Sunday, October 7, 2007

Perfect society and World Peace

In 1935 Pope Pius XI canonized in the Catholic Church Sir Thomas Moore (7 February 1478 – 6 July 1535) later declared by Pope John Paul II the patron saint of politicians and statesmen. His feast day is celebrated every June 22.
In 1515 Saint Thomas More wrote his most famous and controversial work, Utopia, a novel in which a fictional traveler, Raphael Hythloday (whose first name is an allusion to the archangel Raphael, who was the purveyor of truth, and whose surname means "speaker of nonsense" in Greek), describes the political arrangements of the imaginary island of Utopia (the Greek ou-topos, means "no place", and eu-topos, means "good place).
In the book, More tells the history of the perfectly orderly and reasonable social arrangements of the Utopia and its surrounding lands (Tallstoria, Nolandia, and Aircastle). In Utopia, private property does not exist and almost complete religious toleration is practiced. The primary message of the book is the need for order and discipline, rather than liberty. The society described is almost totalitarian, and very far removed from present day ideals of freedom.
In a way it sounds like Karl Marx's later vision of the ideal communist state.
Values like freedom, respecting the other person and their right to a different opinion were not considered in important in his study.
The premise behind the idea of a perfect society is that we all could leave in harmony in a prosperous way if we have world peace.
World peace is an ideal of freedom, peace, and happiness among and within all nations. It is the professed ambition of many past and present world leaders, also the professed desire of many Miss World contestants.
The conflict-free interaction between all humans is seen by some as highly improbable, due to the wide range of behaviour and personal circumstances that exist.
Suppositions about what might or might not work to achieve world peace are abundant, but better than theories, is practice.
On April 1st 2005 an auction was taking place at La Fonda Hotel Santa Fe New Mexico to raise funds for tsunami victims. Under the title Auction of Compassion Amma once again, was behind another humanitarian program.Amma (Mātā Amritanandamayī Devi, Devanagiri: माता अमृतानन्‍दमयी - Malayalam: മാതാ അമൃതാനന്ദമയി )was born in September 27th 1953, in a small poor fishing village, Parayakadavu in the Quilon district of Kerala. The entire birth was silent and the mother felt almost nothing. "The baby looked at me with a penetrating gaze and a benevolent smile on her tiny face" said Amma's mother Damayanthiand.
"When one beholds the entire universe as a play of Consciousness, what else can one do but smile?" Amma explains.
The first auction, held in the in spring of 2002, supplied funding to build 21 houses in India for the poor. The 2003 auction brought in funds for 36 houses, and 2004 built 54 houses. The 2005 auction funds directly supported Amma's tsunami relief efforts rised 100 crores [1 billion rupees or approx. $23,364,486 U.S.D.] to rehabilitate and reconstruct homes in South India that were completely destroyed by the tsunami.
Amma has created ashrams "places where people can devote all their time and energy to the remembrance of God, doing selfless service and developing qualities such as love, patience and respect for others".
Her first spiritual ashram center was establisted in Amritapuri, Kerala on May 6, 1981. Today, the group is spreading across 33 countries worldwide including the United States, Canada. Present in Europe, Middle East, Asia, Australia and Africa, with 12 temples, one super-speciality hospital in Kochi, feeds thousands during mass kitchen, provides pension every year to over 15,000 widows, builds 25,000 houses annually for the homeless and has 35 Amma welfare centres all over the world.
Amma always embraces or kisses people one by one, it is a process of purification and inner healing when Amma transmits a part of Her pure, vital energy into Her children (Amma means mother). There was this day in India that Amma has individually embrace over 20,000 people in the same day, sitting sometimes for over 22 hours.
Once a press reporter asked Amma how was it possible for her to embrace each and every one in the same loving way, even if they were diseased or unpleasant. Amma replied, “ When a bee hovers over a garden of varied flowers, what it beholds is not the difference between the flowers but the honey within them“.The United Nations General Assembly biggest effort to promote world peace was the creation of the University for Peace (UPEACE) in 1980 headquartered in Costa Rica. As determined in the Charter of the University and endorsed by the UPEACE Council, the mission of the University for Peace is: “to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace with the aim of promoting among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations.”
For those who are unable to attend courses in Costa Rica and want to be part of the team the UPEACE Sharing Knowledge for Peace Program (SKP) was created as a distance learning initiative trough state-of-the-art dissemination methods.But, If you don’t need an university to practice world peace, maybe you have something in common with Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu (August 26, 1910 – September 5, 1997) born in Skopje the capital of the Republic of Macedonia.
In 1982, at the height of the Siege of Beirut, Agnes rescued 37 children trapped in a front line hospital by brokering a temporary cease-fire between the Israeli army and Palestinian guerrillas. Accompanied by Red Cross workers, she traveled through the war zone to the devastated hospital to evacuate the young patients.
Agnes was an experienced nun who took her first religious vows on 24 May 1931.Has founded the Missionaries of Charity and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her humanitarian work. For over forty years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying in Kolkata (Calcutta), India. Inspired in Thérèse de Lisieux, the patron saint of missionaries, Agnes chose the name Teresa, name which she was beatified by Pope John Paul II as the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

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