>From: James N Rose <email@example.com>
>Dear and respected friends,
>I stand to make my personal position known, counter to what many of my
>countryfolk think and hold.
>Violence and military actions will not bring any satisfactory end to the core
>cultural conflicts that we are faced to immediately confront.
>I value and cherish the lives of my Islamic sisters and brothers as much as my
>Christian, Buddhist, agnostic, Jewish and other, sisters and
>brothers. And more
>importantly, I cherish and fear for all our world's children. I am of a
>unlisted here so my concern is with every and all. Do not try to
>reason for my embrace, simply know that it is, and that it is real.
>We are at a moment when human conversation alone is the path to
>sheer force of pervasive commercial involvement was to have been an effective
>mechanism for global coordination and unification BUT it falls short of the
>first priority: human dignity, in all the forms that people choose - and have
>the right to self determine - that such dignity entails for themselves and
>communities of mutual concern.
>It is time to bring all our wariness, our demands and aspirations, and
>come to a
>meeting to finally resolve a safe and dignified future for all peoples and
>cultures. It is time to come to Council and be prepared to receive and give
>accomodations immediately. To express needs and act definitively to
>all neighbors' welfares.
>Billions of years of life on this planet have succeeded and flourished
>required coherent diversity of life-types. Humanity is no exception.
>Mono-culture will never be the securing base for a holistic unified economic
>globe. Cultural diversity .. which reactively seems to be each culture's
>and threat .. is in fact the only way humanity will thrive and advance.
>We must really know and believe that. Our differences are our mutual
>not some threat to personal traditions. But we are required to not just think
>of each other that way, but to ACT in protection of traditions not of our
>personal choosing or practice.
>I call for an immediate assembly of economic leaders, religious
>media specialists, and high ranking heads of state to a Global Welfare
>I call on all parties to a moratorium on all aggression of any and all sorts
>planet wide for a period of at least 90 days while the assembly
>includes any and all 'preparations' for aggression of any and all sorts while
>this assembly of goodwill is in session. And such commitment extended as each
>anniversary of time draws near.
>I call on all parties to be ready to commit to receive and give changes of
>performance, opinions and beliefs in order to achieve the anticipated goal:
>Dignity and the space to live self determined but mutually
>supportive/acknowledged lives together.
>Our human species must change its value system. We must respect life more
>we concern ourselves with existence after life. Not deny that next realm, but
>raise the respect of life to a par with it.
>Every life deserves a voice in the world and having that voice heard and
>respected .. by actions of respect, not just words of it.
>My heart is with all of you, but love is not enough, nor is choosing
>non-violence. If we do not survive diversely, we shall persish uniformly
>completely. This is the moment of transformation. It is something totally
>new in the experience of history and in the mindmemories of human beings. We
>are about to - because we CAN - reinvent ourselves. It is frightening and
>unmapped, but we have the seminal skills to do it and therefore, with great
>confidence and courage .. we must.
>I bless you my friends, my esteemed and cherished life companions, and ask for
>your blessing in return. It is YOUR opinion and feeling than matters in this
>world, none other.
>To: UN Millenium Forum
>bcc: [list available]
>Please forward, share and distribute this letter as you see fit. The author
>simply asks you to consider and be aware of these ideas whether you agree with
>them or not, and present them for consideration to colleagues, friends and
>associates. They may find them of interest as well.
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