Archive for April, 2012

An Appeal toJoin URI Cooperation Circle for

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

 

An Appeal toJoin URI Cooperation Circle for

Peace andNonviolence Education

 

Dear friends,

 

The world ispassing through the worst period of its history marked by not only increasing trendsof violence in our day-today interactions and attitudes towards others, in ourrelationship with other humans as well as with non-humans that include birds,animals, plants and small creatures and violence in our thoughts and emotions.Our self-centredness has increased to so great an extent that we now hardlythink of others who as a matter of fact have an equal right to share theearth’s resources and survive. All life forms on the planet, whether they aresmall or big, are interconnected, interdependent and are able to co-existthrough mutual assistance and cooperation. Unfortunately this thread that bindsall together is slowly dissipating. We find that our increasingself-centredness is causing disruption in our harmonious relationships. Ouractions are threatening our survival into the third millennium.

 

Today Gaia – theplanet earth, according to the eminent scientist James Lovelock, is criticallyill. It is our irresponsible behavior, our lust for wealth and our tendency tograb maximum material resources that is responsible for this despicable state. Inaddition the basic ethical values in today’s socio-political world order aredegenerating fast. Some of the problems that humanity faces today are :

  Extreme     poverty Non-sustainability Starvation Religious     intolerance giving rise to  violence     in the name of religion Economic     disparity and exploitation of the weaker sections Environmental     and ecological degradation – rapidly disappearing forests and rivers Deteriorating     global health Climate     change Proliferation     of nuclear arms and attempts by fanatics and terrorists to get nuclear     weapons Violence     towards children and the aged Complete     lack of a feeling of togetherness Narrow     nationalism

 

You will agreethat these problems are man-made and can be solved by man only. All the aboveproblems can be solved if we volunteer to take just one small vow ‘I willrefrain from unnecessary violence and will never attempt to kill an innocenthuman being’. Perhaps you know that UNESCO convened a conference of eminentscientists, socio-political thinkers, anthropologists and biologists in 1985 – theInternational Year of Peace to consider the widely prevalent belief that humanbrain is biologically so constructed and designed that it is bound to beviolent innately and there is no scope for its transformation. The elite of thescientific and political world debated this issue and issued a statement calledSeville Statement which rejects the theory that human brain is innatelyviolent. It says that the human mind that invented violence can invent peacetoo. The seeds of both violence and nonviolence lie in it. We need to exposethe human brain to a culture of peace and nonviolence if we want that the seedsof nonviolence which are lying dormant in human brain should be activated. Forthat peace and nonviolence education is imperative.

 

URI has alwaysbeen in the forefront to bring various religious groups together and share one another’svisions. It has played an important role in fostering ties of friendship andmutual respect among different faiths. URI is pledged to a culture of peace andnonviolence. When I put forward a proposal that a special URI CooperationCircle for Peace and Nonviolence Education be created, URI Leadership accededto my request as a result we have this CC for Peace and Nonviolence Educationnow. It will strive to deepen URI Members’ understanding of nonviolence andenhance their awareness of nonviolence so that we can create a nonkilling andharmonious society. Needless to say that charity begins at home. First of all everyonewho joins this CC should express his or her faith in a culture of peace andhealing power of nonviolence. Then he or she should pledge that he or she willtry to gradually reduce his / her needs, control his / her consumption ofmaterial resources, fix a limit to his / her wealth, curtail unnecessarytravelling, refrain from unnecessary violence and from killing at leastinnocent human beings. He or she will try to be vegetarian. I may add that itis not binding for a person who volunteers to sign up the membership form totake a vow that he will be vegetarian. Instead we only expect that he willgradually try to switch over to vegetarianism. For example a person who takes avow that he would not eat meat, eggs etc. on two days of a week or three days ofa week is also qualified to sign up.

 

If you areinclined to a lifestyle embedded in the above principles so that others canalso survive, kindly email your consent to be a member or supporter of thisextremely significant CC of URI.

 

As a contactperson I will send you periodical write ups by eminent persons reflecting onthe problems that we face today from a nonviolence perspective and suggesting theway we can combat them. Come and join the CC to save the planet from extinctionand save the life on it so that we may live. Come, live and let live. I amwriting this to invite you to endorse this CC and join it by sending thefollowing information about yourself :

Name (First Name) ___________________________________________

Surname  or last name __________________________________________

Title if any__________________________________________________

Male / Female _______________________________________________

Age _______________________________________________________

Complete Postal Address ______________________________________

House No.___________________________________________________

Street ______________________________________________________

City, State___________________________________________________

Country withPost Code _______________________________________

Email ID ___________________________________________________

Mobile No. ___________________________________________________

Fax if any ___________________________________________________

Do you pledge that you will gradually switch over to a restrained and disciplined life embedded in ethics ?  YES / NO ____________________

Do you enroll yourself as a member or supporter _____________________

 

I hope you willrespond positively and join this CC to create a global nonviolence network.

 

Looking forwardto hearing from you,

 

Yours sincerely,

Dr. S.L. Gandhi

Contact Person – URI CC for Peaceand

                            NonviolenceEducation

B-402, Nagar Residency, CalgaryRoad

Malviya Nagar, Jaipur – 302 017(Raj.) INDIA

Ph : +91-141-4030698 

(M) : +91-98280 16989

e-mail : slgandhi@hotmail.com

The University Museum at Texas Southern

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

The University Museum at Texas Southern

presents

The 1000Words | 1000Kalema Exhibition

A Photographic Odyssey: Messages from Around the World

March 2—April 1, 2012

For Immediate Release March 30, 2012

MORE on What’s your view of the world?

Take a journey into other worlds during the month of March at the University Museum at Texas Southern with the 1000Words | 1000Kalema Exhibition, March 2nd through April 1st.

“A picture is worth a thousand words, and

a thousand words creates the stories.”

P.K. McCary

As we come to the end of this exhibition this weekend’s events will culminate with moments of inspiration, poignancy and epiphany. The narratives of people’s lives is a gift to us. These narratives help us to understand the “other” and what you learn is that we really aren’t all that different after all. Join us to finish the stories within stories started by asking this simple question: “What’s Your View of the World!”

Saturday, March 31st from 2 to 4 p.m.

Through the Eyes of a Child (Part 2)

Learn About the World through the Lens of a Camera

Come meet and hear Ray Carrington and Earlie Hudnall, two photographers who have filmed the world as they know it. They have also shared their experiences with young people over the years and understand the power of photographic narratives. Learn about the impact of photography on one’s view of the world. The afternoon event will have demonstrations along with a tour of the exhibit currently on display. Mr. Hudnall will showcase his work over the years.

In addition, many came last week and helped us make peace cranes, learning the story behind the cranes and one young Japanese girl named Sadako. While dying of leukemia, she learned of the legend that anyone who made 1,000 paper cranes would be granted a wish. Her wish–world peace.

“I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world.” Sadako Sasaki

Now, thousands upon thousands of peace cranes are done each year. One of the reasons is to remind people of the devastation of war and its cost. At one of our events for the 1000 Words | 1000 Kalema exhibition, we hope to make 1,000 peace cranes between now and the second week of October for The Children’s Sabbath.

Bring your children to The University Museum and learn about origami peace cranes. Packages to make your own peace cranes with your group or organization will be made available on Saturday. Sign up packages for Gandhi-sponsored competitions will also be made available.

Sunday, April 1st (Last Day of Exhibition)

Moments of Inspiration, Poignancy and Epiphany

through Song, Dance and Spoken Word

Come enjoy music, dance, and spoken word on this last day of the exhibition. The University Museum opens at Noon. Also, come make origami peace cranes and lend your voices to positive narratives about peace initiatives, including how we can stop violence in our communities. The grand experiment begins–sharing our narratives with the world. We’ll tape your contribution to the discussions on current issues. Also, come learn about how this exhibition began and how you can participate with Think Peace International.

 CALL ME AT 831-233-9361 for more information.

 Looking forward to seeing you there. P.K. McCary

 The Peace Hour, an initiative of Beyond the Decade

“Voices for Peace”
Heard on the Think Peace Radio Network,

Podcast, Blogspot Radio and OHZone.org Weekly
Host and Founder: P.K. McCary
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