Our Creative Diversity
“The challenge to humanity is to adopt new ways of thinking, new ways of acting, new ways of organizing itself in society, in short, new ways of living." [page 11]
"The concept of state sovereignty which still prevails today has increasingly come under scrutiny. ... An ounce of prevention is better than a ton of punishment. ... Imagination, innovation, vision and creativity are required... It means an open mind, and open heart and a readiness to seek fresh definitions, reconcile old opposites, and help draw new mental maps."[pages 11-12]
"There should be a commitment to building 'a culture of peace'... 'a process by which positive attitudes to peace, democracy and tolerance are forged through education and knowledge about different cultures.' It is a process that is built on the proactive stance of peace building." [page 45]
"Universalism is the fundamental principle of a global ethics."[page 46]
“...the need for people to live and work together peacefully should result in respect for all cultures, or at least for those cultures that value tolerance and respect for others. There are some cultures that may not be worthy of respect because they themselves have been shown to be intolerant, exclusive, exploitative, cruel and repressive. …such repulsive practices…should be condemned, not tolerated.” [page 54]
"Religion... has affected and sometimes poisoned the relations between majorities and minorities.... Even today, politicized religion often appears to contribute more to the intensification of conflict than to the construction of peace....
"Extreme doctrinaire views look to an imagined past, seen as both simpler and more stable, thus preparing the ground not only for a variety of overtly violent acts but also for the intimidation of individual and indeed entire communities in matters of thought, behavior and belief, coercing them into accepting a single 'orthodox' point of view....
"The late twentieth-century present politicized, fundamentalist tendencies in all religions. ... The challenge today, as in the past is to... distinguish between the beliefs and activities of the peaceful majority... and a minority of extremists...."[pages 67-68]
"To promote pluralistic societies and resolve existing conflicts requires the recognition of the variety of structures that acquire legitimacy for different aspects of social life."[page 72]
“Education must inform… but it must also form, it must provide them with a sense of meaning to guide their actions…." [page 163]
Education should promote ‘rational understanding [that which fits the UN vision and worldview] of conflict, tensions, and the processes involved, provoke a critical awareness… and provide a basis for the analysis of concepts that will prevent obscurantist, chauvinist and irrational explanations from being accepted….’ [A warning against uncompromising Christian beliefs and values?] [page 169]
"Education should therefore inculcate a certain sense of relativity, of diversity and tolerance, by emphasizing both eh oneness of humanity's experience, the variety within cultures, and the long historical record of interrelationships between human groups. Identity is a relationship, not a fortress, and such recognition implies a mutual openness, a relationship which is by definition a d two-way street.... It should cover adults as well… The principle of lifelong education… should be the aim of all societies.” [page 170-171]
"Social integration... create a sense of belonging and responsibility." [page 238]
Edward Hunter, author of Brainwashing: From Pavlov to Powers, tells us that the goal of Soviet brainwashing -- like the goal of UN education -- was to render young minds immune to contrary ideas:
After a trip to China, David Rockefeller praised Mao Tse-tung who had slaughtered over 40 million people. His report, "From a China Traveler," highlights the goals presented in UN reports such as "The Commission on Global Governance" and UNESCO's "Our Creative Diversity." Both focus on lofty ideals such as peace, harmony and unity in the communitarian "global" village -- a vision that demands absolute control and universal participation in facilitated small groups (modeled by the hierarchy of "soviets" or councils in Communist lands):
"One is impressed immediately by the sense of national harmony.... Whatever the price of the Chinese Revolution it has obviously succeeded .... in fostering high morale and community purpose. General social and economic progress is no less impressive....The enormous social advances of China have benefited greatly form the singleness of ideology and purpose.... The social experiment in China under Chairman Mao's leadership is one of the most important and successful in history." New York Times, 8-10-1973.
See alsoThe U.N. Plan For Global Control: The Habitat II Agenda
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