The Declaration of Peace
INSPIRATIONAL, 12 Jun 2017
These are self-evident truths:
That all humans are a single family living on a fragile and endangered planet whose life support systems must remain intact if we are to survive;
That the well-being of the planet and the well-being of humanity are one and the same;
That the well-being of each requires the well-being of all—security is common;
That all humans have a natural right to peace and a healthy planet;
That all war is a crime against humanity and nature;
That any war anywhere degrades the quality of life for all of us everywhere;
That we live at the decisive moment in history when we will choose between break down or breakthrough on a planetary scale;
That we here now dedicate our intellectual, spiritual and material resources to the establishment of permanent peace and the conservation of nature, and,
That we are fully endowed by our Creator with the wisdom and the ability to achieve these ends.
17 May, 2017 at Tomidhu Cottage, Crathie, Scotland
Kent Shifferd holds a Ph.D. in history from Northern Illinois University and taught for thirty years at Northland College where he directed the Peace Studies program. He has held visiting appointments at Ripon College, the University of Wisconsin, and United Theological Seminary. He was one of the founders of the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, a twenty-one campus consortium, and served several terms as its Executive Director. He was part of the team of scholars who created the award-winning Annenberg-CPB, distance learning course, Dilemmas of War and Peace, broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio.
This article originally appeared on Transcend Media Service (TMS) on 12 Jun 2017.
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