Inauguration of the "Twelve Theses for a Non-Violent Earth"

As a signal for a growing planetary community for peace, the Tamera community inaugurated today, Thursday 23rd August 2012, the "12 Theses for a Non-Violent Earth" at the University Campus of Tamera. It contains the basic lines of global peace work which have been at the basis of the project's work for more than thirty years and which today serve an increasing number of students from around the world as orientation for their peace study in Tamera. We invite you to distribute these thoughts in your surroundings and networks:


 

Twelve Theses for a Non-Violent Earth

by Dieter Duhm

The violence that is committed worldwide against animals, children and people demands a new concept for human civilisation. Environmental crisis and inner crisis are two sides of the same overall problem, which can therefore only be understood and solved by taking an overall view. Tamera and the Global Campus have been working for many years in an international cooperation for the development of a human form of existence without fear and violence. The following twelve theses indicate the direction of this work. 


 

1. HOME FOR THE CHILDREN

In a non-violent world children grow up in confidence and trust. The future of humanity depends on the fate of its children. Provide a home to children where they can again trust their parents.

 

2. LOVE AND TRUST

Love is the source of humane thinking and non-violent action. Love comes from trust and trust comes from truth. Create living environments where human beings have no reason for lies and fear. 

 

3. SEXUALITY

Sexuality is an elementary force of life and of the joy of existence. It can neither be confined by marriage pledges nor by tight moral constrictions, instead it needs truth and trust. Create the moral and social conditions for free sexuality.

 

4. PARTNERSHIP

True partnership is the most radical model for a relationship between human beings that is free of violence and fear. Partnership and free love are not mutually exclusive, but they include each other. Create the mental basis for a partnership free of jealousy.

 

5. COMMUNITY

The non-violent society of human beings is a network of communitarian communities. Natural values like truth, trust, solidarity and responsible participation, can only be realized within communities that have developed organically. Create functioning communities.

 

6. FREEDOM AND AUTONOMY OF THE INDIVIDUAL

A free world comprises individuals who say what they think and share what touches them. They are not subordinate to anything but their own knowledge and consciousness. The mature community is a grassroots democracy of free individuals. The individual and the community are equal and complementary forces in a non-violent world.

 

7. THINKING

Free and creative thinking dissolves all rigid ideologies. The secrets of existence are beyond all scientific or religious terminology. Individual autonomy is a direct result of a thinking that is free of fear. Create universities for the powers of growth inherent in free thinking.

 

8. RELIGION

Just like Eros and the intellect, spirituality is one of the elemental powers of human existence. We live in an endless radiant universe. Everything we are and everything surrounding us has roots in the universe. Spiritual love is the connectedness with the whole. Create a free religious spirit without laws and without dogmas.

 

9. NATURE

The secret of human existence is part of the secret of nature. Whatever we do to nature we do to ourselves. Cooperation with all vital energies and respect for life are the prerequisites for a non-violent and humane civilisation.

 

10. ANIMALS

Stop all cruelty toward animals. Like us they are beings with souls. Create spaces for a co-existence of human beings and animals that is free of fear. Animals do not exist for us to slaughter but to help us to learn to see.

 

11. HEALING BIOTOPES

Create international centers where the social, technical, ecological and spiritual structures are such that the healing powers of life - trust, Eros, Logos and symbiosis - are promoted in the best possible way.

 

12. NETWORK OF HUMAN BEINGS

Today, within all countries and cultures on earth there are people who have understood the necessity of a positive inner and outer revolution. They all contribute certain thoughts, certain convictions, and certain aspects to the overall view of the tasks at hand. In that spirit we want to invite you to join the network for a non-violent earth.