Nancy's editorial. In his invitation to participate in the High-Level Forum on the Culture of Peace, UN General Assembly President Vuk Jeremić honored the work of Kosmos by saying: “Taking into consideration your extensive work and experience in a variety of fields, including the efforts towards shaping a new civilization for the common good… I believe that the membership of the General Assembly would benefit significantly from your deep commitment to the issue of the culture of peace.”
I started law school in 1987. I was 29 years old and married with a blended family of seven kids at home. We were politically and socially active, making a difference in our community. My husband was sometimes arrested for civil disobedience and it seemed that there was always a family law issue.
"I dreamed that I was standing next to a young tree. It was the Tree of Life. One branche was dead. The tree was dying from the changing climate. I was charged with keeping it alive for future generations."
Restorative justice is nothing new--global indigenous peoples and those in peripheral societies have practiced it for ages. It is critical to understand the essence of restorative justice as an opportunity for all involved, not as a forced system or means to an end.
Setting the Stage In January of 2007, Richard and I went on a wonderful vacation to Vilcabamba, Ecuador, famous as the Valley of Longevity. Shortly before returning to the US, purely out of curiosity, we went to see a farm that was for sale: ‘semi-abandoned, overgrown with weeds, in a pretty location on a river.’ […]
A new story is emerging. Humanity is the storyteller. The story line is ancient and the global community is right on time as it wakes up. The global community is appalled by many of its own creations and strives to take responsibility for creating a Culture of Peace.
“The world we live in is a whole and so, of course, are we—individually and collectively. So are every environment and situation we face. When we act as if we and they are separate from each other, wholeness creates ‘side effects’ that can be undesirable and ultimately catastrophic. On the other hand, when our exercise of power is in harmony with the reality of wholeness, wholeness evolves in harmony with us, including and supporting us. This conscious participation in co-created power of, by, and for the whole—this wholesome power—is key to creating the kind of lives and societies that are an ongoing delight to belong in.”
Does the concept of a living planet uplift and inspire you, or is it a disturbing example of woo-woo nonsense that distracts us from practical, science-based policies? The scientifically-oriented nuts-and-bolts environmental or social activist will roll her eyes upon hearing phrases like “The planet is a living being.” From there it is a short step […]
People often call for ‘changing the system’ and seek to reform the ‘free market’ approach that turns everything, including life itself, into a commodity. But it is impossible to alter our prevailing ‘operating system’ for economics, politics and culture if the underlying ‘bios’—our unexamined, foundational view of reality—remains the same. This is our biggest problem: […]
We shape our lives according to the way we view the world. Our perception and understanding of that world governs the decisions we make and the underlying motivations. People's outlook on the world has for centuries been dominated by the general view of the Universe as it is given by the science of physics. Following this perspective, the Universe is, in essence, lifeless. According to that view, life--if it emerges--is wholly dependent on the basic laws of physics. However, the behavior of living organisms as a rule deviates from physical laws--independent of the environment. In other words, life can overrule physics.