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PEACE CULTURAL CHALLENGE PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 May 2009 14:17

    (The following challenge scenario is offered to students and adults around our planet willing to take the time to develop alternative future cultural solutions that they believe will help create a better future for all people, and our environment.  This scenario is intended to inspire reactions, investigation and creativity to bring together new ideas and scenarios to start a process of consensus building.)

ASSUMPTIONS

    As a planet it is fairly obvious that we are going in some wrong directions related to our societies and cultures maturing or evolving into a planet of peace.   Over forty countries were involved in hostilities causing death to people in 2008.  The acts of war and terrorism have caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people each year and the displacement of millions of refugees.  Why in the 21st century do we still have war and the miseries of terror and aggression around our planet?  Do we want a culture of war on this planet?

  1. There are politicians that would want us to believe that there is evil and acts of evil as though there were some outside secret force compelling individuals, groups and nations to do terrible things to innocent people.  We do not assume that there is an independent secret evil at work creating wars and terror but mankind must take responsibility for what is happening and what we are doing to each other.
  2. There are religious leaders that would want us to believe that some god or higher authority has a secret purpose and plan behind war and terror today.  We do not assume that any god or secret power is at work creating wars and terror but mankind must take responsibility for what is happening and what we are doing to each other.
  3. There are naturalists and evolutionists that want us to believe that the course of history is determined by the nature of man and because mankind is basically greedy and competitive that there will always be contests of war and terror to determine winners and losers.   Some of these thinkers and politicians even believe that might makes right and that only the strong will prevail and survive.    We do not assume that there is any natural evolution of our history at work creating wars and terror but mankind must take responsibility for what is happening and what we are doing to each other.  We have the ability to change the course of history for all mankind if we take responsibility for our future.
  4. There are political, religious and corporate leaders who believe that those with the most coins deserve to have the most power and those with the most power can do whatever they want.  There is an obvious division around our planet between those that have and those that do not have and our present history is moving in the direction that the wealthy are getting wealthier and the poor are getting poorer. We assume that all people are created equal, that all people should have the right to share the wealth, natural resources and political authority if they are willing to be responsible.  We believe that the widening gap between the rich and powerful and the multitudes that have neither is the breeding ground for increasing tensions in nations and between nations that can lead to global wars.  We must as a planet decide to balance wealth and power to every citizen on our planet.
  5. Those with the greatest wealth and power have the most opportunity to receive the highest quality educations and the most opportunities to secure the highest paid salaries and benefits; and to get elected to government offices.   Many of these elite believe that they are smarter than the rest of humanity and that what is good for them is good for everyone, so they now have a dominance of influence in most national and regional governments to get what they want.  Governments, laws and wars have become profit centers for many of these global elite.  We do not assume that the wealthy or powerful of today have the best interests of the masses of humanity or our environment on this planet.  We assume that the populist is responsible for exactly what is happening.  We are getting exactly what we deserve in government, economics and society.  If we are not willing to get more knowledgeable and more involved in the world then we will get more wars and imbalance on our planet.  We believe that humanity can move forward to a moving equilibrium of global peace and prosperity if we will only take responsibility for making our future happen in these directions.
  6. While our planet has grown more interconnected with communication and transportation technology there are economic, political and religious influences that continue to want nationalism, protectionism and elitism.   The Biblical story of the Tower of Babel is seen by some today to justify the separation of people by race, age, sex, wealth and power.   Over 400 religious entities all preach that they are the one and only true religion.  Five nations control the United Nations with their veto power.  Twenty countries account for over 80% of the planet’s economic activity.  Less than two percent of the world’s population control more than half of the wealth and assets of the planet.  The top twenty percent of the wealthiest control over 80 percent of the planets wealth and assets.  Twenty companies control 80% of the world’s communications, another twenty control 80% of the world’s agriculture, another twenty control transportation.  The consolidation of wealth around our planet is giving more and more power to fewer and fewer individuals and companies.  The concept of globalization for these elite is for them to continue to control the planets wealth and power by any means necessary.  They believe in the right of the elite to control the masses even if it takes deceit, manipulation and corruption to do so.  We do not believe that these elite have shown enough concern for the masses of earth and are willing to make money anyway possible at anyone’s expense.  We believe that the elite have been behind most wars and terrorism in recent history and that they will do what they can to create the next global war if it means they can become more wealthy and powerful. We believe that all people should have the right to participate in the earth’s resources, economics and governments.  We believe that people are more alike than different.  We believe that differences in society, language, art, music, literature, fashions and individual expression are good characteristics of a healthy vibrant international culture but at the same time we need to be able to work, play, communicate and experience life as cooperative partners here on the same planet.  We believe the future needs to be more in balance for everyone on our planet and to create new futures we all need to be involved in a bottom up globalization rather than the top down form we have today.

PEACE CULTURE SCENARIO

    We believe the following characteristics will bring a more positive international culture for planet earth.

  1. We need to be able to communicate with each other so we recommend that schools promote the learning if multiple languages in different nations and regions but that English be taught to everyone within the Peace Highway and Peace City system.
  2. >We need to use the metric system within the Peace Highway and Peace City system for standard measurements.
  3. We need to use a common coinage or monetary system within the Peace Highway and Peace City system.
  4. The Peace Highway and Peace Cites need to use an earth calendar that has thirty days in each month and divided into six equal weeks of five days each with employees expected to work twenty days a month in five day six hour shifts. December will have five or six extra days at the end of each year.  Time will be the same world wide starting with Greenwich times in twenty-four hour increments and sixty minutes per hour.
  5. We need to encourage a wide diversity of culture and personal creativity but within known behavioral expectations within individual communities.  Behavioral covenants need to be from consensus within individual communities and must be acknowledged and accepted by new members of any community.
  6. The design and functioning of new communities in the Peace system need to be from consensus building of the first members and renewed on a regular basis.
  7. All Peace cities need to have a Bill of Individual Rights and equal opportunities to participate in the governance of each community on a one-vote, one member basis.
  8. The Peace Highway and all Peace Cities will be owned by their members on a one- vote, one-share basis with no outsider voting rights.  All stockholders and members will be expected to participate in elections, voting preferences and being knowledgeable on issues.
  9. Individual Peace Cities may elect to specialize in areas such as higher education, medical centers, research centers, financial centers, government centers, recycling centers, recreation centers, retirement centers, art centers, or manufacturing centers.  Peace Cities may elect to have one or more specialized areas within their city limits in comprehensive planned integrated zones.  Specializations may create social environments that are unique and Peace Cities should be encouraged to build by consensus behavioral covenants for their city that are open to alternative life styles, fashions, environmental design, housing patterns, forms of recreation, methods of communication, mutual support, expressing of faith and spiritual needs.  No two Peace Cities may be alike but at the same time they should have some commonalities that connect them all as a global community.
  10. Membership to a Peace City may become vested with one voting share of community stock after some agreed upon waiting period such as three years.  Once a voting member of any Peace City each member should be treated equally.  Individual differences in income and wealth may relate to occupation or inherited wealth so Peace Cities are not seen as having everyone earn or be financial worth the exact same amount, but Peace Cities may have covenants that limit members to a range of housing patterns and designs.  Peace Cities may agree on a basic pattern of housing design for example. 
  11. Peace Cities may agree to behavioral covenants within their cities that would provide for a process of removing a member from living and working in that city if certain covenants were broken.  One such covenant in these private communities may be that prospective new members may have to apply and be hired in a job to be admitted, or have a source of outside income, such as social security.  Another covenant may require prospective new members and their families to apply and be accepted as a social member who will benefit the entire community.  These communities should not discriminate against new members on the basis of race, sex, creed, faith, or age.
  12. Peace Cities should hold as a high priority that they be designed friendly.  There are many ways to help a community be friendly from having social services to support individuals and families in times of need to having special facilities to support mutual activities and the crossing of paths.  Living in a community and neighborhood where people know each other, care for each other and help each other provides for a higher level of security and safety as well as an overall feeling of belonging and comfort.
  13. Peace Cities may have life long members and they need to plan for the changing of age groups and supportive systems.  At the same time members of one Peace City should be able to apply and transfer to other Peace Cities when there are vacancies in jobs or housing units.  A unique life style may develop where individuals and families deliberately move periodically to experience new regions and cultures within different Peace Cities.  Students should be encouraged to study in a number of different cities and regions to gain beneficial experiences.  Once a member of any Peace City individuals should feel comfortable traveling on the Peace Highway to any other Peace City for medical, educational, recreational needs or just to go to special shops and malls.  Members of a Peace City should feel a sense of having a connected spirit as well as feeling connected to the people of other Peace Cities around the world.   Members in good standing should have the right to travel, visit or apply to move to any other Peace City along the Peace Highway.
 

    Your submission may use any of the above ideas and concepts or you can go in any direction you recommend.  You can deal in detail specific recommendations or you can chose to provide a more comprehensive overview of your recommendations for developing Peace Cultures within Peace Cities.  Your submission could deal with any of the following cultural issues:

    Fashion

    Child Rearing

    Interior Home Design

    Exterior Home Design

    Recreation

    Education

    Social Services

    Religion

    Aging

    Communications

    Media

    Entertainment

    Arts

    Friendly Design

    Environmental Psychology

    Living with less money

    Social Covenants

    Complaint Courts

    Crossing of Paths 

    Your submission can include written scenarios, designs, photographs of models and short videos.  All submissions need to be emailed, with attachments to the below address no later then December 31, 2009.  Submissions of merit will be posted on this site.  By submitting all entries are agreeing to allow their material to be shared with the world on this site. All entries will be judged by a panel of reviewers and awarded Peace Points.  These points may be accumulated, auctioned or redeemed. (See REWARD EXCHANGE BOARD) 

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