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World Without War – Justice, peace, and one man’s birthday wish.
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Reflections on My 72nd Birthday
World without War 2050
The Unheard Call of Our Time
June 10, 2015jsc
“World without War 2050” – in my dreams I can hear the drumbeat and chant of peace, see billions in parks and streets non-violently demanding a world without and beyond war.
Headline: World without War 2050: The Unheard Call of Our Time
In 1928 our great-grandparents passed the Kellogg-Briand Pact to end war; their call out to us, the lesson of WWI forgotten. In 1947 the United Nations signed the Universal Bill of Human Rights; the lesson of WWII, our grandparents’ lesson essentially forgotten. In 1965 Pope John Paul II called out at the United Nations for a United Nations transformed to make possible a world without war. This task has barely been started.
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Those who experienced the horrors of world wars in the last century, their lessons unlearned, all but ensure civilization ending war by the end of this century. In 2015 is anyone listening?
In the main, “no”, humanity is not listening to this unheard call. There are loud voices of war determined to mute the call to peace. But some are listening. The International Court of Justice, also known as the World Court, and the International Criminal Court, both part of the next generation of global justice systems, are coming online soon.
Justice, the basis of global security system based on law, is the answer to humanity without and beyond war.
Will humanity buy in in time?
The pieces and parts to make a world without and beyond war are falling into place, but two things are missing. The collective human imagination to envision it, and the collective human will to make it a happen.
A world without war is the unheard call of our time at a time when the ship of humanity is on course to World War III and the Age of Catastrophe to follow.
I send this to all as I begin my 73rd trip around our star: I was born into a world at war and it looks like I am going to die into a world at war.
I pray I am wrong.
There is no greater evil than war, no greater gift to our grandchildren than to end war. 2050 should be the goal, a time frame within which to make it happen.
Come join the conversation and begin to build the networks to make a world without war happen.
JanStephen James Cavanaugh was born in 1943 in Canada, the oldest of eight raised to run the family farms, but a dream changed all that and in 1964 he expatriated to the United States of America to study for Roman Catholic priesthood. Not accepted for first level vows he chose in 1967 to go to South Vietnam to work for International Voluntary Services on agricultural projects. If there is a civilian version of missing in action (MIA), he became one during Tet 1968. His mother to her dying breath will not speak of the shock upon receiving a U.S. State Department letter saying that her number one son was missing in Vietnam at a time of intense war. In 1969 he repatriated to the United States of America, married, naturalized, and in 1982 completed doctoral work in the philosophy and psychology of human development at Pennsylvania State University. His post-doctoral work encompasses academic, private, non-profit, and corporate and government practices. Every now and then to get out of his head and into his body he takes to the road as a CDL Class A driver. Nothing like the thrill of 80,000 pounds on the shifter at 80 miles per hour and signs of “Steep Hill Ahead” to focus the mind, body and soul! Particularly on a stormy night at three in the morning! For those who care he is a Gemini.
He is a citizen of the United States of America by choice and he believes strongly in the liberal principles of limited government, separation of church and state, human rights and individual dignity as outlined by the founding fathers of our great Constitution. In his view within that framework can be the template for the next order of global human governance.
He fears that the current course of U.S.A. policy, foreign and domestic, plays to the advantage of our enemies. He dreams we are on the Titanic of Modernity and we face heavy seas and hot headwinds in the dark of night. There are some us on stern bracing against the winds of war pointing at the fast rising tide to our stern. The captain does not hear our voices; he stares straight ahead. What happens next always wakes him in a sweat.
He has two dreams yet unfulfilled:
To promote the voice and work of peace full-time.
To counsel presidents and kings in matters of war and law.