[gha] Re: The UN Decade of Interfaith Harmonious Education for 2014-2024 Proposal Comment by Ernesto Kahan

  • From: Takis Ioannides <takis.ioannides@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: gha@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 5 Mar 2013 15:47:14 +0200

Dearest all,

about the Harmony I would like to mention something I think important,
coming  from the Greek ancient literature.

Diotima, the woman teacher of Socrates, when he used the word harmony, she
accused him as an abusive. So if someone uses this word he is sacrilegious.
Harmony was sacred, holy for Greeks.

I think harmony is a holy target, that the present humanity is not yet
ready to reach it.
Nevertheless, we must continue our efforts to reach it somehow, all

About the harmonization of science and religion.

The Greek philosopher and scient Pythagoras, asked from his "internal
students", to burn all his books after hisdeath,
in order to prevent the humanity, in case his scientific discoveries and
achievements to get in evil persons hands.

In Greece, in the first half of previous century, a big number of
scientists where also involved in the matters
of religions and philosophy. In the presnt times only few are involved. I
spoke about with young scientists
and all told me that theri science was very exacting and they had no spare
time for other occupations.

Some years ago I published in Greec and abroad my statement that the
present criminals of humanity are those scientists
who offer theri holy science for much money and glory, to eveil poeple who
make the wars and all other agianist humanity actions.
Who builts the weapons, the tocixs, the dangerous foods et.c.? Or hwo is
able to built them al?
The scientists who owns the knowledge of their science.

My proposal is to educate properly the young student, the future scientists.
It;s difficult to make actions with the scientits now, as there are
countries whose scientists obey to religion orders, or
tyrranic military govs. so all other countries must build weapons to be

I think that the harmonic education must be started from the family, then
in schools, via TV, radio, magazines, interenet.

In my country, even if our our spiritual civilization is alive,while the
big efforts of "somebodies"...
to hide it from our new generation are too strong,  and in spite of the
atcions of some spiritual poeple,
DISARMONY applies...

I do agree with with the program with many hopes.

Takis Ioannides

2013/3/4 Prof. Ernesto Kahan <ekahan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

> **
> *Dear friends, Leo and all*
> **
> *I agree with Norm and Laj, that justice is important to achieve a
> harmonic civilization. The great question is what is first justice,
> tolerance or harmony? *
> *During years I have sustain that before this achievement it will be
> necessary  to make an universal agreement towards harmony, and for that a
> world wide campaign for tolerance will be the key issue. *
> **
> *The present  Interfaith Harmonious Education for 2014-2024 Proposal is
> important. However we should not forget the great power of people without
> any religion, like myself.*
> **
> *Another point is "harmonization of science and religion". I
> recognize that I do not understand if we are talking about
> "harmonization" of each part separately  - What is harmonization of
> science? Maybe, what may pretend to say is the creation of a constructive
> dialogue among them towards an harmonic world.*
> **
> *Made these observations I agree with the program.*
> *Ernesto Kahan*
> Prof. Emeritus Dr. Ernesto Kahan MD University Professor - Poet – Physician
> ****
> Tel Aviv University, Israel. ****
> 1st Vice President & Secretary General- World Academy of Arts and Culture
> USA****
> Former Vice President of IPPNW (Association awarded the Nobel Peace Prize)
> and the actual president of the Israeli Branch****
> Honorary President co Founder United Nations of Letters****
> Honorary President of SIPEA – International Society of Poets Writers and
> Artists****
> Vice President Intl Forum for Literature and Culture of Peace (IFLAC)****
> Co-President -UHE- International Union of Hispano-American Writers****
> Former 1st Vice President. Global Harmony Association (GHA). GHA World
> Harmony Creator****
>  *From:* Laj Utreja <lutreja7@xxxxxxxxx>
> *Sent:* Monday, March 04, 2013 4:25 AM
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> *Subject:* [gha] Re: The UN Decade of Interfaith Harmonious Education for
> 2014-2024 Proposal
> Dear All:
> I concur with Norm in stating that it is impossible to achieve harmony
> without justice, whether caused by economics, politics or faith. Two of
> the most important factors that compromise our ability to properly and
> correctly address the issues that we face are the man-made divisions of the
> powerful and the powerless and the economics of global trade. However,
> unjustified wars, disproportionate wealth-gaps, inequitable access to food,
> healthcare, education, opportunity and fair governance remain related
> factors. These factors contribute to differences that cause conflicts. The
> differences that really cause conflict are the resulting human suffering
> and injustice. That's where harmony is important.
> Love and regards,
> Laj Utreja
> On Sun, Mar 3, 2013 at 4:26 PM, Norman Kurland <thirdway@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>  I say this reluctantly, but I fail to see any mention of Justice as an
>> essential condition for achieving Peace, Harmony or Love.  I totally agree
>> with Pope Paul VI that "If you want Peace, work for Justice."  For
>> definition of such terms as "Justice," "Social Justice," or Economic
>> Justice" see the Just Third Way Glossary at *
>> http://www.cesj.org/definitions/glossary.html*.  For a vision that would
>> deliver Peace, Prosperity and Freedom through Justice for all, see *
>> http://www.cesj.org/thirdway/paradigmpapers/jtw-greengrowth.pdf*.
>> While the UN, the US, the Eurozone countries countries and all other
>> nation states are failing to address the injustices of the global economy,
>> the good people now associated with GHA can succeed in leading the way to a
>> solution by reflecting on the message delivered in 1987 by President Ronald
>> Reagan at *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06vP84SqnS4*.  And to
>> strengthen the bonds of the GHA in its educational outreach to interfaith
>> leaders and scholars in all cultures, we should all seriously consider the
>> wisdom of other global moral leaders in the attached set of quotes.
>> In Justice,
>> Norm
>> --
>> Norman G. Kurland, J.D.
>> President
>> Center for Economic and Social Justice (CESJ)
>> P.O. Box 40711, Washington, DC 20016
>> (O) 703-243-5155, (F) 703-243-5935
>> (E) thirdway@xxxxxxxx
>> (Web) http://www.cesj.org
>> "Own or be owned."
>> On 3/3/13 6:06 PM, maytham.alsalman@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
>> Dear Interfaith friends and partners
>> I am fully supportive of the idea hoping it matures into an initiative
>> Love and respect to all
>> Sheikh Maytham Al Salman
>> Bahrain Interfaith
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> On Mar 4, 2013, at 12:23 AM, María Cristina Azcona <mcrisazcona@xxxxxxxxx>
>> wrote:
>> I  strongly agree with the proposal and the document
>> Maria C Azcona
>> 2013/3/2 Leo Semashko <leo.semashko@xxxxxxxxx>
>>> Dear GHA members, interfaith friends,
>>> An excellent idea matured within the GHA: the idea UN Decade of
>>> Interfaith Harmonious Education for 2014-2024, which requires a logical and
>>> organizational completion.
>>> *The first and most important*. Implementation of this idea will
>>> significantly enhance the harmonizing social mission of States, the UN
>>> members, and religions and their churches in the life of society through
>>> the development of global harmonious interfaith education. The issue of
>>> enhancing the social role of the state and religion through harmonious
>>> education is very important for both of them in our time of burgeoning
>>> social and religious conflicts in the world. The harmonizing social mission
>>> of state and religion is very relevant and for the population, which faces
>>> growing global challenges demanding from them adequate responses in a
>>> non-violent way of global harmonious interfaith education, rather than on a
>>> way of global militarization and violent solutions.
>>> *Second*. The need for global interfaith harmonious education has
>>> reached a new level to meet the challenges of globalization in the 21st
>>> century. The existing system of national, common and elite education does
>>> not respond to the global challenges of our time and fails to prepare the
>>> young generations for non-violent harmonious solutions to any social
>>> problems. This is a key flaw of modern education that can be overcome only
>>> in harmonization as in interfaith perspective, and through harmonization of
>>> science and religion.
>>> These two key global motives determine the relevance and necessity of
>>> the UN Decade of Interfaith Harmonious Education for the years 2014-2024,
>>> which will give a good start and order for the most favorable global trends
>>> of spiritual and educational nature. The common good of this UN Decade is
>>> so obvious that it requires no special logical proofs.
>>> Organizing to complete this idea may proceed from its initiation within
>>> the UN by any organizations involved in the UN one way or another. This can
>>> be the Interfaith Coalition of Partnership with the UN, or the head of any
>>> state who can offer this idea in the UN General Session. Obviously, the
>>> most logical initiator of this idea may be Jordan's King Abdullah II as the
>>> initiator of the World Interfaith Harmony Week in the UN, 2010. In this
>>> regard, we propose to add the GHA offers to Jordan's King in the GHA
>>> Project of Interfaith Harmony as a new, ninth point with the following
>>> content:
>>> *Initiate in the UN, as a development of initiative 2010, a proposal of
>>> the UN Decade of Interfaith Harmonious Education for 2014-2024, which will
>>> strengthen a harmonizing mission of state and religion in global society in
>>> a non-violent peacemaking way of qualitative renewal of the education
>>> system in the world, especially in the direction of interfaith harmony
>>> instead of militarization**.
>>> **We offer within three days, until March 5, inclusively, to discuss
>>> this proposal and include it in the GHA Interfaith Harmony Project, in
>>> section 9*: *www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=541*.
>>> We understand that the common benefit of this proposal is so obvious
>>> that it requires no special discussion. There may be a difference only in
>>> the formulations of this proposal. Therefore, in this case, we will take
>>> your silence as a sign of consent and approval of this proposal and welcome
>>> all of its amendments to improve it. Thank you for supporting this
>>> proposal.
>>> Best harmony wishes,
>>> Dr. Leo Semashko, GHA President
>>> Dr. Bruce Cook, GHA-USA President
>>> *www.peacefromharmony.org
>>> *02/03/13
>> --
>> *María Cristina Azcona*
>> *@macazcona*
>> *
>> *

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