Throughout history there have been turning
points when it has seemed to be the best
of times AND the worst of times. Many
before have felt that humanity is standing
at the threshold of a potential new beginning
that could either turn into something
amazingly wonderful, or profoundly horrible.
We are living in one of those times.
Evolution of Consciousness
have always been people who have dreamed
of a better world. Although we surely
have far to go, throughout history, much
has been done to make the world a better
place. While day-to-day newstories often
paint a picture of stagnation and even
hopelessness, from a Big Picture perspective,
we can see that there has been a slow
evolution of shifts in consciousness that
have been moving humanity towards a more
interconnected, egalitarian, peaceful,
just and sustainable coexistence. Although
individual opinions vary about the courses
of action to take, human consciousness
itself has been evolving so that a shared
global view of a more utopian world is
struggling to emerge.
Throughout every human era, there have
been visionaries who have sought to create
'paradigm shifts' - a shift in consciousness
that becomes the generally accepted worldview,
which is closer to the ideal of optimum
behaviors and conditions for a better
world. We can point to specific
milestones along the way that have helped
shape these shifts in consciousness. At
the same time, there have also been counter-forces
at work, seeking to undo 'advancements'
that have been made, in order to return
to the status quo. In fact when a system
has become ingrained as the pervading
paradigm, the default of inaction is often
a return to the status quo. It takes charismatic
visionaries to inspire action from the
shared efforts of a significantly sized
group of people who actively create and
promote new alternative patterns and institutions
to transform the pervading paradigm into
a new worldview.
Utopia to Peacetopia
In the 16th Century, Sir Thomas More described
an imaginary place called Utopia,
whose inhabitants lived in a much more
sustainable and egalitarian society than
those which existed in Europe at the time.
His vision inspired centuries of Utopian
literature in which writers shared
their visions of a better world. However,
Utopia literally means 'No place.'
Paxtopia, meaning 'Peace Place',
is a much more accurate description of
a vision of peace on earth. Peacetopia
would be an even more apt contemporary
Global Economy to a Global Community
In times like this, peace on earth may seem
like a naive fairy tale. In many ways, it
does appear that we're very far away from
creating a world at peace. But, in this
interconnected world we have the chance
to transform the global economy - the current
driving force of this paradigm - to become
a global community, united in a shared goal:
to create a more peaceful, just and sustainable
world, if we work together to make it a
priority, for ourselves and our societies.
At this crucial pivotal time, we need, more
than ever, to focus on the dream and wish
for peace on earth.
In order to create a Peacetopian World,
there must be a change in our culture, so
that working to create a more peaceful just
and sustainable world becomes a goal at
the center of our laws and institutions,
our work and our entertainment, and integrated
into every aspect of our daily lives.
'Peace On Earth'
Peace on earth will not come in a magical
moment, but a culture of peace is something
that we can strive together to create and
sustain, if we can convince the world to
make it a priority. But if we want peace
on earth, we can't wait until everyone wakes
up and realizes that a world that strove
to live in peace would be so much better
for everyone. A culture of peace must start
with us. We must strive to envision peace
on earth, and do whatever we can to make
this dream come true.
This website seeks to illustrate the reality
that many diverse movements have been working
to create a culture of peace throughout
human history. By highlighting some of the
many historical milestones that have brought
us to this potential threshold of a new
paradigm, we may be able to inspire new
sparks of insight and action that will foster
greater cooperation, unite the global movement
for a culture of peace, and guide humanity
closer to the utopian future we have the
potential to create.
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