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A Brief Introduction to our
Take the time to explore this site,
you will not be disappointed. As
you arrive at our HOME
page you see a 'stick figure', with seemingly arms raised, not in
alarm, nor in a pose of surrender, but rather in joy and exuberance. This figure is symbolic of the citizen,
not the common and ordinary—but an ideal citizen. The ideal citizen, not as absolute, and
static person, not degenerating but instead, one that is evolving.
We are all surrounded by a world
that seems to be mired in wars, corruption, and disillusion… don’t we, as fellow
citizens deserve a better society, a better world for our children and the
children of tomorrow -- a world not imbued in poverty, violence, fear, hatred,
ignorance and injustice but instead a world freed from such chains ?
When I was a young university student, I was
faced with a question by one of my professors, regarding the nature of man that
I still struggle with—is man a savage or a noble being ? These many years later, as I observe the
developments of what has become and is becoming history, that same question
haunts mankind, I think. The
genocide in Rwanda, in Serbia, in Sierra Leone, and lately in the Sudan
foreshadows that question. Events
in our own nation such as the 9-11 tragedy, and the irrational response by the Bush
administration which espouses violence, the use of preemptive war, of curtailed
civil liberties, the use of torture, the development of assassination as an
acceptable and viable tool of foreign policy; all this accentuates for me that
perennial question regarding the nature of man.
Perhaps I am simplistic in my views
or idealistic, or just perhaps, maybe I am an eternal optimist—but I choose to
join the company of Rousseau,
Maslow but also Viktor Frankl.
I choose to think and believe, that man is capable of great
accomplishments and deeds, as the Psychologist Maslow theorized; mankind is
capable of self-actualizing, if given the proper environment and opportunity for
development. But self-actualization
cannot happen amid rampant poverty, amid gross injustice, be it economic or
civil. All citizens deserve to be
treated in egalitarian terms, with the same rights and opportunities. In short we all deserve a society that
is democratic, not in name, but in deeds.
But such a society is not just American, it is a world society, you
see. So the ‘stick figure’, on our
front page is representative of that kind of individual-- who amid the strife of
this world, yearns for and fights for, in words and with nonviolent deeds, for a
better society, for a better world. This individual dares not only to dream,
but rather strives to make such dreams concrete reality.
Another page on our site presents
thoughts of INSPIRATION, revolving around
themes like democracy, liberty, tyranny as well as other themes yet to
come. The thoughts expressed, are
brief quotes or excerpts from philosophers, theologians, writers, and
others. We title this page INSPIRATION, because amid the disillusionment
in our present society, what we lack most is the path to a better world, we lack
hope, we lack Heroes to be emulated; like Albert Schweitzer, Eleanor Roosevelt,
Thomas Paine, Ghandhi and so many others. It is hoped that whenever your soul
feels empty, whenever you feel overwhelmed by the darkness of the times,
whenever you yearn to be refreshed by ideas of hope, or provoked by thoughts and
questions worth considering, that you log on, and consult this page of ours
Our semi-monthly newsletter is
presented on another page and as usual, will cover a myriad of
The ARCHIVES page retains all our previous newsletter issues, as
well as image files and essays.
The BOOKS page lists a recommended reading list, composed and
suggested by our Editor. Brief reviews along with other detailed
information about each book is presented.
The LINKS page, cites references to sites not affiliated with our
organization. Sites are grouped according to topic such as; Alternative News,
Opinion, Activism, etc.
We give prominence to a COUNSELING page, referencing links to
organizations, and entities that provide counseling and treatment, because we
firmly believe that one of the greatest afflictions that citizens face is
addiction. Our nation is faced by a
plague that must be battled by each of us in some manner. Whether the addiction is narcotics, or
alcohol, it needs to be overcome.
Other sites tied to some form of violence, warranting counseling support
will also be listed.
We also have a NEWS-LINK TICKER that lists breaking news stories and
commentary, which is updated every 24 hours on weekdays.
In conclusion, we hope that our site
becomes one of your favorite destinations on the WORLD WIDE WEB; whether as a
source of discussion, inspiration, or as a bridge to other WEB pages referenced
Feel free to send your comments,
suggestions or articles for publication. We challenge you to join us in the
mission to help make a better world possible with PEACE for all-- a
brighter world that uses the tools of the enlightenment; reason and
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of external websites. The inclusion of a link does not constitute an
endorsement of any opinions, viewpoints nor of arguments cited. We seek
to provide access to dissenting views not often available in mainstream
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