Peace, Love and Harmony
Seek the truth and the truth will set you free. Peace is the way. Love is the answer. Harmony is the result.
The purpose of education, whether religious or secular, is to help a person function effectively in society. War is not effective either for the individual or society.
All true religions teach peace. The Golden Rule is a peaceful principle because it produces equity. We should share our wealth with our brothers and sisters because we are all part of the same human family. All teachings which divide us are false and all prophets who preach such division are false prophets.
True education empowers us to live in peace by teaching us the truth about life and liberty, personhood and society, materiality and spirituality as a single evolutionary dance.
Where there is no progress there is death. Religion is dead; it has stopped progress. It produces division, dominance and death. It is clear that religion is killing us because it is focused on division and dominance. Why should you choose one religion over another? It is a recipe for division, dominance and death. The first casuality of religion is evolutionary progress.
Islam teaches that its followers should pray towards Mecca five times a day and once in their lifetime take a journey to visit Mecca. This is making one place on the planet more sacred than every other place. It makes the “then and there” more important than the “here and now.” This is a recipe for conflict and war.
Judaism teaches that Jews are God’s chosen people, thereby dividing humanity into two racial groups. It teaches that there is a place on the planet where Jews have a special right to be, dominant over all the rights of all other people. This is a recipe for war because it teaches superiority and dominance.
Christianity teaches dominance as well, in the sense that Christians believe they have the right to dominate others into submission, as has been repeatedly demonstrated throughout history. Christianity teaches moral and spiritual superiority and thereby justifies dominance. It teaches that the afterlife is more important than this life, that the “then and there” dominates the “here and now.” This is a recipe for war.
Islam, Judaism and Christianity are all recipes for war. The only true path to peace is the path of equity, which means we should accept full responsibility for the basic needs of all people on the planet. We should share. We should treat each other as brothers and sisters of the same human family, looking out for each other’s best interests and correcting each other when we have done wrong.
We should judge religions by the fruits they produce in reality. Islam, Judaism and Christianity produce division, dominance and war.
A Global Appeal for ‘No more violence!’
Deeply saddened by the suffering and deaths of thousands in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, we, people of many different backgrounds from around the world, join with millions of others to denounce these latest acts of terror against innocent civilians. We believe that military retaliation in response to this mass murder will only accelerate the cycle of fear, anger and violence.
We urge our political and religious leaders to heed our appeal for nonviolence. We will not be swayed by calls to support further violence. We will respond to cries for revenge with caring, calm and reason. Violent retaliation and war will only lead to greater losses of life. This, in turn, will only serve to breed more anger, hatred and terror.
Instead, we support the rule of international law. The perpetrators of these crimes, and all other crimes against humanity, crimes against peace and war crimes, should be brought to justice. No individual, group or government should have immunity from international law.
As we mourn for those whose lives were lost on September 11, 2001, we also mourn for all those around the world dying from the violence inflicted by terrorism, war or the lack of food, medicine, water and housing.
Pledge of Nonviolence Standing firmly together, we will embrace nonviolence to stop the cycle of violence from spiraling even further out of control. We join in solidarity with others around the world to build our common security through disarmament, dialogue and social justice — not through violent attacks and military might.
We pledge ourselves to support nonviolence as the way towards a peace with justice.
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me;
Let there be peace on earth,
The peace that was meant to be.
With God our Creator,
Children all are we.
Let us walk with each other
In perfect harmony.
Let peace begin with me,
Let this be the moment now
With every step I take,
Let this be my joyous vow:
To take each moment
And live each moment
In peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.
DECLARATION OF HUMAN UNITY
Whereas, the very existence of all human beings is substantially at risk, many of our institutions are impaired, and the possibilities of human life are unfulfilled, and
Whereas, our action together universally as human beings for our common survival and fulfillment is becoming a clear necessity, and
Whereas, effective means of communication are now available to unite all human beings and therefore to maximize the prospects of all human beings for a secure and full life,
We hereby declare our unity as human beings
beyond all our differences.
We invite all people throughout the world to act together as human beings and support of our shared priorities from survival to fulfillment. It is our lives as human beings which we share in common beyond all our differences such as race, sex, religion, class, culture, and nationality. We affirm the simple fact of our humanness as the bedrock realtity of our lives and institutions. By bringing our common humanness to the foregound of our lives, we will be able to act together with all other human beings to meet our priority needs and shared aspirations.