“Beyond Vietnam”, April 4th, 1967, “Every nation must now
develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to
preserve the best in their individual societies.”
The time has come for everyone to be committed to unity.
Throughout time, people have been fighting wars. In the twentieth
century, countries banded together to form the United Nations (UN)
to attempt to resolve conflicts peacefully. The UN has not been
able to achieve their main goal, despite formidable efforts. There
are millions of reasons why the goal has been elusive, but the
efforts must be continued. Out of the peace efforts, a multitude of
wonderful humanitarian programs have been developed. Working
together for peace creates unity!
Perhaps, what is needed is a new commitment to unity. The world has entered the twenty
first century and has encountered a new major conflict. The new world is fighting the old,
the west against the east, two philosophies, two cultures, two ways of thinking. How is the
conflict to be solved? Is there a prophetic symbolism in the name, United Nations, for
solving the problem?
People have a choice between separation or unity. Violence and death create anger and
hostility. Solving the problem militarily seems to separate people. Dialogue and
diplomacy would unite people. Is the world able to seek world-wide unity – unity based
upon trust and common goals, nobility found through compromise, peace through
nonviolence and love? Are people able to work together? Are people able to show each
other that they are not enemies? There is a wedge of mistrust and fear being driven
between the east and the west. There must be an initiative to find common bonds, to
mend the wounds, not aggravate them.
What if there was a “World-Wide Unity Campaign” to show that the
people in every country have great similarities. Everyone could be
made to feel they are a part of the whole. People in every village,
town, and city, in every country of the world could participate.
Efforts for peace could be conducted with humility, respect, and
nonviolence. People of the world could work towards common
goals rather than fighting and killing one another. The objective
would be to build bridges and transcend ideological, religious,
national, and political borders.
People around the world are the same. They have differences but
they can be solved peacefully. How can a common bond between
people be created? Is there a way to create a family for all the
children? Perhaps, the answer lies by analyzing what happens
when a disaster strikes. When the Tsunami struck in December,
2004, people around the world contributed to helping those in
distress and rebuilding the areas destroyed. Why can’t the world
mobilize without a disaster?
James Carroll wrote profoundly about unity in an article entitled
“Discourse in the Middle East,” in the Boston Globe, February 26,
2007. Carroll was relating the difficulties of peaceful relations in
Jerusalem between the three major religious groups, Jews, Muslims,
and Christians. He stated, “One person’s true belief is another
person’s fundamentalism. Tolerance is proclaimed a religious
virtue, but can it tolerate the intolerant?” The inference is that it
has to be done. He wrote, “Incompatible narratives do in fact
unfold side by side. Arabs and Jews do intermingle.” A Palestinian
leader was quoted as saying, “There is no choice but partnership.”
And a Jewish leader spoke of “the coalition of civilizations.”
Carroll’s brilliance is in seeing that people can find ways to work
together and his writing expresses his view without forcing it upon
people. He makes people think! It gives me hope. It makes me
believe in unity. It makes me want to work hard for that unity, in a peaceful way.
There are thousands of organizations working to help others. These group’s efforts must
be brought into the mainstream of political life and made priority. World humanitarian
efforts will help bring unity.
What is world-wide unity? What does it mean? Are people able to differentiate between
everyone being the same versus everyone working for a similar goal? If people work
together, they would still be able to maintain their own identity and integrity. They would
still be able to live the lives they choose, within their own communities, and continue their
own national and religious identities. If they work together on common goals, they would
be sending a message to others stating, we trust you, we honor your rights, and we want
to help you.
The time has come for people to live in peace. Howard Zinn, author of “A People’s History
of the United States”, wrote, “We need to assert our allegiance to the human race, and
not to any one nation.” Why did he write that? Was it because, if the countries do not
realize it they will always be in conflict?
In 2006, Kofi Annan announced the design of an “Alliance of Civilizations” via the UN
because the UN saw the need for unifying. The announcement stated, “The initiative is
intended to respond to the need for a committed effort by the international community --
both at the institutional and civil society levels -- to bridge divides and overcome
prejudice, misconceptions, misperceptions, and polarization which potentially threaten
world peace.” Also, “The Alliance of Civilizations is intended as a coalition against such
forces, as a movement to advance mutual respect for religious beliefs and traditions, and
as a reaffirmation of humankind's increasing interdependence in all areas -- from the
environment to health, from economic and social development to peace and security.”
The UN has prepared Millenium Goals and Manifestos (great words!). They have an
initiative called the Culture of Peace, as well as hundreds of other programs for people to
work together. People around the world don’t see the work everyday. An extroverted
method must be designed to make people aware of the amazing peace efforts being
implemented everywhere! The bad things are going to happen. People can take it. The
good must be emphasized, not the bad!
There must be a commitment to nonviolence. People are attempting to “break down
borders.” (See Power of Collectivity)
Why are there coalitions? Why are people trying to unite? Is it because they would be
stronger if there were more people involved?
Why are people sending out announcements about peace rallies, protests and vigils on
the internet? Why are emails constantly asking for people to write their Congress people
Why are there rallies in Washington DC and other major cities of the world? Why are
people always concerned with the amount of people that are at the rallies? Is more
better? If there were more, would it help? Of course. An organizer, Mark Lipman, wrote,
“there was an energy and excitement that I hadn't felt before, as more people than we
even expected came to join and swell our ranks, from all walks of life - new faces, new
voices, new hope.”
If countries of the world attempt to solve the problems themselves, they will struggle much
more than if everyone worked together for a common goal.
There is a strength when people are joined with others, as Rabbi Lerner said a prayer at
a Washington DC march January 23, 2007, to approximately 80,000 people, “Thank you
universe. But we can all say together: Wow, what an amazing universe and what a gift to
be alive , even with our limited consciousness, to be here with other human beings who
share our commitment to building a world of love and generosity. So lets say it together—
about the universe and about the goodness of it all—Wow, Louder please a loud Wow.
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom was formed during the first World
War. A play was written to commemorate it’s formation called Conceived in war, born for
peace. Here is a profound statement from the play: “The interests of humanity will
transcend the interests of country.”
There are many organizations with superior initiatives to bring people together such as,
ONE for Aids, (see Utne letter), Tikkun and the Network of Spiritual Progressives, See
"We are not enemies!"
What do you think? Is this true? Are people enemies? I first heard it from a professor at
a Nuclear Safety convention sponsored by Dr. Helen Caldicott. Dr. Blair said, “We are not
In a book about the political status in Egypt from the 1950's to the 1990's, by Dr. Carrie
Wickham, entitled, “Mobilizing Islam.” and the people there were shown to be the same as
the people here. They were politically struggling to secure a safe home to bring up their
children. The Islamic radicals and extremists made it difficult, let alone the system in
which they operate is authoritarian. The book illustrates people around the world, in
diverse cultures, want the same thing. The book affirms people are not enemies with the
majority of people in the world. The political struggle is with the powerful and
The moderate voice that must be heard
Is there a sleeping majority that prefers peace? The rich are a small percentage of the
population. The leaders are a small percentage of the population. The extremists are a
small percentage of the population. The people that lead corporations are a small
percentage of the population. Yet the rich and powerful make the decisions. It is time for
the people to make the decisions. The first and most important issue is peace. Without
peace, none of the other issues make a difference. The people must speak out for
peace. People must be empowered to speak out for peace. People that do not ordinarily
speak out, must now, speak out for peace. What is the objective, peace? Then the
opposite is war? Who wants war? Probably not very many people want war. That means
that the majority probably want peace. Who wants peace, everyone? Can the world find
unity working for peace?
The Moderates must affect the people confronting extremists in their own society
We need MILLIONS - There is strength in numbers. There are thousands of political,
philosophical, and religious grass root organizations throughout the US and throughout
the world, working for peace. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all the groups were united?
What will unite them?
There are thousands of organizations with wonderful messages and slogans. Here is an
example, from Earth Repair Foundation in Australia: “World Peace and Unity is not an
Option, it is a Necessity!” Another is “World Unity and Peace, Believe it. Accept it.”
Gila Svirsky, the leader of Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP), wrote after an initiative,
“The international campaign "GAZA: Stop the Siege! End the War!" was amazing, and
embraced the entire globe. While individual actions may have been
small, the cumulative impact of 107 cities holding protest and educational
activities together is formidable. Some of the media reports were
particularly effective and won access to broad international audiences.”
words of Lama Hourani from Gaza, following her painful descriptions of the
sights in Beit Hanoun, "I don't know what to do, desperate and depressed.
Maybe one of the things that cheers me up sometimes and gives me hope is
hearing about the solidarity activities that take place in different places
in the world."
There are many - Palestinians, Israelis, and internationals - who have their
flickering hope kept alive by the work that all of us do throughout the
world. Thank you for your partnership.”
Lao Tsu said, “Struggling to achieve unity is not as natural as the spontaneous
experience and participation in the unity.”
|(GS of NV)
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