True Art For Peace.

A young man from Germany created an astounding, powerful work of art combining music, history, film, truth and a message of peace. The creative effort is a clearly brilliant, original example of rarely manifested true art, raising the bar higher for artists everywhere.

(Thank you to We Are Change at YouTube)

World Peace Arrives As War Goes Extinct.

by Jerry Alatalo

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Chief Joseph

“Tell General Howard I know his heart. What he told me before, I have in my heart. I am tired of fighting. Our chiefs are killed; Looking Glass is dead; Too-Hul-Sote is dead. The old men are all dead. It is the young men who say yes or no. He who led on the young men is dead. It is cold, and we have no blankets; the little children are freezing to death. My people, some of them, have run away to the hills and have no blankets, no food. No one knows where they are – perhaps freezing to death. I want to have time to look for my children, and see how many of them I can feed. Maybe I shall find them among the dead. Hear me, my chiefs! I am tired; my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.”

– Chief Joseph (1840-1904) Nez Perce leader

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Alphabet The title of this post may seem to some as a kind of koan, in other words a “puzzling, paradoxical statement” or verbal exchange related to Zen Buddhism. To say that peace on Earth will arrive once war is absent is like saying 2+2=4, or that once an alcoholic stops drinking their substance abuse problem disappears. There are simply times when one views the world with its continuing acts of war and violence and wonders when an effort to eradicate war becomes the greatest collective focus of the human race.

Through history, an incredible amount of words have become written and spoken about wars, their causes, their consequences, possible ways of diminishing their occurrence, and so on. It is amazing to consider the grand total of war and peace efforts, thoughts and actions of men and women through the centuries and millenia beginning even before communication records were available. Taking some moments to consider life in the broadest of contexts – the “what’s it all about, Alfie?”, “what does it all mean?” place of philosophical perceiving – cannot but leave one absolutely astonished at the mysterious nature of the creation.

Various forms of philosophic/religious/spiritual thought have focused on the big questions all the way through until today. Why were wars made optional for human beings by an omnipotent Creator/God? Being omnipotent (having all power), couldn’t he/she have created the world without the causes and eventual conflicts igniting from those causes? American philosophical writer Dagobert D. Runes asked a similar question: “If God could make angels, why did he bother with men?” There are so many more similar questions which truth-seekers and philosophers have tried to answer, and their considerable findings can be found in untold numbers of books.

What has prevented humanity from taking/distilling the very wisest discoveries coming from history’s philosophers and spiritual icons and applying that wisdom to bring war to extinction? One would think that it’s a “slam dunk” choice for mankind when given the options of either continuing to fight wars with all of their heart-breaking consequences or living in universal peace with all that choice offers in joy-producing, positive consequences. Observing the clear, unambiguous, superior wisdom of choosing peace, one can only ask: “then, why isn’t peace being chosen in every situation?”

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Sir Thomas More

“They detest war as a very brutal thing; and which, to the reproach of human nature is more practiced by men than any sort of beasts; and they, against the custom of almost all other nations, think that there is nothing more inglorious than that glory which is gained by war. They should be both troubled and ashamed of a bloody victory over their enemies; and in no victory do they glory so much, as in that which is gained by dexterity and good conduct without bloodshed.”

– Sir Thomas More (1478-1535) Lord Chancellor of England, Author of “Utopia”

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“Utopia” has been defined as: “n. 1. an imaginary island described as having a perfect political and social system; subject and title of a book written by Sir Thomas More in 1516. 2. any place, state, or situation of ideal perfection. 3. any visionary scheme or system for an ideally perfect social order.” One of the many philosophies for living articulated up to this point in history perhaps coming closest to “Utopia” is that of the “seventh generation”. Adherents of the philosophy hold that every potential action must be given rational, careful thought about how – if that action becomes carried out – it will affect the health and well-being of people born seven generations into the future. Seventh generation philosophy is distinct from others as the concept travels a much greater distance further down the road of future consequences.

As an example for what is occurring now on Earth, if the seventh generation philosophy were an essential factor in discussion and debate on Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Nigeria and other regions of conflict, violent actions would have never occurred in the first place because careful thought would have led to the conclusion that people born seven generations from now may hold residual animosities only leading to further violence. The same thinking would apply if one took current-day examples involving wealth inequality, dislocation from ancestral homelands through financial/legal manipulations for natural resource extraction, as well as other lesser-to-great examples for illustration.

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Shelley

“A brighter morn awaits the human day, when poverty and wealth, the thirst of fame, the fear of infamy, disease and woe, war with its million horrors and fierce hell, shall live but in the memory of time.”

– Percy Shelley (1792-1822) English poet

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So, it seems there is no getting around the idea that there will always exist an impossible-to-grasp aspect of mystery to life, describing the meaning of the term created for Creator/God of “The Great Mystery”. Combining the concepts of a three-letter word “ego” that causes separation between human beings, the four-letter word “love” which joins people together and makes it impossible to harm, and the five-letter word “sacred” – considered by some as the eternal, ultimate reality of all people, all life, and all things – may offer one synthesized philosophy that creates a vision and path forward toward peace on Earth.

Albeit the condition on Earth has yet to become one where war is absent and extinct – despite the profound efforts of those millions of peacemakers through history – let it be stated that war’s extinction is certainly within the realm of human possibility. A wise seventh generation philosophy adherent, an advocate of striving for political and social perfection, and perhaps history’s greatest poet perceived that peace on Earth was possible.

Peace on Earth becomes reality as war becomes extinct. A puzzling and paradoxical statement that Zen Buddhists refer to as a koan. The greatest achievement in the history of the world – universal peace – is as complex, simple, incomprehensible, and easily understood as that. 

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Thank You Peacemakers Of The World.

by Jerry Alatalo

“War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace.”

– NORMAN COUSINS (1912-1990) American editor, writer

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“It’ll never happen in our lifetime”.

“Wars have always been a part of life on Earth, and they always will be”.

“Hopefully someday… Have a beer, the game’s about to start”.

“It ain’t gonna happen”.

“People like you who think world peace is possible are looking at the world through rose-colored glasses”.

“There’s too much greed for that to happen”.

Alphabet These are just a few examples of replies coming from friends, family and acquaintances of those men and women called the “peacemakers”. Up until here and now in the year of 2015, individuals and groups have put their time and efforts toward creating a new and better world for this and future generations. Something inside of each human being, present the day each person is born on this Earth, yearns for peaceful relations in their personal relationships and between nations.

And what is that “something” inside all, uniting humanity whether conscious of the bond or not, that cannot be measured by a “spirit-o-meter”? Is it a spark of God, Creator, Great Spirit or Allah, or, as some suggest when asserting that “God is love”, perhaps both God and love at the same time? Whatever one’s particular spiritual tradition or beliefs, the idea that every man, woman and child was born with an indwelling quality which results in feelings of sadness, compassion and empathy upon seeing others suffer and experience pain takes the word “awesome”, used often by appreciative young people, to an entirely more intense, emotional and near inexpressible level.

This is a level of awe-awareness experienced by peace workers to various intensities, the intensity level growing as one ages, matures, and first starts seriously thinking about their mortality. Are the actions directed toward bringing an end to situations either at risk for military escalation or already entangled in outright conflict thought of by the peace actors as a way to live on in history books if successful, or are peacemakers in the position where that “something” inside has grown naturally in an unstoppable version of personal, as contrasted to global/collective, evolution?

Is the evolutionary process for those men and women who become more effective and successful peace advocates over time running in parallel with the collective evolution of humanity toward the time when peace on Earth becomes a reality? Some who attempt the role of peacemaker give up and fall away from their endeavors after time and again experiencing disappointment with news of more wars and violence. This becomes understandable when one realizes peacemakers are more prone to directly experience the pain each new military conflict brings. Others somehow manage to carry on their works for peace, able to deal with the powerful natural feelings of compassion, empathy and wanting to do something, anything, to end the pain felt by brothers and sisters even thousands of miles away.

At some point wars and violence will cease on Earth, in exactly the same process each man and women come to the point where they “give up the things of youth”. Just exactly when that point becomes reached and war becomes effectively extinct no person can predict, but let there be no doubt about the fact that it will come to pass one day. And just what are the major factors which, if present, can speed up the process leading to that eventual day of worldwide celebration?

People can come up with a variety of answers in response to that question, and they will all deserve merit, consideration and coöperation among the people of the world to create conditions for those factors to become realized and effective. Yet, one factor stands out above all other meritorious concepts and proposals for creating peace, and that is the inherent-in-all, present at birth through death, spiritual “something” which, ironically, cannot be measured scientifically.  Just as individuals become more spiritually aware from birth through adolescence/youth, adulthood, maturity and old age on the inescapable path shared by all toward what some call death and others a transition, if one can compare a single human being to the creation there is a symmetrical quality between the body’s cell makeup and the makeup of the Mother Earth’s human beings.

Wars and violence are for the creation what cancerous cells are for the human body, and some believe both wars and cancers/disease have as their source some form of spiritual disharmony. Is it implausible that spiritual disease is the source of both cancer in human beings and wars and violence for humanity? At the level of individual human beings, is it possible that if one looked upon their fellow brothers and sisters as sacred, along with all living things, cancer could not possibly develop because the person seeing everything as sacred rarely experiences disturbing relationships and “dis-ease”?

History’s most renowned, iconic peacemakers have almost unanimously been spiritual pioneers and teachers. Martin Luther King Jr., Mohandas Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Archbishop Oscar Romero, Jesus Christ, the Buddha, Muhammad, and millions of other men and women peacemakers through history up until today were and are driven by the same inner source of strength available to every person as a birthright.

That “something” is God, love… or both.

Thank then join with men, women and children peacemakers today.

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John Pilger On Global Events.

Posted on December 20, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

blogger7-1Alphabet Veteran journalist and documentary filmmaker John Pilger wants people to know that state-sponsored torture is nothing new – and that anyone who thinks it is, is absurd. Could one of the reasons U.S. President John F. Kennedy became assassinated some 50 years ago have been his plan to “break the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) into a million pieces…”? John Pilger remembers interviewing an American nun who recalled her American torturer in Central America during the 1980’s.

Speaking of the British press, Pilger leaned on his decades of living in the United Kingdom as a journalist, and points out that the British government is responsible for much of the “mayhem” in the Middle East yet the facts have become “airbrushed” by the media there. He feels that “the media has become almost raw propaganda”. Describing the situation where known-by-everyone in the media and governments of war criminals and their virtual impunity, Pilger, incredibly, says that since the Vietnam War up until today there is a consensus to cover up the crimes.

Pointing to the example of the Iran-Contra scandal during the Ronald Reagan presidency (1980-1988), Pilger says the number of those who committed serious crimes yet went unpunished was in the dozens, “so everybody knew”. It becomes more and more clear that there are separate forms of justice in the world for those who are powerful and those who are not. The crimes committed in wars such as torture – or lying to the world before the 2003 Iraq War, and white-collar fraud varieties most people saw in epidemic proportions during the financial crisis of 2008, very rarely result in perpetrators doing time. Yet, those without financial or political power who commit crimes which do much, much less damage to societies find themselves quickly behind bars.

This is certainly not meant to say that poor and voiceless people who commit crimes should have immunity from prosecution, but that all criminals need to become held accountable – especially the ones whose actions result in massive harm. With regard to unequal justice, criminals with power and influence simply must become deterred through the same harsh punishment, proportional to the harms done, as those without the “right connections”. When massive harm does not result in massive punishment, potential “massive harmers” will not think before acting in the future.

When asked about resumption of violence in Iraq, John Pilger says he’s “not surprised… Unaccountable power will continue to go into other countries”. That is, Pilger added, “unless the public strongly reacts”. He seems to express some disappointment in saying that it has become very dangerous for people to take part in demonstrations like the ones around the world in opposition to a possible war in Iraq in 2003, and that journalists face the same increased risks.

Asked about Russia, Mr. Pilger says he’s “never known the truth (to become) so inverted (as) on Ukraine, which is a more dangerous form of Cold War than the first one”. He compares the Iraq War of 2003 and Ukraine, because there is “much fiction in both”. He believes that the recent plunge in global oil prices are part of an effort by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia to hurt the Russian economy, a perspective increasingly shared by analysts and journalists, born out by the drop in value of the Russian ruble.

John Pilger talked about developments in Ukraine as they relate to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Since the February 2014 violent coup d’état which ousted democratically elected Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, Pilger thinks Putin has been consistent in advocating for a solution based on intensive dialogue. What worries Mr. Pilger is that recently Vladimir Putin has stopped talking diplomatically, and includes the term “red lines” in public addresses.

That describes, according to John Pilger, a situation which has become very dangerous, fuelled in large measure by the “demonization” of Russia. “It’s such a danger”.

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(Thank you to goingundergroundRT at YouTube)