ABC's of Human Survival: A Paradigm for Global Citizenship by Arthur Clark

By Arthur Clark

The ABCs of Human Survival examines the impression of militant nationalism and the lawlessness of robust states at the overall healthiness of people and native groups and the basic function of world citizenship inside of that dynamic. according to the research of global occasions, Dr. Arthur Clark provides militant nationalism as a pathological trend of considering that threatens our defense, whereas emphasizing potent democracy and foreign legislations as critical frameworks for human security. in the contexts of historical past, sociology, philosophy, and spirituality, The ABCs of Human Survival calls into query the assumptions of purchaser tradition and provides, instead, suggestions to enhance total wellbeing and fitness throughout the vital offerings we make as members.

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It was Hitler, it was the Germans, it was the communists, it was the terrorists, it was the Muslims. In the case of Iraq, examined in some detail in chapter 5, it was Saddam Hussein who was responsible for our imposing sanctions on Iraq and the invasion of Iraq. Even if our own government did something wrong by imposing sanctions and invading Iraq, we are not personally responsible for that. It was our leaders and the experts who advised them who are at fault. ” We think of Hitler as a prime example of evil, but support for Hitler came from “good citizens” and “good soldiers” doing their duty for their country.

30] Choosing the Future We need effective public discussion about options for our future. The discussion should be ongoing, vigorous, visionary, well informed, well organized, and well documented. It should move freely outside the box of the old ways of thinking. Erich Fromm was a careful observer of human psychology and its effects on twentieth-century society. … The absence of visions projecting a “better” man and a “better” society has had the effect of paralyzing man’s faith in himself and his future (and is at the same time the result of such a paralysis).

At the apex of all this very human pathology is warfare, and the warfare system that sustains it. Warfare is a disease in the same sense that cancer or HIV/AIDS is a disease: it destroys human life and health. Militant nationalism rejects this self-evident interpretation, substituting very different interpretations designed to sustain the warfare system. Nationalism becomes increasingly pathological as it is increasingly associated with domination, armed violence, and contempt for human rights and humanitarian law.

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