The highest human aspiration, the worthiest
goal to reach in this world, is undoubtedly World Peace.
World Peace isn't just a dream, nor will it come around just
like that, on velvet paws - nor
will it be presented to humanity on a silver platter. Peace has to be achieved,
through hard work, systematically and continuously, with a clear
end result in mind.
And we have to remember: What we really want is a Paradise on
Earth, the very best world we could possibly imagine. Without
Global Peace, there can be no Paradise on Earth.
And we also have to bear in mind: there is no Peace without
Justice. Justice is a prerequisite for Peace. If anywhere in
this world there is a lack of justice, there can be no Universal
Justice goes two ways: on the one hand (most people would say
it's the obvious way), we're talking about justice for
humans - justice between
people, between groups of people, between nations, between men
and women, and so on.
On the other hand (and, unfortunately, too many people would
even refuse to acknowledge that there is such a second way),
we're talking about justice for nature, for animals and plants,
for our water, our atmosphere.
In the case of justice for humans, we've certainly gone quite a
distance already, what with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
(which virtually every nation in the world has signed but
continues to disrespect in many ways), and the elaborate set of
rules in our legal systems. In the case of justice
for nature, however, no such Universal Declaration has ever been
suggested - and, on a worldwide scale, only minimal efforts are
being made to protect nature and to give nature its rightful
Thus, all these aspects have to be taken into consideration, and
a systematic approach has to be defined in order to achieve
Justice - to achieve Global Peace - to establish a Paradise on
Earth (which, incidentally, is just an extension of the state of
Global Peace, in a qualitative sense: to make life on earth ever
more agreeable, pleasant, comfortable).
What are the basics to understand and follow up on all this, on
the path towards Justice, Peace, and Paradise on Earth?
I think there are three basic preconditions that need to
be met and recognized:
First, we need to agree on a new set of
moral values we want to
use as a guideline. In the past, morality was defined as a set
of behaviours which guaranteed the survival of the established
order, the power of the "Three P's", as I call them, the
Potentates, the Priests and the Philosophers, which represent,
respectively, the demands of
body, soul and spirit. The new set of moral values has to be
directed, not towards the past, but towards the future, towards
what we want to achieve as defined by our wildest dreams, guided
by what I'd call the "Fourth P", Phantasy, which is not subject
to the needs of body, soul and spirit but is free from any
restraints, free to soar into the most distant spheres of aspired
dream worlds, like our Paradise on Earth.
The second most basic prerequisite for the expected success of
our endeavor is the principle of hope. We have to be one hundred
percent convinced that it's possible, correct and realistic to
achieve Global Peace - not in some distant future but now, in
our times, depending on the effort we're willing to put into
this effort. This hope must be rock-solid, unwavering,
ever-present, mutually reinforced by every individual the world
over. If there is no such hope, we might as well forget the whole
Thirdly and lastly, it is of paramount importance that we
recognize mutual respect as a fundamental ingredient of our project.
Peace is not a one-man show. It's not one group of people
against the rest of the world. It's a universal, all-human
enterprise. If some people, or some groups of people, are left
out, we'll never succeed. Mutual respect is needed in order to
take into consideration the needs and wishes of all people in
the world. Some might interpret this all-encompassing respect as
"love". We must "love" all the people in order to create Paradise on
Earth. For me, respect is enough. We don't need to love
everybody, but we need to respect everybody. Love is something
emotional, but we don't need emotions to establish Peace. Peace
is a matter-of-fact kind of project. "Respect" might be
translated into something like "care", a feeling of
responsibility towards somebody. Or, going one step further, we
might translate it into "compassion" (which comes very
close to the emotions of love): We feel compassion
towards the rest of the world, to all of humanity, the whole
nature, the whole of the universe.
Armed with the tools of morality, hope and respect, we're ready
to tackle the challenges facing us on the road to Peace and Justice
in this world.
What are these challenges on the road to Peace and Justice?
The challenges are two-fold:
On the one hand, there are untold stumbling blocks on the road
to peace, big ones, small ones, all sorts of stumbling blocks
that are standing in our way. They are the rotten remnants of
the old world, and they all have to
be identified, named, described, defined, one by one - and strategies have
to be developed how to remove them. ALL stumbling blocks have
to be overcome in order to reach the end of the road.
Once we reach the end of the road, with all stumbling blocks
removed, what's awaiting us? A huge plain of emptiness, of
It's obviously not enough to get rid of stumbling blocks on the
way to peace, but we also have to invent, define and realize
peace building blocks. In this sense, Peace
is like a palace: it's not enough to just clear the ground of all
undergrowth and obstacles, but you actually have to build
walls and roofs in order to finally inhabit a worthy place which you
might then call Paradise on Earth.