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

  • From: María Cristina Azcona <mcrisazcona@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: gha <gha@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2014 12:01:39 -0300

Dear Takis

I congrat you on this inforcement of my opinion

Please feel free to have and read my book at Lulu


*María Cristina Azcona*

*María Cristina Azcona*

2014-06-12 11:51 GMT-03:00 Takis Ioannides <takis.ioannides@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>:

> I also agree fully with this statement.
> Every opinion must be acceptable, and placed under common dialogue , based
> on democracy rules, if we want to meet the harmony and the peace.
> With harmonious wishes peace and love
> Στις Τετάρτη, 11 Ιουνίου 2014, ο χρήστης Bruce Cook, AuthorMe.com <
> cookcomm@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> έγραψε:
>> 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.
>> Author, *Harmony of Nations: 1943 – 2020*, Just Fiction Editions, 2012
>> 1407 Getzelman Drive
>> Elgin, IL 60123 USA
>> 312-859-8090
>> cookcomm@xxxxxxxxx
>> www.harmonyofnations.com
>> http://author-me.com
>> http://www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=544

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