We Humans find ourselves in a particularly precarious situation as we enter the new millennium, in which values other than those which respect and nurture and protect the Human Beings of the planet Earth are being promoted and foisted upon us in ways that are devastating to our fragile life support system, and to Human safety, and to the Human spirit.
We have all of the necessary elements for creating a peaceful, safe and nurturing environment for all of the Peoples of this Earth. We have intelligence, yet we lack wisdom. We have science and technology, yet much scientific endeavor is dedicated to destruction and weapons, rather than benefiting humankind. Medical marvels are inequitably distributed. We understand Human development and the needs for nutrition and healthful living conditions, yet children the world over are starving by the thousands.
We know enough about psychology to recognize the roots of hatreds and fears, yet groups of us continue to find ourselves manipulated into the dangerous and outmoded "we/they" manner of thinking, rather than considering our whole Human family, and acknowledging that we are more alike than we are different. We understand and even sign declarations agreeing that there are universal Human Rights and inherent freedoms, yet somehow the manifestation of power and moneyed interests, and the age old reversion to militarism as a method of problem solving, continue to defy all logic and prevent us Humans from creating the peaceful world we dream of and long for.
If the heads of corporations and governments, financial and military institutions, and other vested interests that have such a profound impact on Human well being, would take responsibility and consider the consequences of their decisions in terms of their own personal loved ones being affected by conscienceless actions taken, such as bombing, polluting, exploiting, and placing more value on profits than on people, then we would begin to see a moral awakening.
We all have various values instilled in us by our upbringing and our life's experiences; we have many different belief systems; we have many different ethnic, racial and religious traditions; but the values which most of us share are those of safety and happiness for our loved ones and ourselves. If these personal values became the criteria by which we evaluate our Human well-being and became the primary focus of Human activity, putting aside short-term self-centered gains, as well as re-thinking old enmities and fears, there might be a happier future for all of Humankind.
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| School of Assassins and Crossing the Line
The United States Army maintains the School of the Americas at its facility in Fort Benning, Georgia. The School trains Latin American military officers in counter-insurgency techniques. Robert Richter Productions has produced two important films about these activities, School of Assassins and Crossing the Line. We have a "must see" streaming video clip from each of these productions available here.
| Hillary Clinton at the U.N.
Hillary Clinton addresses the United Nations for International Women's Day on March 4, 1999.
Format: 32 kbps RealAudio Version 8.
Running time: 25 minutes 52 seconds.
| Hans Küng Interview
Dr. Hans Küng of Switzerland, renowned theologian, philosopher, and prolific author, spoke at United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York on February 19, 1999 on the subject "Human Responsibility for Human Rights: The Challenge". Afterwards, he was briefly interviewed by Mr. Jerry Spivack of the Millennium People's Assembly Network (MPAN) and Ms. Beth Lamont of the American Humanist Association (AHA). Here's a three minute streaming video clip from that interview.
| Here And Now
Here's where we offer video clips from the Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) Public Access cable television show "Here And Now", shown weekly in New York City on the Time Warner Cable and RCN cable systems.
Show of February 3, 1999 (29 minutes total running time) in three segments. Topic was the discussion of Human Values with Larry Gell of the International Agency for Economic Development (IAED) and Beth Lamont of the Humanist Society of Metropolitan New York (HSMNY).
|Additional shows will be made available in the future. (really!)|
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| Did You Know?
That both live and on-demand archived streaming audio and video of United Nations events is available for free on the Internet? Including open sessions of the General Assembly, daily news briefings, UN Television and UN Radio broadcasts, and special events programming. Visit the News and Media Division of the United Nations Department of Public Information.
| We support NetAid.
As part of its 10-year plan to eliminate extreme poverty in the world, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in conjunction with Cisco Systems, KPMG, Akamai Technologies, RealNetworks, and Red Hat, sponsored the largest Webcast in history, NetAid, on October 9, 1999. We urge you to visit and commit yourself to an action. NetAid is currently sponsored by Mercy Corps.
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