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Principles of Equality

A Survival Guide 1998, revised 2004, & 2012 Jackson, R.

 


 

Dedicated to the leaders of nations and future generations.

 

Introduction:

     Peaceful people explore and expand the frontier of peace with effort and respect towards differences.  Cruel and senseless suffering can be reduced and responded to in order to protect endangered liberties.  However, but the overuse of interventions should be prevented.  Especially costly interventions disguised as helping others when self interests and conversion appears to be a driving motivation (ideological, economical, or religious) for such erroneous interventions. 

 

     The enclosed principles and assertions are proposed to encourage and support peace.  This project resulted from a call by John McConnell, founder of Earth Day, to respond to his Earth Charter in 1998.  This multicultural framework is a constitution intended to focus actions and help achieve common goals concerned with the preservation and betterment of life. 


 

A Proposal to Unite in Common Goals

Assessment, Evaluation, Accountability, Adaptability, Determination, Participation

 

     For many years groups throughout the world have created principles that set forth values and practical guidelines that promote ecological and social security.  Over time the relevance of the criteria applied in the various documents reveals a dramatically changing landscape of ideology and human behavior.  This document, like many before it, is a bi-product of shared visions promoting the welfare and continuation of life.  This proposal is humbly offered to the world’s people and we ask that urgent steps be taken to safeguard its proper implementation. 

 

     This constitution represents a family of cultures who have agreed to encourage life, liberty, and harmony by exploring human responsibilities and potentials.  The principles below presented by the Equilibrium Institute reflect some agreed upon assumptions from which we operate, and aspire to live accordingly. We invite everyone to participate in building healthier societies where equality may deliver peace, freedom and other liberties for our mutual enjoyment! 

 

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Observations, Logical Assumptions and Proposed Community Values

“Peace can be created by harmonious and balanced relations, which inherently depends upon mutual respect, appreciation, and unconditional care.”  John McConnell 

 

Observations:

1.      The earth is alive and sustains life with the aid of universal interactions.

2.      Many life forms, including humans, are in need of being protected.

3.      Nonviolent practices are modifying industrial/ technological industries, systems designs, and lifestyles to enhance and promote well being.

4.      Cumulative consequences of individual and collective actions can and should be monitored and evaluated to prevent adverse causal relations. 

 

Logical assumptions:

5.      There are observable processes by which the biosphere sustains life and people have acquires the ability; and have destroyed, intervened, altered, manipulated, exploited, contradicted or interfered in such processes. The consequences of such action can be positive, negative, or a combination of the two.

6.      The misuse of power and resources threatens the fabric of life and the foundations of local and global security.

7.      Poverty, violence and suffering can be reduced with education, conflict resolution strategies, compassion and fair distribution systems.

8.      Much suffering can be reduced or prevented depending on the choices and conduct of people individually and collectively.

9.      Peace requires an inclusive ethical vision and cooperation.

10.  People play a vital role in the protection of the earth.

11.  Precautionary actions must be taken to prevent violence or harm from occurring.

12.  National constitutions and declarations, laws, and ethics need greater alignment to be consistent with observable natural laws.

13.  Peace increases as the understanding and practice of nonviolence in ideas and actions increases.

 

Values

14.  Individual difference and diversity is valued and respected provided it does not cause harm to others. Difference is good.

15.  The imposition of violence that restricts anyone from enjoying the safety of peace needs to be corrected.  Exhausting non-violent interventions and negotiations- even in response to war acts should not be compromised at the mass response level. Immediate self defense at the individual level reserves violence as a last resort action and should be used without excessive force. Violence is a last resort. 

16.  We share a reverence for all life.  All matter, living and non-living has intrinsic value. Everything has value.

17.  We value and encourage responsibilities or tasks that improve the quality of life or present us with opportunities to coexist without the use of violence.  We take responsibility and work to better our lives and the lives of others.

18.  Everyone has a duty to advance the goals of justice, create the context of sustainability, and to contribute to the creation of world peace without prejudice or unfair discrimination. We evaluate our actions and choices based on their impacts.  We make a conscious effort where possible to cause the least harm. 

19.  Protecting, restoring, and preserving the integrity of the planets ecosystem is a critical priority.  Long-term planning is considered in our projections for the future. Success is indicated by health, education, and other important measurable qualities of life.

Peace Articles Dec. 2004

 

We the people of the world, commit ourselves to actions inclusive of the following principles:

 

Article 1

We shall maintain equilibriums by promoting and adopting modes of consumption, production and reproduction which  respects and safeguards human rights and the regenerative capacity of the earth’s ecosystem.

A.      Reduce waste through efficiency and the reduction of excessive luxuries to meet basic needs. Redirect behaviors to safer, healthier and more beneficial activities based on more objective evidences.

 

Article 2

Share equitably the benefits of natural resources use without discrimination between cultures, race, gender, age, disability, or past, present or future prejudices.

A.      Share resources and institute equal and fairer taxation

 

Article 3

Promote sustainable development by harmonizing economic goals and the means of attaining them with fundamental ecological, ethical and social values.

A.      Convert related drugs, arms, and polluting industry jobs into safer and healthier employment opportunities.

 

Article 4

Reduce and eliminate waste and the use of hazardous substances/elements/materials defined as toxins.

A.      Redesign the life cycle of products: reduce the resources used, reuse, and recycle.

B.     The introduction of wastes and hazardous substances/elements/materials defined as toxins into the environment requires critical evaluation.  A universal definition for toxins and much greater enforcement, biohazard prevention/ response actions, and drastically improved international controls over toxins are urgently needed.   Stiffer penalties and methods to detur the use of toxins that reduce crimes related to the production of toxins are needed along with international agreements concerning enforcement and the right of criminal trials for the offending person, community, or nation.     

C.     The definition of Toxin shall include all natural and synthetic chemicals known or reasonably suspected to cause harm either alone or in combination with other elements or substances.

 

 

 

 

 


 

We, the brave children, men, and women of the world, pledge to attain our goals of bettering ourselves and to preserve the opportunity for the greater well being of the global society through self-sacrifice, deconstructing abusive behaviors and systems, and empowering one another to make constructive contributions to our world.  We do this together, accepting one another’s strengths and weaknesses because a supportive community is central to the peace we aspire to create and multiply. 

 

 

Specific Goals and Methods to Keep Peace

  1. Promote social development and economic systems that create and maintain sustainable livelihoods, reduce poverty, and strengthen local communities.

 

  1. Advance and put into use scientific and other types of knowledge and technologies that promote sustainable living and protections for the environment.

A.      Clean energy conversion- solar, wind, hydra, and biomass renewable clean power sources.  Eliminate dependencies on polluting industries and non-renewable resources.

 

  1. Foster caring values, respect, diversity, equality and freedom in educational and moral systems.  Traditional and ethical reforms with assistance from spiritual or faith based communities is welcomed, but that assistance should not contain dogmatic traditions or beliefs.

 

  1. Establish justice by defending without discrimination the rights of all people, to life, liberty and security of persons within an environment adequate for good health and well being. 

A.      Evaluate current justice systems and propose improvements.

B.     Conserve the biodiversity of Earth’s lands, and waters.

C.     Preserve the genetic diversity within each species and the variety of ecosystems as well as the diversity of species.

D.     Establish systems of wild places and other protected areas in order to safeguard ecosystems, species, and the overall capacity of the Earth to sustain life.

 

  1. Ensure accountability and effectiveness in governance in all sectors of society.

A.      Develop communication systems that are less monopolized.

B.     Decentralize power and install mechanisms that promote more equal forms of democracy.

 

  1. Secure the right to health care and education including reproductive, nutrition, illness prevention, and alternative holistic healing methods.

 

  1. Promote opportunities for people to acquire knowledge, values, and practical skills needed to build and sustain communities.

 

 

  1. Soil, water, air, and food contamination should be halted.  Laws should fairly punish those who contaminate the environment with just and severe sentences.  Tolerances for hazardous materials should be adjusted to match the cumulative toxicity process in human bodies and other life systems- since for example we rely on nature.  Anything disrupting the chain of life ultimately could cause chain effects profoundly detrimental to life.

 

9.      Practice nonviolence.

A.      Manage conflicts nonviolently.

B.     Nonviolence is any action made to decrease the level of violence in daily life; a way of life inspired with unconditional love for all things. Nonviolent practices acknowledges and respects the interdependence that all things share in common.

 

10.  Work to establish access to reliable information, democratic participation in decision making processes, and encourage accountability in governance.

A.    Enable local communities to care for their own environment, and give to central authorities only those tasks that can not be performed effectively at more local levels.

B.    Construct neutral systems of world public accountability for corporations, international organizations, and government.

 

11.  Create mechanisms (policies and procedures) to promote viable decision making in all sectors of society.

A. Encourage local, nation, and international sustainability agendas and strategies.

B. Establish market prices and economic indicators that reflect the full environmental and social costs of the products or activities.

C. Implement more accurate environmental impact assessments

D. Create and respect more rigorous environmental protection standards.

E. Monitor changes in the environmental quality and make finding more available through mass media.  Identify the responsible sources of potential abuse or violations and propose practical solutions and institute mandatory reporting along with whistleblower protections.

 

12.  Eliminate weapons of mass destruction, promote disarmament and secure the environment against irreversible damage caused or likely to be caused by human activities.

 

13.   Prevent the transfer of hazardous materials from one country to another.

 

14.  Strengthen or support existing or support existing laws that prevent violence, or environmental harm.

 

15.  Develop mechanisms to ensure that elected officials and others take reasonable measures to prevent, reduce, or respond to the concerns for safety and welfare generally.   Hold each other accountable.