[gha] Re: Some Thoughts after the VOA Interview

  • From: Hedva Bachrach <hedgad@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: gha@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 13 Sep 2013 10:37:54 +0300

On 11/09/2013 00:25, Bruce Cook wrote:

It was an honor to speak in behalf of peace workers in my recent interview with Voice of America. As I mentioned in the transcript sent out recently, the interview was very short and the journalist seemed to view peace as an unattainable utopia.

As a consequence, I was unable to cover some topics I had planned to cover. Then, upon publishing the transcript, I was saddened to hear from peace workers who felt slighted by the inadvertent omission.

In response to this situation, and in an effort to be more comprehensive, I would like to offer the following informal summary of peace activities I had prepared in advance of the interview. I would welcome any and all reactions, Just send comments to gha@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:gha@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> or to me (cookcomm@xxxxxxxxx <mailto:cookcomm@xxxxxxxxx>) for posting.

Thank you.

Bruce Cook


In planning for peace, let’s look at 1) _personal peace_, 2) _social justice/balance_, and 3) _leadership_. World peace might become most possible when these forces are in alignment.

*Personal Peace*

In the area of personal peace, there are crucial basic prerequisites. At present, there is a need for _harmony_ (see Global Harmony Association), _The_ _Golden Rule_ (Scarboro Missions in Toronto), and mutual respect among religious traditions (_Interspirituality_ – Kurt Johnson). While personal peace among all people in the world would surely produce world peace, this is an ideal solution – sufficient but not likely to occur without an improved social and political context.

Bob Crane has recently characterized this peace model as follows: “…addressing the need for transformation of individual people worldwide, which is necessary if institutions, such as the barriers to reducing the wealth gap by broadening access to capital ownership, are to be removed.” (E-mail to author, 9/9/2013)

*Social Justice/Balance*

At a higher level, various innovations might provide this context. Chief among them is the _Third Way_ principle for ownership advocated by Norm Kurland, which seems to provide the only systemic solution for motivating individuals to happily support their leaders. Here monopolies of ownership are diminished over time.

Bob Crane has recently characterized this peace model as follows: "…addressing the need for justice through institutional change, which is necessary if people of good will in the search for peace can make a real difference…. This is like the chicken and the egg, because both justice and peace are equally and simultaneously necessary and interdependent in order to actualize compassionate justice and thereby mount adequate responses to the challenges of civilizational dis-harmony. .” (E-mail to author, 9/9/2013)

Further, sociological theory suggests that peace may result from sustainable, inclusive and balanced growth of populations in specific roles. Leo Semashko’s seminal work on this subject, _The ABC of Harmony_, precisely delineates the current view leading to the GHA’s current proposal before G20 for Global Peace Science, which is based largely on his theoretical work.


As I mentioned in a recent interview on VOA, almost everyone in the world desires peace – it’s just a few world leaders who insist on waging war. (Recently Colin Powell visited Judson College in my town and suggested the real problem is the ego of those leaders.)

There is great need to structure a new method to achieve and enforce a solution by world leaders of the age. In this area please recognize the theoretical and practical efforts of Transcend International and its founder, Dr. Johan Galtung. His organization, since 1964, has done the difficult task of “grass roots” negotiations between nations in conflict with some success. (In this context, and the basis of village experience by Transcend's Rais Boneza, I have proposed a modest example for resolution by peace conference among world leaders in my novel, Harmony of Nations.)

Thinking of these areas, 1) _personal peace_, 2) _social justice/balance_, and 3) _leadership_, please consider whether you feel that world peace might become possible when these forces are in alignment.

Yours in harmony,

Bruce*  veru dear Dr. Cook,

*I am Hedva, and I wanted to say some things, although probably limited - as I didn't have the opportunity to read your books, as well as the new book - and many congratulations. From what I read from the GHA news, I'm totally for these ideas, I think that history shows us that ideologies, properly distributed among a lot of people, can sweep masses - in this instance - for wonderful ideas and behaviors.

However, let me ask you and the heads of peace ideologies, which I totally embrace - Im sorry I don't do more, because of medical problems in my family. My remarks are the following, and maybe they are futile, as I didn't read your books and don't know things in their totality.

Do you mention, or consider, the terrible obstacles in today's economy? the lack of employment, even in more technological advanced countries, and of course in developing countries, which bring to social unrest and violence?? Do you consider in your theory how to deal with these issues, because if you don't, even if your ideals - and I hope to God they do - pervail in human society, that would be only for a while, if one does not make plans to better the Socio economical structure

Do you consider the obstacle of terrible ambition to rule others , maybe an outcome of poverty and maybe not, of terror groups and dictators?? these are great impediments towards a peace striving world. These are today's danger.

These are only two examples of perils of today, but every leader - and you all are, wonderful thinkers of humanity - should pay attention and give much thought to these problems, as only an upper ideology might go to a dead-end. I really hope not.

Dr. Hedva Rabinson Bachrach


Bruce L. Cook, Ph.D.
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