[gha] Re: Regarding Glen Martin's Helpoful Comment for the new GHA Book

  • From: María Cristina Azcona <mcrisazcona@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: gha <gha@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:25:29 -0300

I strongly agree with all Bruce´s statements

*María Cristina Azcona*

*María Cristina Azcona*

2014-06-11 13:02 GMT-03:00 Bruce Cook, AuthorMe.com <cookcomm@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

> Dear GHA Members:
> I have felt deep disappointment to see our overall reaction to Glen
> Martin's very helpful comments on our new book. Many thanks to Maria
> Christina Azcona for her recent efforts to improve this.
> In my view, we must deliberately avoid personal attack and we must
> discipline ourselves to accept criticism in a positive way. (Believe me, I
> am too familiar with my own reactions to criticism, and I find have to
> constantly suppress my own "knee-jerk" reactions.)
> Thus, in the spirit of harmony and peace, and a personal appeal for all of
> us to improve  our new book, I ask that we shift the focus back to the
> original comments from Glen Martin, which I quote (in part)  below. Can
> we please try to consider these ideas as we develop our manuscripts?
> Thoughts from Glen for the new GHA book:
> In our book, we need to consider these comments from Glen Martin and take
> them seriously. He is helping us see new directions for peace studies.
> 1. ...the vast contributions to understanding the violent dynamics of our
> world made by Max Weber, Immanuel Wallerstein, Jürgen Habermas, and others.
> 2. ...the global ethics movement and the great amount of work done on
> defining global ethics on behalf of peace.
> 3. ...the theory and practice of nonviolence and the vast amount of work
> coming from the inspirations of Gandhi, King, Tolstoy, etc.
> 4. ...the worldwide movement for the study and practice of nonviolent
> communication led my Marshall Rosenberg and others.
> 5. ...the role of capitalism in the promotion of war, a literature
> spearheaded by Marx and continued by many others.
> 6. ...[the literature on] totalitarianism, its forms and roles in war and
> violence… [considering] the literature on that subject, led, for example,
> by Hannah Arendt.
> 7. ...the institutions and motivations usually associated with war and
> violence: multinational corporations, systems of exploitation,
> industrial-military complexes, militarized sovereign national security
> states, terror and counter-terror, undemocratic structures of governing,
> motives for imperialism, patterns of hate, fear, and ignorance, etc. –
> things that are most often taken as causes of war and impediments to be
> overcome through a process of both dialogue as well as structural changes.
> 8. ...the vast literature on human rights and human dignity and its
> contributions to creating peace and harmony.
> 9. ...the ethics of care and compassion and the literature around that
> theme.
> 10. ...the positive things that are usually associated with the
> establishing of peace: conflict resolution, authentic democratic modes of
> governing, economic conversion to peaceful goods and services, dialogue
> directed toward mutual understanding, nonviolence in theory and practice,
> nonviolent forms of communication, economic and social justice, truth and
> reconciliation processes, respect for human rights and human dignity, etc.
> 11. ...the ethical, structural, social, and psychological characteristics
> of a world peace system (as opposed to the present war-system)
> 12. ...how the four societal spheres can be effectively and properly
> differentiated or what value it would be to approach society this way.
> Each set of social information – humanitarian, instrumental
> (informational), organizational, and technical would seem to apply to all
> the spheres?...  Just collecting data is not going to create peace.  the
> ethical, structural, social, and psychological characteristics of a world
> peace system (as opposed to the present war-system)?
> Now that I have reiterated these important thoughts, please spare me the
> personal attacks we've had to endure. Isn't it obvious that, as a peace
> group, we need to be at peace with each other? The members of GHA represent
> an articulate "think tank" seeking harmony and peace. Let's learn to work
> with each other and continue to make a significant contribution to world
> peace.
> Yours in pursuit of harmony and peace,
> Bruce
> Bruce L. Cook, Ph.D.
> President, GHA-USA
> Vice-President, GHA
> Director of CSSS Publishing and Editorial team
> President, World Writers Resources, Inc.
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