every instant of existence. Be it by fighting for Peace or simply being Peace, by simply living our lives in any way that we feel we must or choose to, by our mere existence, we are a living part of Harmony.
Love to you all.
You leave from one questions and put the questions of fully other level. Culture of peace as and culture of harmony are impossible without culture of dialogue and discussion. My questions are only INFORMATION, TECHNICAL, connected with work of our site, as a TOOL for the harmonious peace. Your questions are other level. It is QUESTIONS HISTORICAL, POLITICAL and THEORETICAL: what is peace and harmony? It is interesting and important questions but other field.
The answers on these questions WE HAVE FORMULATED in OUR COMMON Magna Carta of Harmony. In it is told, that the MODERN PEACE is not NEITHER TRUTH PEACE NEITHER HARMONY. The modern peace is onLY PREPARATION for the NEW WARS, it is only break between wars. THE WAR IS an INEVITABLE CONSEQUENCE of the MODERN PEACE, that we did not speak about love and culture now, yesterday or tomorrow.
Please, compare forces, charges/money and people of war and peace presently. Today on war work the hundred millions of people employed in military production, service, education, researches, and armies. Trillions dollars are spent each day on war in the world. I somewhere read, that today each day on one million military dollars is due only onE peace dollar; on one million military people (military production, service, education, researches, and armies) is due only onE human working on peace. Therefore our (traditional) peace is a military peace, it is the false peace, it is peace onLY and onLY FOR WAR. (Therefore Ada Aharoni has entered an alternative ingenious concept "harmonious – i.e. truth and eternal - peace" in 1999, which received a scientific substantiation in our Magna Carta).
The war is simultaneously the best gain, the most profitable business (look about it Douglas Mattern’s articles at the address: http://www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=284). War business rules the world and peace was and remains by its beggar slave. About it look in more details the paragraphs 36, 41-44 of our Magna Carta of Harmony. (Our analysts could give an exacter and detailed picture to compare forces, money and people of war and peace. It will make our conversations about peace more real.).
Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Costa Rica and other similar countries, with the population no more than 20-30 millions, will not stop 6.5 billions people, which PREPARE WAR EACH DAY or ARE INVOLVED in its PREPARATION. Peace in these small countries is very worthy but remains in them by traditional, spontaneous and not having under itself of social and scientific base. It will be broken by the next world war as it was in WWII. It does not give an universal, acceptable for all world and other peoples model of the indestructible and harmonious peace, regret. onLY OUR MAGNA CARTA OF HARMONY gives this model.
I hope, I answered your theoretical question and now would like to receive your answers on my information questions.
Many thanks for your comments.I believe Iceland is the present-day nation state with the longest history of continuous peace, followed by Sweden.Since the Swedish invasion of Norway, in 1814, Sweden has not engaged in war.
Maybe we should focus more on why this is a historically fact. Why is it always war and hostility, which make so large problems in other places in the world?
When you give this answer, I will answer you questions.
What is Harmony?
Is it possible to bring the world into Harmony?
By Michael Holmboe
Many philosophers, aesthetes and Utopians of Enlightenment e.g. Schiller, Goethe, and also Kant owned the thought of art as one that could further a man ideas on reality, direct him from the chaotic and inharmonious world into harmony and shift him closer to the ideal to be reached. The ancient Chinese mythology has had an imagination about the primitive state of the world in chaos and the two contradictory rulers of that chaos: The heavenly Jang, and earthly Jin. Both of them, Jang and Jin, created in the midst of the chaos and heaven, from their lighter elements and earth from the heavier particles.
In Greek mythology, Harmonia is the immortal goddess of harmony and concord, also called Hermione. Her Roman counterpart is Concordia, the goddess of agreement, understanding, and marital harmony. Harmonia is rationalized as closely allied to Aphrodite Pandemos, the love that unites all people.
The world of today is in disharmony. The world is led to chaos, which in Greek mythology is named Eris. The most famous tale of Eris ('Strife') recounts her initiating the Trojan War. Ancient Greeks thought the Trojan War to be a historical event. They believed that it took place in the 13 or 12th century BC, and that Troy was located in the vicinity of the Dardanelles, which is in modern day Turkey. By modern times both the war and the city were widely believed to be non-historical. In 1870, however, the German archaeologist and treasure hunter Heinrich Schliemann, excavated a site in this area which he believed to be the site of Troy, and at least some archaeologists agree.
I do not need to be a treasure hunter, nor do I have to be an archaeologist to understand that too many children of the world is suffering from disharmony, or Eris if one prefer too call the chaos. The world has no right to call itself civilized in a harmonic meaning, when innocent children are victims of war and hatred, victims of slave labor, victims of discrimination and victims of indifference.
Right enough: Children's welfare has long been a matter of international concern. Both the League of Nations in 1924 and the United Nations in 1959 endorsed standards for children's rights. Children also were included under general guidelines for protecting human rights, especially during war. The first step toward helping the world's children who are suffering in war is learning more about their plight; though most countries ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which is only the first step.
Less than a second
Children playing in a field or collecting firewood come upon small but insidious scraps of a recent or long-past war. With a click and less than a blink of the eye, then a blast, and their lives are lost—or if they're lucky, just one or two limbs. Some 110 million land mines threaten children in more than 70 nations with this very scenario.
Mines are cheap to use, yet they do the work of snipers without needing orders or compensation. Some 26,000 civilians are killed or injured every year, about half women and children. Add this to the estimated 1 million people who have been hurt or killed by land mines since 1975, and it's clear that these weapons are both a current and future threat. Land mines continue wars' terrors even after peace accords have been signed, catching children playing in fields, collecting firewood, or just walking down a road.
Women in every society are vulnerable to abuse. But the threat is more severe for girls and women who live in societies where women's rights mean practically nothing. Mothers who lack their own rights have little protection to offer their daughters, much less themselves, from male relatives and other authority figures.
Some families decide it's more lucrative to send their daughters to a nearby town or city to get jobs that usually involve hard labor and little pay. That desperate need for income leaves girls easy prey to sex traffickers, particularly in Southeast Asia, where international tourism gorges the illegal industry.
The frequency of rape and violent attacks against children in the developing world is alarming. Forty-five percent of Ethiopian women say that they have been assaulted in their lifetimes. In 1998, 48 percent of Palestinian women admitted to being abused by an intimate partner within the past year.
Education is the tool that can help break the pattern of gender discrimination and bring lasting change for women in developing countries.
War and violence will traumatize any child, no matter of national, ethnic background, religious or non-religious background. Horrors of war will traumatize any child. And this will bring the world into an endless circle of traumatized human beings. Children should not be shot down like animals. In a «civilized» world, children should not be abused. Any child of this world should have the right to be brought up in freedom and harmony, and not be neglected.
Three Scandinavian authors
Alf Pröysen (1914-1970), was a Norwegian writer and musician, considered as one of the most important Norwegian cultural personalities in the second half of the twentieth century. His childhood was typical for those of the “husmann” class, the landless lower class of rural Norway. This reflects in his songs and short stories, painting realistic, satirical and harsh pictures of class relations and life in rural Norway.
Though an underdog and outsider, Pröysen made outstanding contributions in many artistic fields: children's radio, short stories, theatre, and singer-songwriter. For most Norwegians, Alf Pröysen is synonymous with the carefree world of childhood bliss. Leaving an invaluable musical and literary imprint on Norwegian heritage; there are few Norwegians who do not know a Pröysen song by heart. Japanese world-music group Moto has adapted Alf Pröysen legacy to modern Japan.
Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was another famous Scandinavian author and poet, most famous for his fairy tales. Andersen's father apparently believed that he might be related to nobility, and according to scholars that his paternal grandmother told him that the family had once been in a higher social class.
However, investigation proves these stories unfounded. The family apparently did have some connections to Danish royalty, but these were work-related. Nevertheless, the theory that Andersen was the illegitimate son of royalty persists in Denmark, bolstered by the fact that the Danish King took a personal interest in Andersen as a youth and paid for his education.
In the English-speaking world, the stories The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid, The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Princess and the Pea are cultural universals; everyone knows them, though few can name the author. They have become part of our common heritage, and, like the tales of Charles are no longer distinguished from actual folk-tales such as those of the Brothers Grimm. Andersen himself was highly inspired by the Arabian Nights.
A third noted Scandinavian personality, is the Swedish children book author Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002) whose many titles were translated into 85 languages and published in more than 100 countries..
Astrid Lindgren was well known both for her support for children's and animal rights, and for her opposition to corporal punishment. In 1993, she received The Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize), "...For her commitment to justice, non-violence and understanding of minorities as well as her love and caring for nature." In 1958 she became the second recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Award, sometimes known as the Little Nobel Prize, an international award for youth literature.
Toward Magna Carta of Harmony
There are good forces trying to bring this planet into Harmony. But there is still a long road from chaos to harmony - which is unless the world like children to be blown up by landmines, or the population of the world would like children to be abused in sex industry or as slave labors - never will be reached.
I would like to know how many head of states who wishes children to be brought up in chaos? At the same time I would like to know how many religious leader who whish children to be brought up in fear, and to be traumatized by wars.
There are many good and noble people in the world, man and women of integrity who have made footsteps in order to make paths. Often we do not see the good people. This might be a cleaner in a university whose name and face is unknown to most of the academic staff. But this very person could spark new ideas. Maybe we need to start to think in a new way?
Of those more known, I can briefly mention Albert Schweitzer, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Martin Luther King jr. Franz of Assisi or Mahatma Gandhi. A person of integrity can make a difference and turn the world in to a more harmonious place to stay. Alfred Nobel, Andrew W. Mellon and Andrew Carnegie belonged to a remarkable generation of philanthropist.
In today society many people do not even know the meaning of “Philanthropy”, and how important such individuals are for the well-being or quality of life of a population is an important concern in economics and political science. Younger people have heard about the high-profile rock star Bono. However, very few know his campaign to alleviate Third World debt to developed nations.
Philanthropy is not always viewed as a universal good. Notable thinkers such as Frederic Nietzsche opposed philanthropy on philosophical grounds, and connecting it with the idea of the weak sponging off the strong. This is a view sometimes endorsed by those who oppose government welfare programs. on the other hand, social activists frequently criticize philanthropic contributions because of different business activities.
But then we should not forget that many non-wealthy persons have dedicated – thus, donated – substantial portions of their time, effort and wealth to charitable causes. These people are not typically described as philanthropists because individual effort alone is seldom recognized as instigating significant change. These people are thought of as charitable workers but some people wish to recognize these people as philanthropists in honor of their efforts of bringing the world in harmony.
Harmony opens itself for many different participating subjects. As am Andrew W. Mellon professor in the humanities at Boston University, author and Nobel Peace laureate, Elie Wiesel claims that “Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies”. And I agree upon that. I also agree when Wiesel, also a survivor and traumatized victim of war, writes:
“Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Whenever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion or political views that place – at that moment – become the center of the universe. “
However, I would like to add the importance and need for the Magna Carta for the whole humanity to gain harmony in The Global Village:
Above all remember your humanity and The Law of laws - eternal Harmony. There is no survival for humanity without peace from harmony.
On May 20, 2007-------------------------------------
Charles Mercieca, Bernard Phillips, Claude Veziau, Ada Aharoni,
Discussion about Global Leadership, Knowledge, Children and Social Harmony
I would like to respond to the letter that we received from Professor Mercieca on our lack of global spiritual and political leadership.I share his views about our desperate need for such leadership in these times, and I agree with his examples of past leaders:Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II and Nelson Mandela. I would add that billions of people throughout the world presently are doing their very best in an effort to make this world a better and more peaceful place to live in, if only by their struggles to feed their children and give them an education.I also applaud this group for attempting to keep alive some hope for the future at a time in history when problems appear to be growing with no real solutions in sight.And I certainly agree completely with Professor Semashko about the importance of helping the world's children, and with Professor Mercieca about attempting to instill in children the qualities that the above past leaders have so clearly demonstrated.
However, I would add that there is more that we can and should do, given what I see as the problematic situation of the human race at this time in history.We cannot afford to wait for the children to grow up with better ideals: in addition, we must act ourselves.My own belief is that our ability to become genuinely effective in working to solve world problems depends on our learning to make use of more and more of the understanding of human behavior developed throughout the social sciences and guided by philosophy along with the wisdom of the ages (including Jesus, Confucius, Buddha and Gandhi).I also believe that in order to move in this direction we require a way of integrating all of that knowledge and wisdom, and also a way of applying it from one moment to the next in our own lives.The title of a manuscript I'm presently working on, "Armageddon or Evolution? The Scientific Method in Everyday Life" speaks to my beliefs, providing that we define "the scientific method" to be broad enough to include the full range of knowledge that exists, and not merely the physical, biological and social sciences.
I want to invite each of you to examine my website, , where the introduction to that manuscript can be found.Also on that website are several other things which might prove to be of interest to you: (1) a 5-page piece, "The Evolutionary Manifesto," which summarizes much of my own efforts and points to different possible directions for confronting world problems; (2) selections from four books that I have written or edited over the past 7 years--Beyond Sociology's Tower of Babel: Reconstructing the Scientific Method (2001), Toward a Sociological Imagination:Bridging Specialized Fields (2002), The Invisible Crisis of Contemporary Society: Reconstructing Sociology's Fundamental Assumptions (Feb., 2007), and Understanding Terrorism: Building on the Sociological Imagination (March, 2007).
I would welcome any comments on this letter.
I fully agree with your remarks which I viewed as excellent. As a group we all seem to be moving on the righttrack, which should be very encouraging. We need to remain highly vocal in a global community where some of the leadinggovernment officials reveal to have such a distorted minds witnessed in their disastrous global policies. Keep up thegood work. You are serving as a source of inspiration to many.
thank you for your interesting proposals. I agree with Charles about all reaching in the same direction, no matter theangle of our interventions, I believe that each one of us is putting his/her best in it.
Harmony is a multi-faceted jewel, implicating many aspects of what we believe as "reality", so as I feel it, the creation of it will necessarily need the support and actions of very diverse fields of endeavour, there can be nosingle solution or, to put it more clearly, the resolution of harmony calls for a collaborative and non-judgementalinteraction of heretofore unseen proportions, a true melding of universal knowledge from all levels of being ness:science, philosophy, arts, music, religious, spiritual, and more.
The face of the world will be transformed by a collective desire and action of all of humanity, or it will not be.History reminds us that harmony cannot be imposed from without, no matter the good intent of the imposers. No, change,if it is to represent harmony and true peace, has to be an emanation from within each individual, springing from theawareness of its desirability.
Anything else would just bring us back eventually to the same old, same old. Of course, there is nothing "wrong" withdogmatism, if this is what people accept and desire as a whole. Order, harmony and peace can be institutionalized andcompartmented, and called "democracy", "religion", "justice", "morals", "philosophy" or any other fancy name; it can be controlled and policed, rewarding the "right" and "correct" behaviours while condemning and punishing the "wrong" and "incorrect" attitudes.
Then again, I wonder, who will be called upon to draw the line between right and wrong, correct and incorrect? Which individual or group of individuals will decide whether another individual or group of individuals is OK or not? According to whose "standards"? Can a "majority" of 1 million people set the standard for 1000 "minorities" of 1000 people to follow "or else"?
Voltaire once wrote, "My liberty stops where the other's liberty begins...", thus describing the basis of anarchy (no chiefs), self-governance, autonomous individual responsibility based upon respect and "laisser-vivre" (let live).
Has humanity reached the age of passage to maturity? If so, then we are to pass the tests of passage, as difficult and dolorous as they might be. When we, as a race, can be assured of our worthiness to step to another level of civilisation, and only then, we can truly speak of harmony and true peace. Until that time, we will continue to endure the fate of "getting civilised", once more going through the processes of "being governed" from without.
The pace has been set for many thousands of years, the goal has been standing before us for eons: the ultimate experiment of True Beingness, the true fulfillment of godly hood. Ultimately, we cannot lose, but we can win sooner, or later, according to our collective and individual choices.I have said.
Love and Harmony,
Dear Bernie and All,
I want to add two moments to discussion concerning Bernie letter, with which basic moments I agree.
The first my addition concerns children and billions people. I think, that the modern billions people, first of all senior generation, can not AT onCE proceed to new ideas of a harmonious society (modern problems are solvedonly in its frameworks) and can not be the leaders in this respect. From these people only a few are capable to share this idea and the more to become its global leaders. Therefore real hopes can be putted only on children, youth and future generations, for which we should as much as possible develop idea of social harmony accessible to their perception. The ideas of social harmony and the more so global leadership of social harmony require long education and training from children's age.
The second my addition concerns knowledge. I agree with Bernie that without wide, integrated knowledge the harmonious society is impossible. Yes, the social harmony requires a synthesis of scientific knowledge and wisdom, moreover, harmony of knowledge and wisdom, i.e. coordination of physical, biological and social sciences in their teaching for the pupil and for daily life.
I congratulate Bernie with publication his remarkable new books, which small fragments up to 10 pages I shall be glad to publish on our site. I also shall publish on it this interesting discussion.
With love and harmony,
Dear Leo, Bernie, and friends,
I fully agree with Bernie:
" There is more that we can and should do, given what I see as the problematic situation of the human race at this time in history.We cannot afford to wait for the children to grow up with better ideals: in addition, we must act ourselves."
This is why we created the IFLAC PAVE PEACE association in 1999(which inspired Leo, who is our IFLAC Director in Russia), and many others, to "act ourselves"!
You are all invited to subscribe to our daily online IFLAC Newsletter, to which you can contribute, for the wide spreading ofharmonious values and ideals and a Peace Culture to all, and for all ages.
As I said before, it is the adults: parents and teachers that teach and educate the children, and they themselves, the parents and the teachers have to be fully "peace cultured" before,to be able to give a proper harmonious peace education, values and ideals to the children.
Dear Bernie, I will visit your website soon.
Best regards and love to all,
Discussion: "from" or "for"
Dear Leo and Friends,
Congratulations for all the impressive new additions to the website…….
I suggest that the title of the website should also be correted: “A New Culture of Peace from Social Harmony and Children’s Priority”to: "A NEW CULTURE OF PEACE FORSOCIAL HARMONY AND CHILDREN'S PRIORITY."
All the best success,
Re: the 2nd correction: "from" and "for" suggest different processes. When peace is mandated, then enforced for the sake of achieving social harmony, is it really peace, or just conformity? As Leo S has pointed out, real peace has never been attained on a global scale, but has merely been a pause between wars and preparations for war, so when we debated this earlier, we felt that peace must be a natural consequence of social harmony and children's priority, rather than a pre-condition for them to occur.
We can debate this again, but considering the processes involved, which processes can be more easily translated into unambiguous steps toward achieveable goals? The problem with putting peace first is that, historically, the means of achieving it have been destructive, involving stockpiles of weapons, sudden attacks, and delivery of ultimatums. Social harmony and children's priority seek to establish new pathways to peace, pathways unstrewn with battlefields and war dead. It is a global challenge, that looks for peace as an end result of many efforts to establish social harmony, accomplished by putting children first, a priority that can appeal, potentially, to everyone.
Dear All: Congratulations to our two new board members, and thanks for the report of our new board member Leo R's conversation with the Pope and picture of Mr and Mrs Leo R with the Pope. Leo S is attracting a global community of energetic workers for cultural harmony, each one accomplished in his or her own right. We are all deeply commited to our shared purpose. At present, I am asking Amazon.com to put Leo's publications "on line" for wider distribution, and analyzing pilot data for a nation-wide study of 8th graders. Individually and together, our efforts can make a difference. Social harmony begins with each of us. Peace.
Martha Ross DeWitt04/12/06
Thank you very much for your detailed and exact explanation of distinction between"from"and"for",which we discussed two years back and with which I fully agree. However, some what they have a common point. When peace arises "from"harmony, the harmony serves "for" peace. Therefore Ada too rights in the certain sense. However, to serve "for" peace, it should be born "from" harmony. Such I see them dialectics. Along time I a few years was busy by antique dialectics of Plato, Parmenid, Zenon and others and since time I kept love to it.
I am admired most of all with your simple but ingenious, historical phrase "Social harmony begins with each of us ", which, I am sure, will enter in the future in all ABC books and textbooks on harmony in all world. Thanks for your great opening! For your great contribution to understanding of social harmony! I hope also to receive and to publish on our site the results of your study of 8th graders, which is very important. Concerning specifications in the site News,
about which Ada writes: I shall bring in them in a near future. Thank for help.
Best harmony wishes for your and children,
Harmony as a combination of retribution and restitution
I do want to congratulate you on your initiative and your ideal of harmony. However I find that your ideals are idealistic and sadly only those who are mystics or Sufi will work or understand your message... it is not in my opinion a universal message, as mystics and Sufi reject the world to embrace the universal light and unity.
Harmony can be achieved if there is equity which in my opinion is a combination of retribution and restitution. Listening and understanding the various points of views of indigenous people from around the world, the Sammie of Finland whose territory is divided in three parts Finland, Sweden and Norway, or the Mohawks of Canada whose territory is now split between Canada and the US or the Kurds whose land is divided between Turkey, Iraq and Iran, also in Europe the Basque who are divided between France and Spain... Egypt was cut off from the African Continent, I can go on and on in Africa the continent was so divided that Hutu and Tutsi fought because one was preferred based on their looks and the size of their nose over the other . No harmony canexist unless there is admission of guilt, and retribution and restitution.... No one dares shed light on these realities that people must endure and live under.
Let us also look at the plight of Jews in Europe the Holocaust and later the forced exodus of Jews from the Arab world or the former Ottoman empire, then came the Arabs leaving or being expelled from Palestine/Israel....all these modern day events werepreceded by the forced migration and dispossession of a whole people from Africa as shackle slavery was very popular from Elizabeth I the end of the 18th century and even in the 19th century.in my opinion no harmony unless we as people who want peace shed some light on these injustices, work towards restitution and reparation, then hopefully we will be able to live in peace as most of the whole world has been shattered into pieces, divided and there is no justice nor equity.Here is a poem I wrote for Kwanzaa this past year,……
My work is to seeks justice through equity and to work towards retribution and restitution...It is not popular I am sure but this is the way I found toat least make people think of giving back... have a wonderful day.
Celine Leduc GALTLOVER
Bill Clinton, George Bush and Craig ScottNation's Leaders Mislead Youth by Preaching Peace, Practicing War
On April 20, 1999, a Colorado student named Craig Scott watched his sister and two friends die when they were shot to death by Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, fellow classmates at Columbine High School. Before the noon sun began to set, Klebold and Harris killed ten others before killing themselves.
Clinton Talks Peace but Promotes War
Two days later, President Clinton felt the need to speak out against the Columbine violence, which had shipwrecked the nation. Traveling to a public high school in Alexandria, Virginia, he held the attention of a student peer mediation club, saying to them, "We must do more to reach out to our children and teach them to express their anger and resolve their conflicts with words, not weapons."
After his speech to the Virginia students, as columnist Colman McCarthy writes, Clinton returned to the White House and, before turning in for bed, gave the order to resume bombing in Serbia. That day in Belgrade, United States military planes, backed with the blessing of our president, streaked across the sky, dropping 500-pound bombs that would fall into the homes and towns of innocent people. That same night in Colorado, thousands of miles away, a community began its long mourning.
Flash forward to last week, as the Amish school shooting in Pennsylvania prompted President Bush to call a similar, post-Columbine conference on character and school violence. Present during the Maryland conference (alongside Attorney General Gonzales and Secretary of Education Spellings) was Craig Scott, the now-23-year-old who had lost his sister and friends in the Columbine shooting. During the only meaningful moment of the conference, Scott stood and addressed the president.
"I've grown up in a culture today that doesn't teach me anything of substance, of value, how it bombards me every day with messages of emptiness and shallowness. And the youth are crying for something to stand for, something to believe in. If it weren't for my faith or my family, I possibly could have fallen into the lies that our culture tells us. But now I've traveled, I've spoken to over a million teens across this country….I've seen depression, anger and loneliness, students without direction or purpose….I've seen students who called themselves cutters, have cut themselves because that's the way they know to take out the pain that they're dealing with. I've learned a lot about my generation. And I've learned a lot since I lost my friends and my sister.''
Bush Talks Peace but Promotes War
And then Scott said the greatest words the president or anyone else could hope to ever hear: "And the main thing I've learned is that kindness and compassion can be the biggest antidotes to anger and hatred, and I believe the biggest antidotes to violence.''
The president responded in the only way he could, which was to thank Scott, applaud him and then ask for a copy of his speech. The next day, researchers from Johns Hopkins released an updated body count for the war in Iraq. An estimated 600,000 civilians have died since the war began. These are not soldiers or armed resisters; these are mothers, grandfathers, children playing outside. Families, just like yours, just like mine.
God forgive me should I ever truly understand how presidents Clinton and Bush are able to mouth the hollow words about protecting children ("We must…teach them to express their anger and resolve their conflicts with words, not weapons") and then, hours later, give the damnable blessing for military movements that kill other people's children.
This is madness, and it is the hell-bent delusion of violence that allows the president of the United States to stand up before a crowded room of parents, reporters and survivors and announce his intentions to better protect American schoolchildren, and then, before the same day's sun sets, continue to sit on a war that has killed more than half-a-million souls.
And a nation of 300 million barely opens its mouth. When the war began, President Bush openly declared his intentions to use violence against this axis of evil. He gave this speech inside the halls of the National Cathedral and Christians across the country cheered, seeing no paradox, no problem with declaring war inside the church walls of Christ.
Since then, it has been proven that the war and its reasons were manufactured, and that the war-makers and military-engineers and weapons-manufacturers have again orchestrated the dance that is our nation's great addiction: not oil, but violence.
Kindness and Compassion Best Tools for Peace
Craig Scott looked the president in the eyes and told him the greatest sentence he will ever hear: "Kindness and compassion can be the biggest antidotes to anger and hatred, and I believe the biggest antidotes to violence.'' The president presumably smiled back, applauded Scott and then sat back down.
We must not sit down with the president. I do not speak as a Democrat or Republican, for violence is bi-partisan: the same delusion that infects President Bush and Rumsfeld also made sick President Clinton and Cohen, Kennedy and McNamara. Instead I speak as a human and a Christian that believes in the sacredness of every living life (in Colorado, Belgrade or Iraq) and, more importantly, in the power of the God of Love whose faintest whisper is enough to make straight the crookedest path, disarm the mightiest weapon, and crumble the heart of ten thousand Hitlers. And I do not believe that this God achieves the salvation of the earth through soldiers, generals or presidents that proclaim war.
Violence is violence is violence. It will never bring about true peace or justice anymore than darkness creates light. It is impossible. Craig Scott and the Amish know this. So do Christ and King and Gandhi.
Napoleon once said that, if you have bayonets, it is impossible to sit on them. America has buried in its earth thousands of nuclear weapons. We preach false words about character and justice in schools while continuing to fund a system that, one day, will be tempted to use those nuclear weapons. Has there ever been a weapon created that we have not used?
Yes. There is one, and it goes by many names. Truth. Love. Reconciliation. Dialogue. Faith. Forgiveness.
David Cook is a former journalist for the Chattanooga Times-Free Press. He currently teaches American history at Girls Preparatory School and can be reached at email@example.com.
Dear Fellows into Peace from Harmony!
I very like to send you (below) sensational message of our site Russian co-author , psychologist Olga Ushakova and my replay to her. I did not hear this message on the Channel one Russia (Kremlin channel of our TV), but she informed the address,on which this message is published in Russian: http://www.1tv.ru/owa/win/ort6_main.main?p_news_title_id=95408
Best harmony wishes for you and children,
Do you heard about an epoch-making step to harmony of the most numerous nation on the Earth? Yesterday (October 27) on the TV informed about the decision of the China Communist Party with title: China Communist Party has cancelled dictatorship of the proletariat.... Plenum of this Party announced “that the country will build a new society of social harmony. That this such is not clear yet. But it is known: the first step on this way is a cancellation of the tax on a yield, against which the peasants struggled 2 thousand years. Simultaneously CCP refuses to preserve a regime of "proletariat dictatorship", which is replaced by way on building of harmonious society”. So now you have else one powerful ally. http://www.1tv.ru/owa/win/ort6_main.main?p_news_title_id=95408
Thanks for your sensational news: CHINA: HARMONY INSTEAD OF DICTATORSHIP!!! It is a really epoch-making step to harmony but natural for Chinese (Confucian and Buddhist) culture, for which a value of harmony always was central. When I was in Beijing in 2004, I saw in the Forbidden city of the Chinese Emperors (like our Moscow Kremlin) some temples of harmony (The Chinese distinguish some levels of harmony), which were are created by 6-5-4 centuries back. More surprisingly that on this step has decided the CCP, as the harmony is incompatible not only with dictatorship of the proletariat, but and with materialistic (economic) monism, and with class struggle, and with managing role of the sole CCP. But if the Chinese could come on a throat of alien for their culture materialistic (Marxist)ideology (as their culture are pluralistic and founded on the basis of philosophy of FIVE elements) they, with their persistence and cultural adherence to pluralistic harmony (monistic does not happen!!!), sometime will be released from others pernicious (disharmonious) consequences of monistic Marxism. Sometime they will find and apprehend from it a harmonious STRUCTURAL beginning of the EQUALLY NECESSARY four spheres of social reproduction and appropriate, harmonious, instead of antagonistic, FOUR SPHERE CLASSES of the POPULATION, including children. Sphere classes of the population and their harmony is not Marxism but conclusion of Tetrasociology (http://www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=145 ) from four spheres of Marxism.
Your news especially is pleasant me, what still in 2003 I published, and in 2004 brought in Beijing on the IIS Sociological Congress a small, strange on the first look, article with title "Communist Multi-Party of China" (http://www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=166 ) (to act with it to me have not given by the plausible pretexts), in which I wrote about a theoretical opportunity of PEACE transition from Communist dictatorship and totalitarianism, through a stage of Communist Multi-Party, to a SPHERE HARMONIOUS SOCIETY of an INFORMATION CIVILIZATION. Similar in 1989 I offered and for Communist Party of the USSR, that it rejected and was lost together with its USSR, to give place to, as now write in our newspapers, "marauding, oligarchic, corruption, gangster, antiliberal" etc. capitalism, i.e. we were rejected to middle of the 19th century on quality of the socio economic development. Chinese Communist Party is wiser than Soviet (more precisely - Russian) and it (CCP) could understand, in what strategic direction (in direction to harmony) it is necessary to use the own powerful organizational resource, instead of to destroy its, on - silly, "to the basis".It is a way to harmony from communism, which can be an example for movement to harmony from capitalism.
Global vector of social evolution last two decades is expressed so: "Harmony of diversity instead of dictatorships, monopolies, oligarchy, fascism, one-polarity and other social one-dimensionality as disharmony". It is the modern positive alternative and response to global challenges.
October 29, 2006
Congratulations on Global Harmony Day, June 21
, June 21, for the first time in the history of mankind, established in our Harmonious Era Calendar of the site 27 authors from 12 countries in 12 languages (http://www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=131). Global Harmony Day is the uniting centre, common denominator and focusing date of the Harmony Calendar in view of the special vital meaning of harmony. Let me say some words about its philosophical nature and social meaning.
Dear site co-authors, friends! I am happy to congratulate all on Global Harmony Day
The whole world is harmonious to start with and exists only due to harmony, which was marked in the most ancient civilizations. Harmony is natural. It was not invented by priests or philosophers; it is inherent to all existing. Harmony is a self-organizing, cybernetic and synergetic, system of fundamental structures penetrating the universe from micro up to mega-world. Harmony does not exclude conflicts and disharmony but only up to the point where its fundamental structures ensuring existence and life collapse. Mankind, in all times and in all cultures and civilizations has dreamed of possessing harmony, dreamed of harmony as "the golden age", which until now remained but a dream. In a basis of harmony lay the fundamental and universal sphere structures of the universe, society and man. The universality of these structures begins to be realized by people and learnt by science only in a global information society, wherein a universality of man and mankind is created. Harmony becomes a universal measure of the versatile person and universal order of universal mankind arising in a global information society. Therefore only such a society can create the real spiritual, social, political and economic preconditions to acquire the fundamental structures of harmony. only on the basis of these structures can the harmonious relations of people and civilizations, harmonious order of mankind and relations with nature be constructed.
The universal sphere structures everywhere are various and exist only through diversity. Therefore, harmony of diversity is everywhere and always different. The different spheres of man (character, consciousness, will and body) define a variety of individual harmony. The different spheres of society (social, cultural/information, political and economic) at its different levels (settlement, city, country, ethnicity, civilization, and mankind) define a variety of social harmony. But harmony, at the same time, is recognized by all as a coordination, moderation, equilibrium and proportionality of the universal sphere structures. Societies, people, civilizations and religions have always aspired to these qualities. But the ignorance of common universal structures, underlying harmony, created seemingly irreconcilable representations of it. The information society opens the united, sphere, universal structures of harmony and this creates the uniform basis for universal human harmony and for all of its infinite diversity. Harmony is not any separate feeling, as love, hope etc., not a separate event or phenomenon, as the Earth, water etc., not a separate quality or value, as freedom, justice, peace etc.
Harmony is a method of connection and organizational order of the relations between people including all constructive feelings, processes, phenomenon and qualities. Harmony is the most effective organization and most desired order of universal relations between humans in a society and in all its spheres: economical, political, cultural and social, including family. Harmony excludes violent struggle and unity of diversity in mutual destructive struggle. Harmony asserts the unity of different and opposite through consent, moderation, equilibrium and proportionality. Therefore harmony is identical to the beautiful and beauty, as asserted by some geniuses, will save the world. Harmony is aesthetic, ethic and humanistic. It is integrity and synthesis. It defines the special organizational (self-organizing) order of proportionality and equilibrium between different parts of a whole. This order creates the unity of diversity, most favorable for all parts and for their whole.
The harmonious social order created by a global information society is both a need and necessity for it. This order can be created by the new humans, which from childhood will grow and be brought up in the spirit of harmony. Our Harmonious Era Calendar, excluding poverty, injustice, pollution and war, becomes an entrance of children into a new harmonious order. It opens for them this order. It will require from them the development of new positive qualities, recognition of new values and priorities. The highest value becomes harmony, including peace, love, justice, freedom and other universal values of humankind. In the place of a priority on money, profit and material riches, harmony will put a priority on children and their quality, which make up the true riches of humankind. We have opened a new chronology for our children and grandchildren by this calendar. But it still requires a huge effort of all generations, including our own, to introduce this calendar in daily life.
As the first global condition of its introduction, I count on the development of the International movement "Making children a priority in the world". It requires that the parents and grandparents, all children’s caregivers (above 60-80% of the populations in the different countries) address this appeal to their governments and be united in it with the purpose of obtaining the support, in each country, of the law, according to its particular conditions, about children’s suffrage executed by parents. only this law will ensure a real priority of children and childhood and by that will create a powerful social support to the order of social harmony. There is a saying, starting the work is half of the job done. We didthe beginning, by creating the Harmony Calendar and proclaimed the Global Harmony Day uniting all people of the world. For this half of business, which we have executed, I congratulate you from my heart, reason and soul! With a holiday of Humankind Harmony! With harmony, whichmankind begins to master as a real positive alternative to poverty, injustice, pollution, humiliation and war!
Dr Leo Semashko
Global Harmony Day Founder; Initiator of idea and main editor of the Harmonious Era Calendar
June 15, 2006
PEACE BE UPON YOU
The world is not at peace.Stories of war swirl around us, suffering and terror are beamed into our media, and enter into our minds, bit by bit, every day..Personal peace in the middle of this unsettling information is hard to gain.Security is the threshold of personal peace.Security in a world of terrorism, earthquakes, tidal waves, car accidents, marriage breaks ups and work redundancies is only a dream.
The person who offers us peace is Jesus Christ.Peace be with you.If we read the gospel of St. Luke, it is in the breaking of the bread that we recognize that Jesus is with us, saying “Peace be upon you; it is myself, do not be afraid.”(Luke 24:36)
As we wrestle with our daily worries, we can give them to Jesus, and put fear behind us.During our working day, perhaps in the morning, or perhaps at night, we can think that the Spirit of God has made his home in us.(Romans 8:9)We can think about the Blood of Christ, which is given for us for the forgiveness of sin, and we can begin this journey of forgiveness.It is so easy to blame everyone else for the worries of the day, but sometimes, to enter into the peace, we remember that Jesus covers us over with his Blood for the forgiveness of sins.Liberation is forgiveness of sins.This breaks down separation between man and God.. “on him lies a punishment that brings us peace.” (Isiah 53:5)There is no expiation without shedding blood. (Heb.9:22)
The blood rite is not peculiar to the expiatory sacrifice.It is found besides in two contexts where the meaning it assumes in the eyes of the Jews leaves no room for doubt, notably in two sacrifices which the New Testament explicitly links with the death of Christ ...that of the Passover and that of the Covenant.The blood which the contracting parties exchange “creates a psychic communion of the two parties.”(B. Vawter, Word & Mystery, Newman, 1969)
Through contact with the same life principle they become a single soul.
As we sit down thinking about this, it is overwhelming.A single soul with Jesus?It is true.Through Baptism we are incorporated into the Body of Christ, making each individual, and the whole group as a unit, a single soul with God.
This is the security, the peace of mind, that cannot be bought or sold.It is free.Our freedom comes from someone, Jesus, who loves us very much. We can actually be with him and pray for ourselves and others, knowing that he is with us, and that His Spirit will guide our steps.Sometimes we will go into places that are uncomfortable, but Jesus will say to us what he said to the apostles“Peace be upon you: it is myself, do not be afraid”
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Reimon Bachika and Leo Semashko
Dialog about Harmony in the Religious Sphere, Social Hierarchy andChildren’s Priority
Sorry for taking so much time to get my paper “Towards Harmony in the Religious Sphere” to you! There were so many things to do! I am suffering a little from alienation as described by Karl Marx!!! At home, I got a new Mac PC, which took me much time to get used to, but then again, my e-mail address is not yet installed. I have copied your mails on 'the priority of children, ' and hope to comment on it some time later. At the moment, I have to concentrate on our courses that started today! Have mercy on a time-poor, alienated academic in-the-make!!!
Greetings from still warm Kyoto,
Professor, Dept of sociology, Bukkyo University, Kyoto, Japan. President, RC 07 Futures Research, International Sociological Association
September 24, 2005.
I congratulate you for your deep and wise paper "Towards Harmony in the Religious Sphere"! I have been looking forward to receiving it for a long time and shall be happy to publish it on our website (http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=24 ). Your statement about harmony of religions is, in my opinion, revolutionary.Religious disharmony has for centuries stood as an insuperable obstacle to social harmony and sustainable peace. You write about such religious conflicts as Belfast, Jerusalem, Ayodhya (India). The religious enmity exists not only between religions: Christianity and Islam, Islam and Hinduism, Judaism and Islam (the enmity between last religions is a basis of the Arabian-Israeli conflict) etc. but within each religion. Inside Christianity there is enmity between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, between Catholics and Protestants; inside the Orthodox Church is enmity between the Eastern and Western Churches. Inside Islam there are two hostile directions: Tolerant and Intolerant, which has found reflection in the writings of the world-known Egyptian writer Tarek Heggy, whose brilliant pieces are on our site (Contents page 4-8-1) The source of enmity is incorporated in the religious bases. In each religion there exist two parallel alternative principles: Jus Talionis and the Golden Rule. The coexistence of these rules within the different religions is excellently exposed by the known American Professor Rudolf Siebert’s wonderful article on our site (Contents page 7-2). It explains the existence in the world religions of two tendencies: hostility and peaceloving.
You analyze a global vector of religious development from enmity to harmony through key cultural mechanisms of the objective symbolizations ‘having greater weight for cultural identities’ (giving special meaning to things, words, rituals etc.) and the subjective values ‘having greater significance for personal identity’ expressed in various hierarchies of values. Allocation of these universal cultural mechanisms and the consideration of their action in the religious sphere make your achievement and innovative contribution. You open the negative aspects of symbolizations and values, which lead to intolerance and enmity through them absolutism, and also their positive contribution to more harmonious attitudes of religions and religious groups through the cross-cultural connections of their different aspects. However, you go no further in exposing those social conditions and mechanisms, only at which process of the religious harmonization can turn to the prevailing tendency controlling and regulating religious enmity. I would like to proceed from this point to develop your remarkable ideas about the role of symbolizations and values in the religious harmonization with the idea of a social priority of children as the general priority for all religious groups, harmonizing their mutual relations. This idea is examined by me as hypothetical, theoretically possible but requiring additional arguments and substantiations, which I can not develop here.
I think, that to cultural mechanisms of symbolizations and values it is necessary to add the general social mechanism of distribution of social priorities between different groups/classes of the population. This mechanism is embodied in this or that social hierarchy of the people, classes and groups within the framework of the certain society or civilization. The mechanism of social priorities (social hierarchy) includes symbolizations and values but subordinates them to itself. The symbols and values of a top class in social hierarchy become the top symbols and values of that society. A top class could be the caste of Brahmin in the caste hierarchy of India, or the military estate in Ancient Sparta, or the party nomenclature in USSR, or the oligarchs, in a wider sense – the top/high class of riches (property and money) in an industrial society etc.It is possible to prove that the quality of social hierarchy (or distribution of social priorities) defines a vector of cultural mechanisms in the direction of enmity or social harmony. Until now there was no social hierarchy of harmonious classes of the population, which are the sphere classes (for more details about this classes look in my book “Tetrasociology: Responses to Challenges”, 2002, on our site Contents page 2-1).
The sphere classes hierarchy begins to develop in an information society, where basic resource and riches becomes the information. A top class in social hierarchy of the advanced information society becomes a humanitarian class (or "socioclass") as the most informational capacious class, as a subject and product of reproduction of this class are the people, human capital making the most informational capacious resource. The humanitarian class includes children, learning youth and also everyone, who is engaged with them: parents, teachers, doctors and all other caregivers. (We shall notice that the sphere classes have no rigid borders; they are functional and in the process of execution of different functions one human can be included in the different sphere classes in the appropriate measure). Within the framework of the humanitarian class the most informational capacious resource (i.e. resource requiring for itself, in comparison with other resources: culture, organization and things, the top quantity and quality of the information) are children. Therefore the advanced information society puts children on a top of the social hierarchy and approves them as the top social priority.
What are the consequences from a social hierarchy of the sphere classes with the children as the top priority? Children become the top symbol and value of the society, state and culture. Children, together with the parents and other caregivers (which make up 50% to 80 % of the population in the different countries) become a social support of the new public order of social harmony and sustainable peace preventing wars, terrorism, poverty etc. If a peace culture of the industrial society stands on a rule: "Want a peace - prepare to war", a rule of the advanced information society will be: "Want a peace – create social harmony on the basis of the children’s priority, which is provided with children’s suffrage executed by parents". I think this rule will become "Gold Rule" for the 21st century. The sphere hierarchy and children’s priority require not only harmonious religion but also harmonious thinking, philosophy and political psychology. In this social order human victimization and humiliation for the sake of any economic, political, cultural (including religious symbols and values) purpose becomes impossible.While in former social hierarchiesit was natural to lay down human life for the sake of religious and other values, in the advanced information society hierarchy it becomes impossible or extremely problematic. only the social priority of children can make human life the most valuable religious symbol. Their priority is equally important to all peoples and. at the same time neutral towards other groups and classes as children does not pretend (owing to age) on functions of the adults and to their property, power and other their resources.
The advanced information society hierarchy with children as the priority is the softest and most flexible of all known systems. It represents the most perfect on sustainability and plasticity sociocybernetic system with an optimum harmonization of the social inputs and outputs. It does not divide but, rather connects, people of different classes, cultures, religions, professions etc. The basis for the division of the people into classes becomes their productive employment in the society spheres, which defines their social relations towards children, to the youngest generations, from which the quality and life of each society depend. (I shall remind the relation to children is the relation to the information at the same time). People are divided at sphere classes depending from what resource they reproduce for children, hence, and for all society, as it is necessary for children. A person’s identity in relation to a child is often multidimensional (for example, the father of the child can be the teacher or doctor for other children, or for their parents etc.), instead of one-dimensional as in traditional religions. The priority of children excludes any human victims, prevents wars, terror, poverty and other social illnesses as all this worsens a situation for children or poses a threat to their lives. The children’s priority opens an outlet from the "closed", on your expression, conflicts, i.e. irreconcilable, hopeless and covering many centuries. The children’s priority creates an alternative to old priorities, which reproduce enmity of religions, nations and civilizations. Children become the top symbol and value of the advanced information society and they will create a basis for peace and social harmony of humanity.
Dear Reimon, you justly write that the hierarchies of values are relative. They vary with change of social hierarchy and priorities. Soft social hierarchy of the advanced information society and appropriate soft social priority of children exclude "pollution", as you write, the universal values and symbolizations, i.e. or their rigid absolutism, conducting to intolerance and enmity, or their excessive equality as values and the priorities can not be equivalent. The children’s priority and soft social hierarchy allow to keep useful cultural distinctions, including distinctions of different religions, but to exclude enmity between them. It is harmonization of the religious sphere, attitudes between religions and religious groups. So, a road "towards greater sociocultural harmony ", as you have expressed very well, in my opinion, is the children’s priority.
Certainly, in this connection, the religions will undergo qualitative changes. Earlier I have stated a hypothesis about the association of religions at preservation of their basic distinctions, in a certain new religion, which I have titled "Plurotheism", which differs from the traditional forms polytheism and monotheism. But the plurotheism hypothesis requires special discussion. A significant role in harmonization of the religious sphere and occurrence of the new, harmonious, form of the world religion can be played by such religion as the Baha’i Faith and also Esperanto as a language of the international dialogue. But this is a specific issue, which is discussed in my aforementioned book. The special meaning for religious harmonization and globalization (Roberto Cipriani, 2004) have many Buddhist cultures requiring harmony (Carl Becker, 2002) and East Asian philosophy, which a central idea also is harmony (Richard Nisbett, 2005).
Such to me represent a way of the religious sphere harmonization on the basis of occurrence of new social hierarchy of the sphere classes and the children’s priority in the advanced information society. Certainly, now it is very disputable idea, so it is at the beginning of the research and discussion. I shall be grateful to you, dear Reimon, and all interested parties, for your critical remarks.
Warmest wishes of peace and harmony,
Ph.D., A/Professor, IFLAC Director in Russia, Website Director,
Chief, Public Institute of Strategic Sphere Studies, ISA and HumanDHS member
P.S. In summary I take note that it is my last theoretical reply within the framework of the discussions, the themes for which have produced the remarkable responses of the site’s authors to the issue of the children’s priority.
October 4, 2005
P.P.S. I express sincere gratitude to the American colleague Rose Lord for editing of my English translation.
October 12, 2005.
Bernard Scott and Leo Semashko
To a question about God, Social Harmony and Children’s Priority
Apologies for not responding sooner. I have been very, very busy as part of a reorganisation at my Institution.
I have two thoughts about social harmony:
optimistic - it is a worthy aim and may be achievable in some form
pessimistic - it may not be achievable before we descend into chaos but is still a worthy aim - we should be lights in the darkness. (Recall, I am a Christian, so for me there is a world to come, beyond this one. In Christ, there is eternal life.)
My main reservation is about being too prescriptive. As I have said before, individuals may function in many spheres. I like Gordon Pask's ideal of "Unity without uniformity." We need better democracy. For that we need better education. For that we need a real commitment to the rights of children - the next generation.
I will make a donation. Please remind me of your bank details.
However, I do not understand your problem. The website is still working. What have you lost?
Dr Bernard Scott, England
November 11, 2005
To a question about God, Social Harmony and Children’s Priority
Excuse that I answer not at once: I was sick some days.
You have stated the very important ideas, which are worthy of common attention and discussion. Let me to share with you my brief comments:
1. God is a harmony and harmony is a God as it esteem to East. God has created harmony of the world from chaos. God has sent Christ on the Earth, to the people that He has put a beginning of harmony in a human and society. Therefore all human history can be considered as a slow ascent of the people from chaos to harmony, from evil to goods, from hatred to love and etc. Each Christian (each believer) should rise on a ladder of harmony: from smaller to the greater harmony etc. The children’s priority preventing wars, terror, poverty, humiliations and approving order of social harmony on the Earth is an embodiment and continuation of God and His Son in an information society.
2. A chaos is a necessary step of development from the point of view of social Synergetics. The liberal/monetary civilization will enter the chaos if it will not find the ways of movement to social harmony, for example, through institute of children’s suffrage executed by parents, i.e. through the children’s priority.
3. Gordon Pask's ideal of "Unity without uniformity" is not that other as the harmony, as more one its good definition, which very much is pleasant to me also. All problem consists just in search of harmony ("unity without uniformity") many and different kinds of employment of the individual (also classes, groups, ethnicities, sphere classes etc.) in all four spheres of society. As soon as this problem will be solved at an individual and social level so a new human history - harmonious history or history of social / individual harmony will begin from now on. I assume this history will begin from a mature information society, in which the children’s priority will be established. Probably this history will begin in the second half of the 21st century and can be and earlier….
4. You create a global sequence of social harmony: democracy - education – children’s rights - new generation. This sequence can be complemented: children’s rights – children’s suffrage executed by parents – children’s priority - new generation - new (sphere and harmonious) classes - democracy of new quality.
I am very grateful to you for your desire to donate for our Website “Peace from Harmony and Children’s Priority”. Its problem consists that its database is destroyed. Without this database updating the site is impossible. About 3-2 thousand dollars are required for restoration of database (about 2 thousand papers, photos, reviews, letters, responses etc. in four languages). I also should replace hosting, system management contents, to establish its protection etc. I inform you my bank account:
Could I consider your donation as the "membership shares" of our website as it offers and does Professor Reimon Bachika?
Best harmony wishes,
Dr Leo Semashko,
November 15, 2005
Discussion: The Center of the Spheres of Tetrasociology
According to the scientists the human race is animated stardust. Stardust forms itself into spheres, and the sphere is specified by its center and its radius. Semashko constantly (2002, 2003, 2004, www.peacefromharmony.spb.ru
) talks about his "Sphere Classes" - necessary, sufficient, but differently prioritized…people, information, organizations (and) things. He defines each one of these spheres as:
1. The Humanitarian Class is the class of people engaged in the reproduction of people, i.e. employed in the sociosphere, the object and product of which is the individual/people. It is the "Socioclass."
2. The Informational Class is the class of people employed in information reproduction, i.e. employed in the infosphere, the object and product of which is information. It is the "Infoclass"
3. The Organizational Class is the class of people, employed in organizations reproduction, i.e. the orgsphere, the object and product of which is organizations. It is the "Orgclass"
4. The Technical Class is the class of people employed in the reproduction of things/material benefits, i.e. employed in the techno sphere, the object and product of which are things. It is the "Technoclass"
Now all these spheres, if they are true spheres, will be moving around a center, with a radius that clearly defines what is in the sphere, and what is not in the sphere. Not only will they be revolving around their centre, like the earth revolves on its axis, but these spheres will probably be revolving around another larger sphere. What could we say this is?
While Semashko thinks that his spheres are new, I myself can see that they have been always operating within each cultural system. Lawyers, doctors, educators, politicians, business men, journalists and writers, all have their spheres of influence. Semashko wants children to be a priority for all spheres. Let us say he wants them to be the centre of the sphere, but these spheres are already revolving around other centres, like power and money. They would have to be blown apart and reformed for children to be the centre. As this is a Web Site for Peace coming from Harmony, this is not possible. So the work load now is to discuss how we can move into each sphere and melt its icy centre and replace it with a warm centre, a concern for children. Firstly, though we have to understand that we are completely part of the whole system of spheres, we are made of the same stuff, moving and evolving with every spin, every revolution. Leaning into the moving cycles for human beings means, I believe, that we have to move into a cycle of sorrow, forgiveness, and reconciliation. This will orientate the spheres to life and love and become their centre.
May 25, 2005
Changes to society's sphere center is the basis of history and tetrahistoricism
I am very grateful to you for fundamental questions about tetrasociological theory. Let me provide some terminological specifications.
1. Your metaphorical analogy between mankind and stardust is limited: the laws that apply to the latter do not apply to the former and vice versa. This metaphor is more artful than scientific.
2. The natural spheres: lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere etc. essentially differ from social spheres. only one thing is common between them. Spheres in any science are named the largest part of a whole, the largest part of an object of knowledge. Proceeding from this, the centers and the radiuses of natural spheres qualitatively differ from the centers and radiuses of social spheres.
3. In tetrasociology you name all as spheres: resources, classes, etc. Actually they precisely differ in tetrasociology, though are indissolubly connected. onLY four spheres of social reproduction are actual SPHERES: sociosphere, infosphere (cultural sphere), orgsphere, technosphere, differing on what product/resource/capital, which is reproduced in them. The people, information (culture), organizations and things are PRODUCTS/RESOURCES of spheres but they ARE NOT spheres though they have similar property and may be called as the SPHERE products/resources. The same is true of sphere classes. They ARE NOT spheres but are engaged in spheres, therefore they are classified as the sphere classes, i.e. classes belonging to spheres and employed in them.
Now, we shall talk about your main question - about a center of spheres and a central sphere. The concept "centre" is a good analogue of concept "priority". To be a centre means to be a priority and likewise, to be a priority means to be at a centre. The concepts of centre and priority are used for allocation of the main, basic parts, structures or elements of society and for separating them from that which is not basic but peripheral. In this sense the concepts of "centre" and "periphery" are widely used by the world famous sociologist Immanuel Wallerstein in his three-dimensional theory of "world-system" (1974). Tetrasociology recognizes a priority as a center. For example, among resources the priority or centre is the people but information (culture), organization and things are periphery, as they are made (produced) by the people. Continuing this logic, sociosphere, which reproduces the people, should be a natural centre/priority of all spheres but all other spheres should be periphery. Similarly, with the sphere classes, a natural centre/priority should be the socioclass, engaged in sociosphere, but all others sphere classes should be periphery.
However, this logic and natural condition of society is not the beginning but rather the final stage and ultimate goal of human history. History, as we know it, goes through a number of steps (stages, societies, social and economic structures). In the beginning of a history (traditional and industrial societies) a priority/central role plays material/technical sphere, then organizational sphere (financial, imperialist society), then information sphere (information society) and at last social sphere (social or "sphere" - in the tetrasociological terminology - society). Certainly it is a naked scheme, which requires and has a set of historical confirmations, which we can not use here because of limitation of space and genre. First conclusion: spheres together with resources and the sphere classes (which are included in spheres) are continents, largest parts of society, which alternately occupy the central/priority or peripheral place in society, with which its qualitative socio-economic changes are connected. The sphere centre of society is constant-variable: it always belongs to a sphere of society but in the different historical periods - to different spheres. Change of the central sphere determines change of the historical periods (stages etc). Therefore such periods of a history can be termed by "sphere". Historicism here takes the form of "Tetrahistoricism" or, the equivalent, "Sphere Historicism". Certainly, these are the initial qualifications, requiring enormous work on creation of the large-scale historical and theoretical argumentation. Dear Hilarie, I am grateful to you for your questions, which have lifted me on more high level in the development of tetrasociology.
As to the centres inside spheres, they too are constant - variable. Each sphere has at the constant centre that resource, which is constantly reproduced in it. But its concretely historical specificity is set (defined) by the central sphere of society. If it is the economy (material, technical sphere), all peripheral resources are directed first of all to it and are determined by it. For example, the human in such (early industrial) society can be only economic (material); his value is measured by quantity of things (property) he owns. He/she aims only on a production and accumulation of material boons. All other people and classes remain in it only peripherally and marginally. In a financial (late industrial) society the TNCs, creating the global financial empires, the human can be only financial, his value is measured by quantity of money; he/she aims only on a production and accumulation of money (financial capital). All other people and classes remain in it only peripheral and marginal. It is similar with the human of an information (cultural) society. And only in the social ("sphere") society, which begins in a mature information society, the human becomes the end in itself, and only in this case the centre of both the human and the society become love, heart, dignity, fairness, harmony, children and eternal, harmonious peace and its culture. only in this society the social class will borrow, under the right, the central place in society among all classes, and children, under the right, become in a social class, therefore in all society, the centre and priority.
The history indefatigably goes in this direction at all its stops, deviations to the parties, returns etc. Therefore tetrasociology approves inevitability of an establishment of the priority/centre of children in the social sphere and society as a whole. It shows how and when it can take place historically. But history is made by the people. And the earlier we understand this necessity, the earlier we will realize our sphere class identity and its harmonizing role in society, and that faster and with fewer mistakes and less blood mankind will come to the naturally harmonious and humane condition, to the cybernetic self-organizing order of social harmony. At this point, an originally human history, in relation to which all previous history is as preparation for it, will begin. Such consequences follow from Hilarie's questions to tetrasociology. Your letter 'Making Children a Priority in Australia' to the Prime Minister of Australia Hon. John Howard about the establishment of children as a priority (centre) is the first step towards a new, social ("sphere") society, the road to which the development in different countries will be both long and difficult. But the beginning has been put to it! It is a glorious beginning! The priority/centre of children is an historical inevitability as well as social harmony, and harmonious peace in order to prevent wars, terrorism, poverty, humiliation and other social illnesses. The history really begins the decision of this task through our actions: through your letter, through tetrasociology, through our website (www.peacefromharmony.spb.ru
), through the contributions its more than 80 co-authors from 18 countries of the world etc. "The gold century" of a human history begins with it.
June 14, 2005
The Cosmic Connection
Dear Professor Semashko,
When I said that human beings are animated stardust, I was not being "artistic" or "fanciful". That remark was based on many years of reading Paul Davies, an Australian scientist. This is what he says:
"Imagine our own solar system…four and a half billion years ago. A massive cloud of hydrogen, laced with heavy elements, gradually shrinks. Here and there, gravity tugs the gas into dense spinning blobs…These agglomerations of matter are destined to become a cluster of new stars. one such star is our Sun. Around it, gas and dust swirl in complicated patterns, forming a disc-shaped nebula. The light material drifts to the periphery of the nebula and eventually condenses into the giant gas planets, such as Saturn. The heavier elements concentrate in the inner regions of the disc, where they become incorporated into Earth and its neighbours. The material that make sup our planet is therefore not primordial, but the nuclear ash from stars that blazed and died long before the solar system ever existed. Since the Earth formed, its material has not remained inert. Carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen are continually recycled through the atmosphere and crust by geological and biological processes. When an organism dies and decays, its atoms are released back into the environment. Some of them eventually become part of other organisms. Simple statistics reveal that your body contains about one atom of carbon from every milligram of dead organic material more than 1,000 years old. Next time you look at your body, reflect on the long and eventual history of its atoms, and remember that the flesh you see, and the eyes you see them with, are literally made of star-dust." (Davies 2003:.127)
The biosphere, according to Paul Davies could have come to the earth from comets. "When the Giotto spacecraft flew close to comet Halley in 1986, it revealed a tar-black core containing carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and sulphur. Analysis of the dust grains steaming from the head revealed that as much as one-third was organic material. Common substances such as benzene, methanol, and acetic acid were detected as well as some of the building blocks of nucleic acids. If Halley is anything to go by, then comets could easily have supplied Earth with enough carbon to make the entire biosphere." (Davies 2003;136)
With Leo Semashko I have been thinking about the sphere, its centre and its radius. Firstly, I want to give you an impression of Teilhard de Chardin by Cunningham, found on the net, and then follow it up with some citations from "The Phenomenon of Man" which is in my study with me at the present moment.
Teilhard de Chardin and the Noosphere, by Rev. Phillip J. Cunningham, C.S.P.
The vision of the "sphere" with its circumscribed surface is crucial to the Teilhardian perspective. It provided the closed and limited volume in which the earliest stage of evolution took place. "And let me also repeat that this [molecular] synthesis itself would never take place if the globe itself as a whole did not enfold within an enclosed surface the layers of its substance." (1961, p. 73)
"Similarly, it is on the watery surface of the geosphere, bombarded by solar radiation and cosmic debris that "the amazing profusion of organic matter whose matted complexity came to form the last (or rather the last but one) of the envelopes or our planet: the biosphere." (p. 79) The initial granule of life was the cell. In the intervening millions of years, the evolutionary process has populated the biosphere with incredible myriad of life forms, many extinct, some extant and some perhaps still evolving. "
In my hand now I have my own copy of "The Phenomenon of Man' by Teilhard de Chardin. "Whenever we look on earth, the growth of the 'within' only takes place thanks to a doubly related involution, the coiling up of the molecule upon itself and the coiling up of the planet upon itself. The initial quantum of consciousness contained in our terrestrial world is not formed merely of an aggregate of particles caught fortuitously in the same net. It represents a correlated mass of infinitesimal centres structurally bound together by the conditions of their origin and development…the fundamental condition characteristic of primary matter (is) the unity of plurality" (Chardin 1963:.74)
As I see it, Semashko's idea of spheres and their products are closely related to the kinds of ideas of Paul Davies and Teilhard de Chardin. Chardin says that "in any domain - whether it be the cells of a body, the members of a society or the elements of a spiritual synthesis - union differentiates. In every organized whole, the parts perfect themselves and fulfill themselves….Following the confluent orbits of their centres, the grains of consciousness do not tend to lose their outlines and blend, but, on the contrary, to accentuate the depth and incommunicability of their egos. The more 'other' they become in conjunction, the more they find themselves as 'self' could a centre dissolve? Or rather, would not its particular way of dissolving be to supercentralise itself? Thus, under the influence of these two factors - the essential immiscibility of consciousness and the natural mechanism of all unification - the only fashion in which we could correctly express the final state of a world undergoing psychical concentration would be as a system whose unity coincides with a paroxysm of harmonized complexity." (Chardin 1963:.262)
And finally, there is the heart that I am most interested in. Chardin talks about our minds creating a noosphere, but when we talks about love, he says that it is a full biological reality. "Love - that is to say, the affinity of being with being - is not peculiar to man. It is a general property of all life and as such it embraces, in its varieties and degrees, all the forms successively adopted by organized matter. In the mammals.. it is easily recognized…Driven by the forces of love, the fragments of the world seek each other so that the world may come to being. This is no metaphor; and it is uh more than poetry. Whether as a force or a curvature, the universal gravity of bodies, so striking to us, is merely the reverse or shadow of that which really moves nature. Love in all its subtleties is nothing more, and nothing less, than the more or less direct trace marked on the heart of the element by the psychical convergence of the universe upon itself….A universal love is not only psychologically possible; it is the only complete and final way in which we are able to love….If the universe ahead of us assumes a face and a heart, and so to speak personifies itself, then in the atmosphere created by this focus the elemental attraction will immediately blossom. Then, no doubt, under the heightened pressure of an in folding world, the formidable energies of attraction, still dormant between human molecules will burst forth." From the chapter Love as Energy pgs. 264-268
So this is my long answer to you Leo. You say that spheres in any science are named the largest part of a whole, the largest part of an object of knowledge. You say that only four spheres of social reproduction are actual SPHERES, sociosphere, infosphere, orgsphere, and technosphere. All of a sudden I realize, I think Leo, that your spheres are actual moving systems which form, use, manipulate, people, information, organizations and things. You cannot go on then to say what the centres of resources are - you have to say what the centre of the sphere that forms, uses, manipulates, and makes resources.
You most remind me of Chardin when you say "And only in the social ("sphere") society, which begins in a mature information society, the human becomes the end in itself, and only in this case the centre of both the human and the society become love, heart dignity, fairness, harmony, children and eternal, harmonious peace and its culture. only in this society will the social class will borrow, under the right, the central place in society among all classes, and children under the right, become in a social class, therefore in all society, the centre and priority." (8-2 Dialog of Adults: peacefromharmony)
I hope that you understand this small attempt at entering your spheres, and looking to the cosmic whole to help me to understand.
Davies, Paul (2003) The Origin of Life, London: Penguin Books
Teilhard de Chardin, P The Phenomenon of Man 1963, London: Wm Collins Sons & Co. Ltd.
Semashko, L. (2002). Tetrasociology: Responses to Challenges. St. Petersburg , Russia : State Technical Univ.
Semashko, L. (2003). Tetrasociolog: from Sociological Imagination through Dialog to Universal Values and
Harmony, St. Petersburg , Russia : State Technical Univ.
Semashko, L. (2004). Children’s Suffrage: Democracy for the 21st Century, Priority Investment in Human
Capital as a Way toward Social Harmony
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In peace and harmony and love,
7th July, 2005
Ada Aharoni: About tetrasociological model of harmonious peace (see Website Mission)
To: Dr. Leo Semashko, IFLAC Director in St. Petersburg, Russia
Here is the paragraph you have asked for. Sorry it is not more, as I am very busy with the preparations of the 5th IFLAC Congress in LA.
"All models, organizations, and theories that lead to the promotion of a world beyond war, like IFLAC PAVE PEACE - which I have the honor to have founded in 2000 - are solid paving stones to a better world for us and our children.
I am very glad that Leo Semashko has built a tetrasociological model of harmonious peace, and a tetrasociology website inspired by IFLAC PAVE PEACE, and has kindly named it the "Daughter Website of IFLAC." May the IFLAC daughter and the whole family grow, with strong wings flying all over the world, and plant seeds of harmonious peace culture all over our global village.
Leo asks me to comment on the tetrasociological model of harmonious peace, as it appears in its website Mission , in comparison with the IFLAC international and multicultural model. There are various differences, and I will just note a few of them: The main difference is that IFLAC is not mainly a Model and a Theory, it is an active and lively organization, that has branches in 21 countries, all working harmoniously together to spread the Culture of Peace.
In four and a half years, IFLAC has succeeded to draw 167 dedicated leaders and members to its organization that daily receive the IFLAC PAVE PEACE online Digest, and send it on to their
thousands of affiliates. In three years, since the foundation of the Digest, we have sent out more than 2500 messages, in 1003 editions of the Digests. The whole point is to spread the messages and contents of a new revolutionary Peace Culture that can overcome the bad culture of violence and war, blowing its poison all over our global village.
I am confident that IFLAC's Daughter, with all her four languages, will grow from a tetrasociology model to a full lively, vibrating young woman, with a vast influence over the whole youth of our world. Together with IFLAC PAVE PEACE, and all other Peace Culture Organizations, we will actively bring about the much yearned-for New Harmonious Peace Culture, creating a brave new world beyond war."
With profound peace wishes,
Prof. Ada Aharoni, IFLAC President, www.iflac.com, www.iflac.com/ada
May 12, 2005
Leo Semashko. Theoretical analysis of the multicultural model of harmonious peace (see site, page 1-11)
To: Professor Ada Aharoni, IFLAC President
, I am very grateful to you for the friendly, wise and poetic response! You are the world famous poet; you consider poetry, art in general, by main tool of construction of peace without wars. Your thinking is figurative and concrete, you bathe in poetic metaphors. one your image of tetrasociological website growing from a dry ‘tetrasociology model to a full lively, vibrating young woman’ costs dearly! A brilliant image! It consonant with Goethe’s genius image: a theory is dry, and tree of life greens eternally! However, impossible to forget other, not less genius idea, stated by Bolzman: "there is nothing more practical than the good theory".
In the response you have presented your model, embodied in IFLAC, as an alive tree of culture, without the claims on a theoretical analysis. Though your response does not intend for scientific character, however, let me, as a social scientist, to translate our dialogue in the theory and social science and to give the brief conceptual analysis by your peace multicultural model. Even if I would want I could not argue with you at a figurative metaphorical level. Therefore I still have only theoretical analysis. I shall begin from positive aspects of your model.
At you the first I have found a clear idea about social need of a new peace culture. I completely agree with your idea, inspiring me to cooperation with you and on "birth of the IFLAC daughter website": "The urgent requirement for a new ethical peace culture has become obvious at the dawn of the third millennium, considering the extent of cultural violence and the arsenals of nuclear weapons that threaten to destroy the Earth...In view of the fact that the growing global culture of violence and terror has become the greatest risk factor for the sustainability and future development of human civilization, their deep causes and dangerous implications are examined and various ways to curb them and to replace them with a multicultural culture of peace, are suggested." This culture, from your point of view, is embodied, first of all, in the literature, art, and mass media, in high technology communications and education, including the education of parents and teachers. You speak: “The building of a powerful multicultural media of peace can impart to humanity a new global multicultural identity, and it can guide us in making the world a secure place from violence, wars and terror.”
Multiculturalism can "inculcate new ethical peace values and to create a global village beyond war". The basic social support of a new peace culture you count women: "Women can be a tremendous force in the attainment of this goal, for they are more than half the citizens of the world. If the women of the world unite, together with all the democratic men who yearn for a world beyond war, global peace can be attained. Women are the best ally for promoting peace, and there is a close link between a culture of peace and gender." "There is no greater challenge in the world today than that of living in peace, respect, and harmony with one’s neighbors. … War is not democratic, as most of the people of the world do not want wars. Will women, who are the majority of the citizens of the world - together with all the men who also yearn for a world beyond war - succeed in achieving their democratic right to live in peace?" It is a substantial skeleton of multicultural peace model, which you name "revolutionary" and at the end of which there is a large question mark.
This question puts the theoretical problems, requires the scientific analysis and conceptual synthesis. Multicultural model has stopped before the theory, has put before a social science a question but has not gone on a way of deep rationality. Its main weakness, in my opinion, consists in it. It does not give the scientific answer to the put question, logically does not explain, WHY the women become the main social support of new culture of the world, HOW art will ensure to the women in union with the peaceful men success in struggle for a new peace, WHICH should be new democracy for this peace, WHEN, in which epoch a new peace culture is possible etc. Tens questions remain in a multicultural model without the answer. (In brackets, for comparison, we shall note, that a tetrasociological model of harmonious peace not only puts all line of similar questions but also gives on them detailed theoretical-system response, which is submitted in section "Tetrasociology" and on other website pages. Therefore I define tetrasociology as the theory of social harmony and harmonious peace. It as separate but the very important social aspect, can not exist outside of harmonious society and outside of the order of social harmony, which system is opened by tetrasociology.)
In the brief answer I can not state the tetrasociological arguments and compare it with multicultural. I shall note some moments.
First. The attitude to the most social theory. Seems multicultural model not only has stopped before a theory but also was frightened it and does not want to promoting it considering it by something minor. (But we shall recollect once again Bolzman.) Actually there is a lot of examples, when the theoretical weakness broke the most noble dreams or transformed them into a disgustful reality. Therefore refusal of a multicultural model from the deep theory is, from my point of view, its basic lack, from which all others follow. It deprives this model of search of the answers on those questions, which it bares. Opposite, in the tetrasociological model recognizes that without an innovatory theory (tetrasociology, which I develop about 30 years, gives six theoretical innovations, main of which is innovation of the sphere classes harmonious on the nature) in construction of a new peace culture impossible to advance on one serious step. Certainly, in a theoretical analysis of this culture the important role is played all social disciplines submitted in the website section 7, which require an interdisciplinary connection.
Second. Understanding of our age and conditions for becoming of a new culture of harmonious peace. Such social phenomena as multiculturalism, women peace-loving, art and democracy connected by your model exist millenniums but they did not prevent a parallel cycle of wars and violence. If they did not prevent war earlier, they and in a new century will not prevent them. Theory (model) of a new peace culture should be the theory (model) of transition from industrial to an information society. Tetrasociology is the theory of transformation first in second, theory of an information instead of industrial society. The mature industrial society as have defined postmodernism is "deconstruction" in all social spheres. From the tetrasociological positions from elements of an industrial "deconstruction" is created (synthesized) a new social reality into a new information society. Three basic processes can be allocated here.
First, within the information age the spheres of social reproduction are formed from industrial and new branches. However, in sociology there is no common opinion neither about quality, nor about number of spheres albeit their spectrum is significant narrowly (within the limits of 3-5) than spectrum of the industrial branches (within limits of hundreds). The world schools of modern sociology allocate basically or three spheres – economic, political, labor or cultural (A.Giddens, 1990; L.Sklar, 1991; R.Robertson, 1992, etc.), or four – political, economic, cultural, ecology or religion or social (U.Beck, 1998; DeWitt, 2000; G. Ternborn, 2002; Semashko, 2002, etc.), or five ‘spheres of the social landscape’ – etno, tecno, finance, media, ideo (A.Appadurai, 1996, etc.). Thus, an information society on the structure and organization becomes not branch but sphere. As recognize almost everyone priority in it is an information sphere, which replaces a priority of economic sphere. The main resource is not things but information, which includes also poetry and other kinds of the art information.
Secondly, the growth of social self-consciousness on a basis of information provides formation of a new social community and new social actors: sphere classes of the population, which unite traditional classes and groups by criterion of employment in spheres of social reproduction. The social class including workers in education, healthcare, welfare, sports and entertainment, and also non-working population: pre-schoolers, students, unemployed, retired, etc. becomes a priority class instead of economy class. The social class becomes a basic consumer of information resources, which use considerably strengthens its social and political positions and making its by priority class. The special role in it is got children as that resource, which quality defines quality of the social capital and quality of human resource in a whole. Clearly that the quality of children is defined by quality of education and its information. Children together with the parents and especially mothers, who carry the basic burden of care for children, and also all caregivers (teachers, doctors, grandmothers etc.), which cover up to 80 % of the population, make the basic potential and energy of peace-loving and social harmony. Therefore they provide the social foundation for a new culture of harmonious peace in an information society. The special role in this model, as well as in multicultural, also assign a part to the women but in specific functions.
Thirdly, when sphere classes will realize the community and identity as priority above racial, national, religious and other communities, then they become the leading political actors and will transform a branch (industrial) democracy in sphere. In its all kinds of power will be fifty-fifty divided between the representatives of the sphere, harmonious classes of the population. The traditional industrial state with economic and military priorities is transformed into the sphere democratic state with a social priority, first of all with a priority of children interests. The institute of children’s suffrage executed by parents (see website page 2-4) will be that political institute, which will ensure to children and social groups, close to them, a political priority.
Sphere classes and sphere democracy, which will develop in an information society (which, therefore, can title by a sphere or harmonious society), will create in it the order of social harmony. only this order can become a strong basis for a new culture of harmonious peace, only it will prevent wars, terror, poverty, humiliation and other mass social defects.
It is the theoretical model of harmonious peace within tetrasociology (in more details look website mission and other specified sources). As we see, it synthesizes all elements of multicultural model but in qualitatively new paradigm. It opens those new social (sphere) roles of a human, which exclude functions of war, terror and other forms of social violence. For a long time known that human as the parent can love children and members of the family but as the member of military group, as Nazi or terrorist can quietly kill others, including another's children. To this are a lot of examples: from Hebbels and up to modern women-terrorists. He/she can be peaceful in family but violenceoutside of it. We do not examine but we take into account the pathological humans, which are a subject of medicine. We speak about the socially organized and socially produced forms of violence shown in wars and terrorism first of all, which are excluded by the order of social harmony mature information (or sphere or harmonious) society. Certainly, tetrasociological model of harmonious peace has many unsolved theoretical details and questions but in whole its logic skeleton is transparent. As far as it will be viable will show time in nearest 30-50 years. I am sure a dialogue of different models of harmonious peace, which has begun on our website, will strengthen its theoretical basis, which is not self-obvious. Therefore I should thank dear Ada
, which kindly began this important scientific discussion and also everyone, who will participate in it in the future.
May 15, 2005