Global Cooperation


RE: The Internet Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

So – do you think the Internet should be given the Nobel Peace Prize? Funny if the U.S. Department of Defense – that funded the technology enabling the Internet in the 1960s, would win the prize for peace! OK, so much has happened since that work of the U.S. military’s Department of Advanced Research Projects, that resulted in the ARPANET – the first system to connect computers at distance in 1969.  So maybe they don’t get to walk on stage to collect the prize.

Nobel Peace Prize

But back to the substance of the question – what has the Internet done to enable “... fraternity between nations .. the abolition or reduction of standing armies and  .. the promotion of peace congresses.”? Well, plenty – if you look around. The Internet has weakened the control of various authoritarian regimes, by enabling the forces of popular democracy to organize and build support. Online campaigns have enabled major change of all kinds. And we could say that violence has many causes, with ignorance, disunity, and poverty being very common, and that clearly, the Internet can have a positive effect on all three. Of course the Internet can also be a tool to plan violence – as Al Queda has demonstrated. Perhaps the full potential of the Internet in the realm of peace has yet to be seen.

In his book Not-Two Is Peace Adi Da says “The Internet is an indispensable and, altogether, key and central tool–unique and new to global humankind–for organizing, implementing, and surely (in every practical sense) happening the global cooperative order of the totality of humankind. Therefore, the Internet should immediately be made thus to serve.” He goes on to say that “The necessary and immediate tool for the collective organizing of the total human population in Earth is the Internet!” Adi Da’s basic point here is that the only way things are going to change for the better (which they must – and soon, to avoid catastrophe) is the force of EVERYONE standing up for the collective interests of the planet. And the only vehicle for such a movement to arise, and manage the necessary change, is the Internet.

They gave the Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama last year because he provided leadership and hope that great things – towards peace, could be achieved. Maybe the same kind of thinking points to the Internet as a worthy recipient for the next one.

For more on Adi Da’s instructions on Peace please see The Global Cooperation Project website.

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People of the Internet

A very good, new series on the BBC – SUPERPOWER – which considers the influence of the Internet on our world and this time, is now [March 2010] on. For one of the commercials promoting this series see below. This brief clip relates directly to the theme of our previous blog entry, and illustrates in a creative, poetic manner, the prediction of Adi Da about the role of the Internet in saving the planet.

For information on the series see  SUPERPOWER

And for more on Adi Da’s guidance on what this time is and what we should do about it, please see http://www.Da-Peace.org



The Secret to Global Peace

The working-presumption of prior unity—rather than the search for unity—is the right and true context for all human exchanges. If there is the working presumption of prior unity, then ego-surrendering cooperation and tolerance make perpetual human peace. . .

Not-Two Is Peace by Adi Da

Writing pacifist words does not produce peace. Making pacifist speeches does not produce peace. Peace marches and meetings do not produce peace. Big peace events do not produce peace. Praying for peace does not produce peace.

All those things are good, but if they could produce peace, we would already have it. Why don’t all the good things produce peace?

Because they are based on an all-pervading error in consciousness.

What is that error? It’s the error that humankind has been making for thousands of years. It’s the presumption of separation—the old consciousness that presumed that basically we are all separate.

What is the truth? The truth is that basically—even scientifically established—we are one, we are in the state of prior unity—inherently one before any act or feeling of separation.

The great secret is that the billions of humankind actually already has the power to take control and make global peace our reality. What is required to realize peace is an all-pervading change of consciousness–the force and integrity of everybody, resonating with the truth of our inherent unity.



Sarkozy, Happiness Index
September 24, 2009, 8:38 pm
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Sarkozy: Happiness is an economic indicator

“PARIS — French President Nicolas Sarkozy asked world leaders to join a “revolution” in the measurement of economic progress by dropping their obsession with gross domestic product to account for factors such as health-care availability and leisure time … A great revolution is waiting for us …” Sarkozy said.

From the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa, CA, By EMMA VANDORE, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Whatever his motivation, Le President de la République takes a step in the right direction by calling for major country national governments to move away from their huge focus on the current model of economic indicators that everybody equates to a measure of how well the country is doing. These days, we have a lot more to consider to make a judgment about that.  GDP, or Gross Domestic Product, is a blunt instrument at best, equating economic output created by running prisons, with that of growing food. The money made making and selling bombs adds in to the same total as the money made treating their victims.

Adi Da has said, in his book ‘Not-Two Is Peace’:

“The present-time human world is fragmented and stupefied, utterly misled by the grossest kind of deluded thinking about “reality”.  The mass populations of the world are being seduced by the absurdities of “consumerism”. Human beings are, now and everywhere, entrenched in their commitment to absurd “consumer” notions about the potential of absolute “self”-satisfaction—and otherwise, human beings are (based on their failures of “self”-satisfaction) overwhelmed by gross realism views that appear to sanction nihilistic despair, and even unlimited (and intrinsically meaningless) violence.”

This is the view from the source – the “radical” view. Adi Da explains that the GDP picture, the total consumption of a society, is a deluded measure of value, or benefit.  The move to at least broaden the picture of what is of true value to societies is a step in the right direction.

For more please go to: http://www.globalpeacecentral.org/

Reference:

Report by the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress, by

Professor Joseph E. STIGLITZ, Chair, Columbia University, Professor Amartya SEN, Chair Adviser, Harvard University, Professor Jean-Paul FITOUSSI, Coordinator of the Commission, IEP



Not-Two Is Peace

Hello, my name is Brian Auger and I am writing this blog to explain the writings of Adi Da Samraj, spiritual master, author, artist, and to connect his writings to current events in the world. While I intend my explanations to be valuable and accurate, nothing can replace your reading of the book – please go to http://www.globalpeacecentral.org to order one, or to download PDFs of chapters for free.

I spent many years working in Canada’s central bank, and in the department of government supporting Canada’s Prime Minister. I have had the opportunity to see how certain important processes work from a perspective not available to most people. Also, my work gave me a good reason to stay current with the affairs – political and economic, in the world. My background is physics, not ecomics or politics, so I am not writing to you from any specialist perspecitve. Rather, grounded in my experience in the world, my perspective is that of a student of the work of Adi Da Samraj, a great spiritual master. In his book “Not-Two Is Peace“, Adi Da describes the current reality in a different way. And he presents the principles describing or underlying the changes that must take place at this unique turning-point in human history. I welcome you to join with me now in this critically important consideration.



What Is ‘Prior Unity’?
September 10, 2009, 6:33 am
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To understand how things can change we must understand ‘prior unity’ – a condition that is already the case – not something we have to accomplish.

E Pluribus Unum’ is Latin for ‘Out of Many, One’, a motto found on the great seal of the United States. Originally, perhaps it simply meant that a single nation emerged out of many colonies or states, but since then, it has come to suggest that out of many peoples, races and religions, a single people and nation – the United States, came to be.

But ‘Prior Unity’ is NOT a union ‘out of many’. And ‘Prior Unity’ does not mean some condition that used to exist in some bygone golden age. Prior unity is already there – like now, before anybody does anything.  Prior Unity means a unity in which there is no separateness, no “difference”, no otherness and therefore, no opposition. It is already ‘one’. In his book of the same name Adi Da says: “Not-Two Is Peace”. “Not-Two” is another way of saying prior unity.  So he is saying that the acknowledgement of prior unity is the requirement for there to be peace in the world.

Notice that we’re not talking here about struggling with anyone to establish some kind of structure or system, or convince everyone that there is prior unity. If prior unity really does exist, then it is like the law of gravity: it operates whether you know about it or not – whether you understand it or not.  But in spite of the law of gravity, planes can still fly and rockets still can go into orbit.  And despite the truth of prior unity, people can still have wars and huge difficulty getting things done together.  How is that? I’ll comment on that in future posts.

The full text of Adi Da Samraj’s brilliant Not-Two Is Peace, my principal source, can be downloaded from the Da-Peace website.



Doomsday or Turn-About Moment?

Well, I’m hoping it is the ‘turn-about’ moment of course. The end of the world, be that on December 21, 2012 or any other time soon, would definitely ruin your day, and should be avoided.  This blog is about choosing the other possibility. Choosing the turn-about moment possibility is definitely within our grasp – IF … The big “IF” depends upon us changing the way we look at the world. I will comment on things that happen in the world, bringing in that alternative point of view.

The world right now is in a mess. We have a global financial crisis, with a huge mass of debt hung around our neck – or as The Economist put it:

Our Debt Legacy

Our Debt Legacy

a huge and possibly crippling legacy of debt for future generations.

On top of that, we have an environmental crisis, with glaciers melting faster than forecast, which will result in coastal flooding, mass migration, pressure on already strained food, water and other human support systems. And the world is fast heading for the end of cheap oil, with the chief economist of the International Energy Agency forecasting the likely peak of world oil production in 10 years.  And then, on the war, terrorism, nuclear proliferation front, things don’t look great either, with North Korea and Iran positioned to do something dangerous.  It doesn’t take a Hollywood script writer to dream up a whole lot of perfectly plausible disaster movie scenarios!

The good news is that all of this is avoidable: not guaranteed by a long-shot, but potentially avoidable. In this blog I will describe the alternatives to the disaster movie scenarios. In a few words, what is required is an entirely new picture of global cooperation. The key words are ‘prior unity’ and ‘everybody-all-at-once’.

The full text of Adi Da Samraj’s brilliant Not-Two Is Peace, my principal source, can be downloaded from the Da-Peace website.