“Racism, sexism, bigotry, intolerance, and prejudice are an intrinsic part of our social environments that must be destroyed because our diversity is our strength and beauty.” – Ayo Ayoola-Amale
“Peace comes from becoming dead to our lives, giving beyond what we are given, giving our finest toward creating a world of great beauty that cares for everyone. Then safeguarding the space for others to give beyond what they are given.” – Ayo Ayoola-Amale
“Human beings are found from different stations in life, race, gender, religion and religious orientation, socioeconomic class, nationality, sexual preference and sexual identity, ethnic and educational background, physical, social and intellectual ability, age, and political standpoint. Discriminating against people base on any of these factors creates oppression and is not unlikely to lead to acts of injustice, intolerance, abuse, and eventually to violence. If our lives, societies, countries and our world are to be peaceful, just and safe it must be nonviolent, transparent, inclusive, unbiased and participatory. It is of great necessity that we all build peace not just because it is the correct thing to do but because it is the concrete thing to do. We must all work to build social cohesion, sense of belonging, and establish diverse, multicultural and tolerant societies.” – Ayo Ayoola-Amale
What is our attitude to peace? What is our attitude to the possibilities of peace? I like to believe that peace is possible for the simple reason that our problems are largely man-made. For that reason, they can be resolved by man. Clearly there is a global hunger for peace and love. One of the greatest challenges of humanity in this century is peace among peoples. The root of the global crisis we all face is mainly the injury that we inflict on one another and on nature.We are all witnesses to the agony, misery and suffering endured by billions of people in the world.
We must free ourselves from our prison. We must free ourselves from our prison of hate, ignorance, selfishness, and greed. We can contribute to change through our very being; by being aware of our power within our community and the world. We must believe in our own power. The way we relate with the people in our life, the people we meet in life, the way we talk and behave, what we stand for, the compassion we show a stranger can be a part of bringing love and peace to the world by being love and peace ourselves. Building peace is everyone’s work. Peace building is not only the work of peace activists and peace building community.
Are we not all affected? Are we not very concerned for all we are living in? We live in a world devoid of human rights, gender and racial equality. A world that lacks respect for the sanctity of human life and dignity, a world without appreciation for cultural diversity, the interdependence of human needs and the integrity of the earth, a world full of war, terrorism, hatred, injustice, oppression and evil. We cannot afford to remain unconcerned. In the world today many voices can be heard and many inspiring actions seen that together reflect a universal hunger for peace, we all need to play our part. We need to feel alive. We need to be real. We need to have empathy and concern for others. Peace is a matter of daily life for a lot of people around the world; everyone needs to work for peace. We all need to help make a difference by working on peace in our own unique ways. Everyone can work for peace. Everyone needs to work for peace – we all have responsibility! All of us are human beings. All of us make the world beautiful because of our diversity; we must respect this fact by valuing the dignity of every human being. Our world becomes paradise when we open our souls and hearts to peace, love, compassion and justice. The future of peace building belongs to all of us especially the youths. The latter has a critical role to play in their societies as agents of positive social change. These young peace builders must be adequately prepared to lead the future. The landmark UN Resolution is a significant recognition given to young peace builders. This resolution, UN Security Council Resolution 2250 empowers youth to promote peace. Important also is the fact that the political economy of peace and not the political economy of war is what can bring about the much needed change. The world needs to invest in peace and non-violence. The extreme disparity between global budgets for war and budgets for peace is glaring- Notwithstanding the enormous costs of war to societies, humanity and the environment and the fact that investing in peace is lucrative, and worthwhile. Surely change is needed urgently! We must think of peace. We must work for peace. We must act for peace. We must speak for peace. We must live the way of peace. We must be peace. We must know that peace is possible.
We must find out what part we can play to improve the world. Take on the big inequities. Speak the truth and search for the truth. The world needs our voice. Together we will create a better world. The time is now!
Political tensions are intensifying in the penurious African nations, in a continent ruled by dictatorship, violence, and greed . African dictators President Joseph Kabila’s DRC, and the Gambia’s Jammeh, have created political turbulence, anarchy and unrest. Presidents Joseph Kabila and Jammeh’s bid to extend their stay in power beyond the constitutionally mandated limit of two terms has left the nation’s future hanging on the balance. In the course of more than half a century of post-colonial rule, millions of Africans have been killed, displaced and impoverished while fighting for freedom, justice and their dignity by poor leadership, plundering of their country, ravenousness, lack of rights and the rule of law. These scandal-ridden African heads of state don’t rely on legitimate voters to be elected into office. Their misrule has led to civil war, a state of lawlessness, an environment of hatred, mistrust, acrimony, horror, huge underdevelopment, and failed states. These dizzy, outrageous heads of states came to believe they were the state; they cling tightly to power, irrespective of the cost and consequences. They believe that their countries belonged to them and their families. Millions of hard currency state funds has been spent in financing unrestrained, lavish, lifestyles of presidents, and their family members who inevitably metamorphose into the wealthiest in their country and prospective heirs and princess that are given powerful positions to loot the entire treasury. Children of active presidents are handpicked finance ministers. Equatorial Guinea Teodorin Obiang ,who is in line to succeed his father Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo is known for his lavish, outrageous lifestyle, Africa’s longest serving ruler and Angola José Eduardo dos Santos, Africa’s second longest serving president’s daughter Isabel Dos Santos is arguably the wealthiest woman in Angola to mention but a few. Credibility, reputation and the common good does not matter here. What matters is personal ambitions, inspite of the fact that they know that the fate and fortune of others depend on their choices, decisions and what they do etc. Some of these presidents were the so called liberators from colonialism who turned out to be autocrats, tyrants, oppressors and looters. A lot of them took on flamboyant titles, medals and splashed their image and names on currency, streets and buildings during their murderous, monstrous regimes.
A servant leader culture is the norm in every sane society. A leader that is accountable to their citizens, a leader that respect human rights and civil liberties. A selfless leader. The late President Nelson Mandela strove to build a free and democratic society, even at great personal cost and humility. He was a great leader and an inspiration. Madiba served his people. Authentic leaders develop character and vision, serve their people selflessly because what matters is that s/he connects with the people by adding value and meaning to their lives. The ultimate legacy a leader can leave is to grow leaders as extensively and as deeply as s/he can. African leaders will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. They must learn to work essentially for the benefit of their citizens and all of mankind. They must understand the fact that universal responsibility is the real key to human survival. It is the greatest foundation for world peace. They must make the best use of their time on earth to help create a better world. Unfortunately, what we find as the standard in national governance is what we might regard as drama, the scripts have already been written -tragic, and brutal… Clearly, there is a dearth of great leaders in Africa. We are saddled with leaders who rule by violence, despotism, and greed. These despots have failed not only their citizens, country, Africa but the entire humanity. They have indeed committed great crimes against humanity. The late Idi Amin Dada of Uganda, DRC’s Mobutu Sese Seko (Zaire as it then was), Francisco Nguema of Equatorial Guinea and Jean-Bedel Bokassa of Central African Republic, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Guinea’s Ahmed Sékou Touré, Liberia’s Charles Taylor, Omar al-Bashir of Sudan, to name quite a few. These insecure leaders are surrounded by avaricious, acquisitive family members, loyal sycophants’, boot lickers, and yes men usually from their state of origin, religion or tribes who are nothing but clowns and parasites.They have failed to invest in their people, they have failed woefully- they have failed to serve their people, they have failed to put their people into a position to do great things. They have failed to change the hearts of the people. They have failed to touch the lives of the people they lead or led.
As I always say life is lived with people. The most important thing in this world is people not wealth, power, fame or material acquisitions. The Ubuntu spirit is the true African spirit. How can one be happy when the others are sad? Africa’s deliverance from more than half a century of post-colonial and racist rule cost the continent huge losses, Africa needs to free itself from the oppression, brutality and maladministration of its post-independent masters. The glory of democracy is the peaceful transfer of power. Thumbs up for Ghanaians! They know the power of their votes, and importantly the power of the people in a democratic system. I witnessed tremendous turnout and the peaceful manner votes were cast, counted and declared. Ghanaians guard the ballot boxes with their lives, not for the sake of victory but as part of their commitment to peace and democracy.
Why do people choose to rise to the top through violent or illegal means?
How do we create great African leaders?
Is authentic liberal democracy uncharacteristic in this part of the world?
RUST TO HUMANITY
The societies beside the sunken sun have their breaths dropped in horrific ecstasy
high above, thousands of their rats somersault about uncontrollably.
They create comedy and the winds flog their minds into abyss.
They create drought
and look away into beautiful deserts.
A rat that keeps raising its romantic passion, wild and bloody
has gone deaf like steel
they cannot look in deep
they cannot see beyond
they rust in.
© Copyright 2017 ayo ayoola-amale. All rights reserved.
Slavery is not only a part of history, slavery is still a global problem; millions of people are trapped in all form of slavery- Domestic servitude, Sexual exploitation, Child trafficking, forced labour, debt bondage, Criminal exploitation, and mental slavery. There is a thin line between what is and isn’t slavery.
Africa’s glorious heritage has been mutilated by the devastation of the transatlantic Slave trade, chattel slavery, the harvesting of vulnerable people as sex slaves, colonial and post-colonial predators. The current form of slavery in Africa is the post-colonial slavery. Citizens are enslaved; enslaved by their so called leaders, these horrendous plunderers chain their citizen’s in the filthy grip of power. Mental slavery is a state of mind where discerning between liberation and enslavement is warped. Mental slavery is extremely terrifying than physical slavery because the chains are invisible.
In the face of all the calamities that Africans have experienced we must not be content to be at best an observer complaining about the world, as opposed to being a change agent in the world. We must not be content to be history’s permanent victim. We must rise with the wakening light!
Here are things we can do to end slavery around the world – we can provoke companies to be fair by not buying apparels or goods from companies that do not treat workers fairly, if we do we will be rewarding evil behavior. Let these companies be provoked to fairness by buying products that are certified fair trade or come from companies whose manufacturing practices have been independently verified as slave-free.
We could prevent slavery through holistic child development by donating and meeting a child’s basic needs for education, proper nutrition, and health care.
End it! Help End slavery!
-Ayo Ayoola-Amale© 2016
INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR ABOLITION OF SLAVERY, December 2, 2016
Dusk falls in intensely; life declines
Day drowning continues ,the unnatural unbroken
we live in naked emptiness weary of being free
The resemblance between us, mean nothing in the desert of their heart
Their bodies rise from the dead or die not
in the prison of their mind
we sense the wounds, in the adjoining room,
No light in the sun
Holocaust, Streams split, hinge and the doom of man
Struggle for the truth until we let go to consume death
The stung healers like a thinning breath
hear the wave crack and fondle renewal like the phoenix
Pricked, punctured, perforated
© ayo ayoola-amale, 2016
It is a tough time to be a peace builder – even for those of us who have been at it for a long while. Every time violence rears its ugly head, we express anger and frustration at the proliferation of violence and search for a way to translate it into action that will help create a more peaceful world. Yes we are promoting peace and justice. But our world is dominated by messages of violence blaring out repeatedly through the barrel of a gun in shopping malls, schools, everywhere- as well as in the war and turmoil around the globe. Even with decades of peace activism pushing forward, the United States remains a violent culture.
What kind of peace do we seek?
A peace imposed on the world by American weapons of war?
A peace devoid of justice and freedom?
Let us create a world that supports everyone.
We have no more urgent task!
Global Peace Science (GPS)
Briefly about the Book, its Authors and Significance.
In Russian: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=ru_c&key=662
In English: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=656
In Spanish: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=es_c&key=109
In Esperanto: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=esp_c&key=88
In Persian: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=ar_c&key=9
The positive fate of humanity and each country in the 21st century will be
determined by the recognition of GPS and its democracy of SPHERONS.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you,
then they fight you, then you win.
The unprecedented Global Peace Science (GPS or Peacescience), published at the book some name, was created in the Global Harmony Association (GHA) for 11 years since its establishment on February 15, 2005. Of these, 8 were the preparatory years, for which GHA has published seven previous books, discussed and approved 47 projects of global peace from harmony (Chapter 7.1). Work with GPS as the 48th project began directly in March 2013.
In Russian language, this book of 432 pages by 89 coauthors from 30 countries was published in St. Petersburg, Russia, in January 2015.
In English language, this book of 616 pages (almost 200 pages longer Russian one) by 174 coauthors (on 85 more than the Russian edition) of 34 countries was published in the early February 2016 in India, Russia and the USA: http://www.lulu.com/shop/dr-leo-semashko-and-173-co-authors/global-peace-science-updated/paperback/product-22605037.html. Its PDF format was posted in January here: http://peacefromharmony.org/docs/global-peace-science-2016.pdf.
The book coauthors are people of different age (from 9 to 90) and professions (from worker to academician and president of the country), 15 religious confessions and diversity of cultures from 34 countries in all continents, including 59 coauthors from the USA, 33 – from Russia, 15 – from India, 6 – from Canada, 5 – from Australia, etc. Only international group integrating in a harmonious unity the planet cultural diversity could create Peacescience.
Among the Peacescience coauthors are: former President of India – Abdul Kalam, the Nobel Peace Laureate from Northern Ireland – Mairead Maguire, intellectual peacemaking leader of the USA – Noam Chomsky, pioneer of peace studies from Norway – Johan Galtung, Chancellor of the IASE Pedagogical University of India – Kanakmal Dugar, sociologist of Catholic University from Belgium – Francois Houtart, leader of the women’s peace-making organization in Africa – Ayo Ayoola-Amale of Ghana, researcher of the Roerich creativity – Julia Budnikova from Russia, director of the Finance Institute, academician from Kazakhstan – Uraz Baimuratov, one of the Indian yoga leaders – Ramesh Kumar and many other outstanding scientists and peacemakers (6). Initiator, editor in chief and manager of the project is Leo Semashko, GHA Founder and President, Russia.
The contribution of these authors in GPS for three years composed 309 articles, including Leo Semashko 101 articles (81 solo and 20 coauthorship), Subhash Chandra 17 articles (10 solo and 7 coauthorship), Charles Mercieca 6 articles (5 solo and 1 coauthorship), Johan Galtung 5 articles, etc.
The book 309 articles are united into its 13 Chapters, 3 Sections, 2 Parts, Annex and Philosophical Final, which have been a collective discussion and approval of the GHA members. The most important parts of this three years discussion in a wide variety of assessments and comments of Peacescience were posted here: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=598. Diversity of opinions is complemented a variety of more than 600 sources in the book bibliography on 17 pages (580–597).
The GPS book is published on the GHA 72 members donations gathered in 2014 and amounting $8.677. It is the first budget of global peace in the history in 2015. Its comparison with the world military budget this year, nearly $ 2 trillion (according to unofficial data it is several times more), shows the militaristic, self-destructive priority of the global ruling elite and its national governments. Unfortunately, humanity has long reconciled with this priority and it is not looking to change it that is possible only on the GPS basis.
We will not talk about the shortcomings that Peacescience are full as the first attempt of similar science. We will emphasize its key advantages and significance.
1. Uniqueness. Peacescience is incomparable to anything else today. Mankind today does not have any similar or comparable knowledge of global peace, alternative to military science that has arisen over two centuries ago in 1799. GPS is able to overcome this lag of peace from war and create a fundamental alternative to military science and militarism in general. Uniqueness of GPS is determined by the discovery of SPHERONS – deep harmonious social structure of society in all its historical forms. This unknown up to GPS creation deep structure is peaceful on its objective nature and the key for scientific understanding global peace.
2. SPHERONS’ discovery. GPS is based on the unprecedented social discovery of universal and harmonious classes of the population in a whole – SPHERONS employed in four spheres of social production, which is possible only in peace. Therefore SPHERONS are fundamental actors not only production but also global peace at all social levels, starting from the family. SPHERONS constitute a deep and eternal social structure of society as a whole and all its parts, without exception, in all its historical forms (Chapters 1 and 2). The discovery of SPHERONS has a revolutionary cognitive, social and political (democratic) significance for society.
This discovery is complemented by the discovery of Socioeconomic Harmony Paradigm: “D + 3D”, which expresses the spiritual/ethical basis (“D” – of Russian “Duh” – spirit) of harmonious development and adequate to it the development of other three “D” spheres: demography (Sociosphere), democracy (Orgsphere) and demo-economy (Technoecosphere). The essence of a Harmony Basic Law in this paradigm is priority elevation of the spiritual needs for the individuals and society, which is opposed to disharmonious Law of destructive domination of material needs. (It is Academician Baymuratov’s Paradigm, 2014, Kazakhstan. See Chapter 8.15).
3. Integral, holistic character and dynamism. Peacescience, thanks SPHERONS universality, allows to synthesize and preserve in itself the peacemaking achievements of the past and future evolution (Chapters 3, 4, etc.). It provides a holistic approach to solving the problems of global peace at all levels. GPS does not pretend to finality but it assesses itself as “the initial version”, which does not exclude other options and is ready to enter with them into int. scientific Contest (Chapter 8, etc.). It supposes the possibility of another interpretation for deep social structure.
4. Value of Peacescience. In any case, regardless of the Peacescience truth measure of its various theories, it is an undoubted epistemological achievement and social value as the first in history precedent of scientific knowledge of global peace in a whole (history does not know other similar examples). Therefore, following the wise Italian saying “If it is not true, it is well conceived,” (se non è vero, è ben trovato) about Peacescience can say that even if it is not right in all parts, it is well conceived and certainly useful to mankind. Peacescience opens for it the way of search and upgrading an absolutely necessary for it science and fundamentally new, breakthrough knowledge, enriching it and saving it from wars, from which it is still (for the 6 thousand years of history) not has the radical vaccine and spiritual immunity. It is the way of conscious geopolitics of SPHERONS’ peace under the Earth Constitution International Law. Peacescience opens the Peacefulness Era of humanity since 2016.
The completion of the Peacescience book in GHA is just the beginning of a new, broader development, dissemination and application of the GPS new paradigm of thinking in academic, educational, political, religious and other cultural institutions.
Resume. Peacescience from harmony defines the THIRD, harmonious and just way of humanity development in all its four spheres. The third way organically integrates the advantages and softly (non-violently) overcomes the pathological extremes of the two equally disharmonious and violent, traditional for the 20th century ways: socialism and capitalism and their basic ideologies: Marxism and liberalism. The past and the beginning of the new century showed that without scientifically conscious and realized social harmony live further in a nightmare of any militaristic form of traditional society, mired in endless wars, terrorism, murders, crimes, corruption, lies, elitist-totalitarian pseudo democracy of billionaires behind the screen of elected puppets, drugs, glaring inequality, and other pathologies on the brink of the world’s nuclear suicide is impossible. GPS offers a way out of their impasse through science, education, culture and democracy of SPHERONS as the political center of the federalist Earth Constitution (Chapter 8.19). Therein lies the GPS historical significance.
Top. The positive fate of humanity and its key countries in the 21st century with different cultural, economic and political orientations: Russia, China, India, EU and the US, will be determined by the recognition of GPS and its democracy of SPHERONS (spheral democracy) ensuring the dominance of spiritual elevation, social priority of children and wonen, geopolitics of global peace, general and complete disarmament and economic prosperity for all nations from their harmony as one family on one planet.
Dr. Leo Semashko, GHA President, GPS Editor in Chief
Leo Semashko, Ph.D. (Philosophy), Founding President, Global Harmony Association (GHA) since 2005; State Councilor of St. Petersburg; Philosopher, Sociologist and Peacemaker from Harmony; Author of more than 400 scientific publications, including 18 books in 1-12 languages; Author of Tetrism as the unity of Tetraphilosophy and Tetrasociology – science of social harmony, global peace and harmonious civilization; Director: Tetrasociology Public Institute, Russia; Director, GHA Website “Peace from Harmony”: http://peacefromharmony.org; Initiator and Editor in Chief of the book “Global Peace Science”.
Address: St. Petersburg, Russia, Phone: 7 (812) 597-65-71,
E-mail: leo.semashko [at] gmail.com