The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed in Resolution A/61/L22, the year 2009 as the International Year of Reconciliation “recognizing that reconciliation processes are particularly necessary and urgent in countries and regions of the world which have suffered or are suffering situations of conflict that have affected and divided societies in their various internal, national, and international facets.” The Resolution was introduced by Nicaragua’s representative who stated that “reconciliation between those estranged by conflicts was the only way to confront today’s challenges and heal wherever fraternity and justice were absent from human relations.”
Yet we need to ask how can genuine reconciliation take place between people and groups with bitterly held beliefs and a violent history? How can the needs for national healing be reconciled with the demands for justice by the victims of terrible violence?
The General Assembly resolution gives a partial answer by stressing that “dialogue among opponents from positions of respect and tolerance is an essential element of peace and reconciliation.”
For there to be a respectful dialogue among opponents, certain barriers that prevent negotiations must be dismantled as a sign of a willingness to enter into a process of negotiations. Some barriers are physical, some psychological, others ideological. These barriers must be overcome if we are to progress on the long road to reconciliation. Let us, with the New Year, start now both as individuals and as members of movements in the spirit of the historian Howard Zinn’s “People are Practical”
They want change but feel powerless, alone,
do not want to be the blade of grass that
sticks up above the others and is cut down.
They wait for a sign from someone else
who will make the first move, or the second.
And at certain times in history
there are certain intrepid people who take the risk
that if they make that first move others will follow
quickly enough to prevent their being cut down.
And if we understand this, we
might make that first move.
…And if we do act, in however small a way,
we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future.
The future is an infinite succession of presents,
and to live now as we think human beings should live,
in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself
a marvellous victory.
Rene Wadlow, Representative to the UN, Geneva, Association of World Citizens
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> Know that all human hearts are welcome here, regardless of one's color, creed, condition or philosophy, because everyone is just like you and me--wanting happiness, and disliking suffering. In other words, seeking joy and freedom from suffering is the birthright of all living beings (not just us humans).
> The word 'spiritual' has many connotations, but all of us who've done prolonged, skillful fasting know our mind is clearer, sharper and more efficient--a greater clarity of consciousness. By using this fasting-enhanced clarity, our journey into the human interior can reward us with many essential correctives to the extreme materialism of our external culture and its dominant sciences. Also, just as our own inner-mind becomes clearer, our own extrasensory instinct becomes keener. Thus, we find ourselves more in tune with the gentle voice of Nature and its Natural Laws. And so, the increase in energy prolonged fasting confers is our own reward for getting back in touch with these so-called Laws of Nature.
> World Peace and World Love
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Tashi Delek Zuzi
Thank you for your kind words of appreciations. Yes, TCV is my home and I always look forward to go back one day soon to serve young seeds of Tibet. Did you visit TCV while in India? Yes, you are right to say that West have have so many things to learn from the East. Only thing is we have to give time for all those emotional development that people tend to neglect its importance, rather they find it more important for machine age development. His Holiness has clearly mentioned about the develpoment of 'Hearts rather then development of minds'.
Your collection of pictures are so good and especially, Dalai Lama with the young kids.
The statue you have in the background is the dance of distruction by Lond Shiva' Natraj'. If you are staying in India to mater this dance, I dont wish you luck, as there is already enough distructions in the world, Ha.. Ha .. Ha.
If you wish to visit Bodh Gaya,where Lord Budhha got enlightment , its only 220 kms from my place.
May peace and love be with you
Hi Rhi Zuzi - Welcome to IPeace and thank you for the friend add. Nice to see you here among my friends from all over the world. Where do you come from? I am sure you will also enjoy this community of wonderful people empowering the cause of peace. I wish you love, inner peace and light. May a bright shining sun always fill your heart and may your dreams and visions come true. Blessings and take care. All good wishes and some lovely hugs x x from your Austrian friend Heimo