AND THE SPIRITUAL LIFE
Wehold these truths to be self-evident: that all people are created
equal,that they are endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights,
and that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Thomas Jefferson, Science and Spirituality,
Young people are capable, when aroused, of bringing down the
towersof oppression and raising the banners of freedom.
Nelson Mandela, Science and Spirituality,
The recent actions in Tunisia , Egypt , Bahrain , Libya , and other
countries, as well as in Wisconsin and Ohio in this country, show the
powerful time of change in which we are now living. There
was a time when freedom and democracy were most thought of as being
the possession of the United States of America alone. Since
then it spread to most of Europe , and now it is becoming necessary
for the health and well-being of increasing numbers of countries
throughout the world. What was thought of as being far
away for the more authoritarian countries is now being realized as
the rightful possession of all peoples and all nations.
Now is therefore a time of revolution in these parts of the
world. Revolution simply means a rapid time of change,
culminating from a long and usually painful time of evolution to
something better but not fully possible previously. Now,
all of a sudden, that period of incubation has exploded into reality,
or at least potential reality. This time of change is
fraught with uncertainty and temporary unsettledness. Will
things improve, or will they get worse? What we are told
is that people generally will not return to what they no longer want
and have fought so long to transcend. Something much
better is likely to emerge, but it will take time and patience, as
well as perseverance.
Revolutions often seem to be negative. Something that was oppressive
is being rejected, and the result can leave some people feeling
hopeless and full of anxiety. On the other hand, the
positive side is that something much better is likely to happen once
the door has been opened. The rapid development of the USA
is a major case in point. The role of faith is very
important here. Our faith is what can keep us pursuing our
dreams and helping to make life better.
Our spirituality is what gives us the sense of the ultimate nature of
life and keeps us looking up and trusting that life does have
meaning. At the same time, our ethics are what help us to
relate to other people, to other forms of life, and to the world as a
whole. Even if we do not consciously have an awareness of
God (called by any name or no name), we still need to live by ethical
principles. Everyone needs to keep to a high ethical
standard in order for society to function well. The Golden
Rule can help us in that direction: TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WOULD OTHERS
TREAT YOU. Others today applies to all forms of life and
to all aspects of life.
The world has reached a crossroads. We are at a very crucial
time for practicing our ethics in relation to our own life, to our
neighbors near and far, to ridding the world of nuclear weapons, to
resolving our challenges of global climate change, and the like. It
is time for all of us to step to our responsibilities and be the
courageous and informed person we can be. The price of
freedom is eternal vigilance!
3-1-2011 L. Stewart, "4th N 10" annual www.worldpeaceflag.org winner
A PEACEFUL REVOLUTION
A revolution (from
the Latin revolutio,
"a turn around") is a fundamental change in
power or organizational structures that takes place in a relatively
short period of time. Its use to refer to political change dates from
by Copernicus' famous De
Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium Aristotle described
two types of political revolution:
Complete change from one constitution to another
Modification of an existing constitution.
Revolutions have occurred through human
history and vary widely in terms of methods, duration, and motivating ideology.
Their results include major changes in culture, economy,
and socio-political institutions.
Scholarly debates about what does and does not constitute a revolution center
around several issues. Early studies of revolutions primarily
analyzed events in European history from
a psychological perspective,but more modern examinations include global events and incorporate
perspectives from several social sciences,
including sociology and political
science. Several generations of scholarly thought on revolutions have
generated many competing theories and contributed much to the current
understanding of this complex phenomenon.