[Blueboard] The Aurora Aragon Quezon Peace Foundation University Lectures

Ateneo Center for Social Policy & Public Affairs csppa at admu.edu.ph
Tue Feb 17 11:46:27 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


Ambassador Howard Q. Dee, Assisi Development Foundation, Inc.
Professor Miriam C. Ferrer, U.P. Third World Studies Center

Mr. Reynaldo D. Pacheco, Kapatiran and Gunless Society


Prof. Ma. Oliva Z. Domingo, Center for Leadership, Citizenship & Democracy,

National College of Public Administration & Governance, U.P.

Reactor to the lecture of Ambassador Howard Q. Dee

Ms. Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel, All-Out-Peace, and AKBAYAN

Reactor to the lecture of Professor Miriam C. Ferrer

Mr. Dennis M. Arroyo, Writer and Consultant to the World Bank, Philippines

Reactor to the lecture of Mr. Reynaldo D. Pacheco

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,

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.

 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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