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PEACE HIGHWAY CHALLENGE PDF Print E-mail
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March 10.2009 

YOUR CHALLENGE if you elect to become involved is to help change the course of today’s history to create a new and more positive future for every one on earth, preserve and protect all species and our environment, and to end the cycle of war and terrorism on our planet. 

OVERVIEW:  The year 2009 is now witness to the collapse of normal economics on our planet.    With millions now unemployed tensions and frustrations are rising in every country.  Small and giant corporations are going under.  Governments are becoming more nervous to maintain stability.  Like in the past the talk of war, a big war, is being heard on the airways, in cafes and in the backrooms of power.  Like a giant runaway train these factors are moving our planet to possible total destruction.

   What will it take to change the course of this history in the making?  The solution is you, your friends and neighbors, and new friends from around the world dedicating ourselves to designing and creating a better world for everyone.

   First, we must understand what has happened to get us to this point in history. Second, we must project goals of what we want for the future.  Third, we must create visions and solutions to achieve these goals. And fourth, we must work together to build the future we want.

   There will be many interpretations of what has developed in economics and governments to get us to this point in our history.  You are encouraged to consider all interpretations. 

    There are many scenarios of why nations go to war and why terrorism rises.  You would be wise to understand the causes of war and terrorism; but the obvious is that war and terror are cyclical, just as economics is cyclical, so is the pendulum of politics and religion.  If history has been an experiment in change that leads to our own destruction then it is time to project a future that is not cyclical but balanced and just for everyone. 

   We must ask difficult questions. “Whose planet is this? Is it ours to destroy? Whose future is at stake?  Do we have the right to want something better for everyone? What can we do?  How much time do we have to move in new directions?   Can we change the direction of a runaway giant train?  How can we work together?  How can I be involved?

THE PEACE HIGHWAY CHALLENGE

     The Peach Highway Design Challenge is being offered as a structure to answer the above questions.  There may be many other alternative solutions but since none are being brought forward except to return to the cyclical patterns of the past or a path that could lead to the destruction of our planet you are asked to become involved in this challenge and the creation of a better future.
 
 

ASSUMPTIONS: How we deal with the present is largely influenced by our perspectives or assumptions related to social, economic, political and religious views.  We may never all agree on everything but to move forward to a better future we may all be asked to look at our world in new perspectives and to accept the following assumptions:   

  1. While there may be many to blame for the present financial problems the bottom line is that we are all responsible.  We must all accept responsibility.  What has happened is not fate or predestination, the playing out of good and evil, or the will of a god or gods. We all must be willing to be more knowledgeable and more involved in our present world.  We must all be willing to be part of the solution rather than a part of the problems.  We are all equally responsible for the future.
  2. While many will want you to think that greed was the main reason for the present financial melt down the truth is that it is much more complicated.  To project a way of understanding it might be useful to suggest that historically humans on this planet have been going through many rapidly changing circumstances to their social, political, economic and religious environments.  Thousands of years ago most humans dealt with some form of royalty and absolute authority over their lives in the form of Kings, Pharaohs, and their religious Gods.  This was the way of life up until a few hundred years ago.  For the last three hundred years humans on earth have been experiencing an ever-changing experiment with how money, power, authority and religion interact with individual lives.  The bottom line however, has been that up until now we have seen one form or another of zero sum assumptions where some gain or win while others must lose so that things come out zero in the end.    We have winners and losers. It is the rise and fall of winners and losers that is producing the cyclical nature of our present history.
  3. To move to a future that is better for all on earth we must move to non zero sum assumptions where there are not winners and losers but where we design and plan for everyone to be winners equally or as equal as possible.  Things will not get out of the cyclical patterns unless we are willing to shift dramatically how we view the assumption that everyone on earth should have the right to be equal.  We are all equal.  This needs to mean that everyone on earth has the right to food, water, housing, education, health care, safe communities and nations, and an equal voice in their governance.
  4. We must respect the differences we have around our globe in languages, customs, cultures, religion, politics, economics and geographic boundaries.  We must support diversity but at the same time in an environment of cooperation.  We must recognize that the concepts of democracy, capitalism, communism, socialism, Marxism, fascism, and totalitarianism are all steps in the experiment of human evolution on our planet.  We must move beyond these concepts to evolve to a nonzero sum level of existence that is something new and involves all people on this planet.  We must set the standard of human existence higher for all people, which we might call “earthism”.
  5. While growth and change are inevitable to any human environment we must move to a concept of balance within a moving equilibrium.  We must accept the challenge of moving billions of humans, all species and our ecological environments to a plateau of equilibrium, and then step by step improve these environments for all.  Everything we are used to now may have to change to improve the future. Our challenge is to take the best of the best for everyone and move these options forward for everyone.
  6. Inspire of what governments have told their public’s reality is that we have gone to war to increase economic activity in bad times and make profits for special interest companies.  It certainly appears that these special interests find it to their best interest to keep nations in conflict and in some cases actually cause the conflicts and subsequent wars.  There will never be a chance at long-term peace unless these “war companies and special interests” have the option to make more profits from peaceful and cooperative enterprises.
  7. Somewhere in the last hundred years people have come to expect governments to solve all problems, educate all people, provide job opportunities, retirement and health care, build all cities and regulate all enterprises.  The reality is that governments are not usually good at doing any of these, and they never are cost effective, just or without internal corruption.  A better future is much more likely to come from private enterprise, private solutions, private communities, private investments, and individuals around our planet willing to cooperate and work together to find and develop solutions to benefit everyone.
  8. At times it appears that the international community has become so diverse that there never can be an overall consensus of what we all might want the future to be like and therefore there will always be conflict at various levels up to an including war and terrorism.  We do not believe this is inevitable and that in fact while there may be millions of ways that individuals can choose to be different we all can choose to cooperate and get along without wars or terrorism, providing we can find alternative paths for the two leading causes of war and terrorism.  (1) As long as there are companies and special interests making profits from international conflict they will continue; so a large scale international project must be developed to offer these companies and special interests a peaceful enterprise to make equal or more profits. (2) Because war and terrorism creates its own cycle of revenge and hate the option of war and terror are learned and relearned within our cultures; so it is imperative to create a worldwide project to bring all people together with its challenge and hope of a long term peace where people can learn to cooperate and expect a peaceful planet for the future.
  9. What is needed is an international platform to allow any interested and concerned student or adult, as individuals or in teams, to be involved in designing the future, as they would like it to be and then share these scenarios with everyone else within the basic agreements of the above assumptions.  To this end the Peace Highway Challenge is offered.
 
 
PLEASE ACCEPT THIS CHALLENGE AS YOUR INVOLVEMENT MAY HELP CHANGE THE COURSE OF HISTORY.
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