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Ateneo Center for Social Policy & Public Affairs
csppa at admu.edu.ph
Mon Feb 16 09:44:26 PHT 2004
The Ateneo Center for Social Policy & Public Affairs
Ateneo de Manila University
as Host Institution
The Aurora Aragon Quezon Peace Foundation
and the Concerned Women of the Philippines
In cooperation with the University of the Philippines,
De La Salle University, Ateneo de Davao University
and Kalayaan College,
with the support of
cordially invite you to
The AAQPF University Lectures
On the Theme: "Is a nonkilling society possible in the Philippines?"
The Quest for Peaceful, Nonkilling Alternatives in Building
Law & Order and a Just & Humane Democratic Society
Monday, February 23, 2004
1:00 to 5:30 P.M.
Social Development Complex Audio Visual Room
Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights
"Is a global nonkilling society possible?
"We humans are capable of nonkilling global transformation."
From Glenn D. Paige, Nonkilling Global Political Science, 2002. Published by Center for Global Nonviolence (CGNV), Honolulu, Hawaii. Co-published in the Philippines in 2003 by CGNV and Kalayaan College at Riverbanks Center, Marikina.
In his book, Dr. Paige shows why a nonkilling society is possible, not unthinkable, and how humans have tried and are trying to make it possible.
What is a nonkilling society?
It is a human community, smallest to largest, local to global, characterized by no killing of humans and no threats to kill; no weapons designed to kill humans and no justifications for using them; and no conditions of society dependent upon threat or use of killing force for maintenance or change. [p.1]
Capabilities for a Nonkilling Society
The possibility of a nonkilling society is rooted in human experience and creative capabilities. The vast majority of human beings have not killed and do not kill. Although we are capable of killing, we are not by nature compelled to kill. However imperfectly followed, the main teaching of the great spiritual traditions is: respect life, do not kill. To this teaching, humans, under the most violent circumstances, have shown themselves capable of responding in brain and being with complete devotion. Where killing does occur, scientific creativity promises unprecedented ability to understand its causes, how to remove then, and how to assist liberation of self and society from lethality.
Prototypical components of a nonkilling society already exist in past and present global experience. They are not the product of hypothetical imagination. Spiritual, political, economic, social, and cultural institutions and practices based upon nonkilling principles can be found in human experience. There are army-free, execution-free, and virtually weapon-free societies. There are nonkilling organizations and movements dedicated to solving problems that threaten the survival and well-being of humankind. Nonkilling historical experience provides knowledge to inform present and future transformative action. There is a great legacy of nonkilling lives, past and present, and individuals whose courage and works inspire and instruct.
If any people decided to combine, adapt, and creatively add to the components that already exist in global human experience, a reasonable approximation of a nonkilling society is even now within reach. To assert positively, of course, is not to guarantee certainty but to make problematic the previously unthinkable and to strengthen confidence that we humans are capable of nonkilling global transformation. [pp. 68-69]
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