A Tribute to Johan Galtung on His 87th Birthday

POETRY FORMAT, 23 Oct 2017

Francisco Gomes de Matos – TRANSCEND Media Service

As Global Citizens, How Can We Make a Dignifying Difference?

  educating and by being educated for Peace
  for nonkilling for nonviolence;
    humanizing our communicative competence;
      enhancing our community-service conscience;
        committing to diplomacy of global interdependence;
          diversifying our intercultural experience;

and by
  cultivating a positive professional persistence;
    making political decisions with prudence;
      nurturing our economic resilience;
        sharing the Earth with sapience;

          engaging in LIFE-improving TRANSCENDENCE.

On October 24th, JOHAN GALTUNG´s 87th birthday let´s joyfully celebrate

  May he carry on his inspiring mission:
  in and for GLOBAL PEACE to educate,
    through both conflict and violence transcending,
      and toward a sustainable peace ascending.


Francisco Gomes de Matos, Ph.D. is an applied peace linguist from Recife, Brazil. He has degrees in Languages, Law, and Linguistics. He is Professor Emeritus at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco where he is active in the Dom Hélder Camara Human Rights Commission. He is one of the pioneers in Linguistic Rights (author of 1984 Plea for a Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights) and in the emerging area of Peace Linguistics. Currently he is President of the Board, ABA Global Education (www.abaweb.org). He can be reached at fcardosogomesdematos@gmail.com.


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