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Question: Are nonkilling societies possible?, If yes, what should we be doing? If not, what will happen to us? CPNN article: Legacy of a Nonviolent Political Leader: Governor Guillermo Gaviria of
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Posted: Dec. 31 1999,17:00

This discussion question applies to the following articles:

Legacy of a Nonviolent Political Leader: Governor Guillermo Gaviria of
Non-Killing: A dangerous idea?
A Paradigm Shift to a Nonkilling World Future
Connecticut Legislature Considers Death Penalty Ban
Getting Clues About Peaceful Societies
Everyone can be A Center for Global Nonkilling
Killing-Free Societies Are Possible
The Seville Statement on Violence: twenty-five years later
Se cuestionan supuestos de violencia en Sudamérica
Questioning Violence-Justifying Beliefs in South America
Work of the Center for Global Nonkilling is gaining recognition
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Posted: Aug. 21 2003,05:37

"Are nonkilling societies possible?"  In 1986, A question very similar to this was given to leading scientists from around the world: "Does modern biology and social science know of any biological factors that constitute an insurmountable or serious obstacle to the goal of world peace."

Their answer was "NO!"

They examined the scientific evidence and concluded that...
...we have not inherited war from our animal ancestors
...war is not genetically programmed into our human nature
...human evolution has not selected for war
...humans do not have a "violent brain"
...there is no instinct or motivation for war

They concluded that "the same species who invented war is capable of inventing peace.  the responsibility lies with each of us."

This Statement, the Seville Statement on Violence, was later endorsed by the leading professional organizations in the relevant fields, the American Anthropological Association, American Psychological Association and American Sociological Association.

The latest newsletters about the Statement are on line for November 2002 and March 2003.

With regard to the question posted here, I especially recommend that readers look at the review of  "Killology" in the March 2003 Newsletter.
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Posted: Aug. 25 2003,05:14

Quote (Joe @ Aug. 24 2003,17:38)
The latest newsletters about the Statement are on line for November 2002 and March 2003.
Cool....where can we find the newsletters?

Sorry, I forgot to give the URLs for the Seville Statement newsletters.

Here it is again with the links.

November 2002 newsletter

March 2003 newsletter

Killology review

Edited by David Adams on Aug. 25 2003,05:34
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Posted: Aug. 29 2003,19:33

David, I did read the touching letter from Gaviria to his father.
and I am glad you gave a reference to Killology. It is a great term, and probably applies to domestic violence as well as state sponsored military violence.
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CPNN Administrator
Posted: Sep. 26 2003,17:35

For more on this topic, see the review of the new book by Glenn Paige, Nonkilling Global Political Science.
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Posted: June 13 2005,08:55

Tony, the web site you referenced in your article on Peaceful Societies is an excellent one. There is good news posted every day. A welcome addition to chase the blues away as we confront the culture of war which surrounds us.
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Posted: Jan. 16 2007,12:46

I wanted to pass on some good news found in Christian Science Monitor, 1/12/07: "The number of conflicts in Africa has dropped to just five in 2005, from a peak of 16 in 2002."
Ann McLaughlin, Director, NGOabroad
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Posted: Dec. 14 2010,01:06

Of course, they are made of people.  Non-killing people are possible(of humans) so I think it's important to understand how these people communicate to themselves and how they interpret the words and actions of others.  Franz DeWaal is biologist who is explaining us as social animals with innate capacities of morality.  Any organization or person that kills really needs to listen to how peaceful people do the right thing.  Once they see how its possible, their innate capacities will take over as it has done for us.  It's a matter of belief... peace must seem like a really positive thing to do, instinctually... it's just how are human family is.  We don't fight each other like children, etc.... our self-fulfilling prophesies will always win.
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David Adams
Posted: Feb. 01 2015,12:20

Promoting Communication Literacy through Principles of Compassion for a Nonviolent Planet

by Vedabhyas Kundu

At a time when there are conflicts at different level around the world, promoting COMMUNICATION LITERACY through principles of compassion is a necessity so as to bring people together and collectively work for global peace.

Compassion and feelings for others are essential ingredients for human unity. Swami Vivekananda had said, “Do you feel for others? If you do, you are growing in oneness. If you do not feel for others, you may be the most intellectual giant ever born, but you will be nothing; you are but dry intellect, and you will remain so.”

Indeed in today’s contemporary society when there are so much of differences and intolerance, if we can’t promote feeling and compassion for others, we cannot promote oneness amongst one another. There seems to be crisis of values and little respect for each other’s ideas and perspective. For a large number of people, the self seems to be the supreme and are agnostic about the feelings of others. Anger and hatred towards each other seems to be found in abundance. All these will lead to greater conflicts and ill feelings amongst fellow beings. Swami Vivekananda pertinently underlines that howsoever one may acquire intellectual power, without compassion for others, one is nothing.

The essence of compassion has been stressed by the Dalai Lama who says, “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” Mother Teresa had also said, “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” Without compassion we cannot think of actions by humans which are benevolent in nature; without compassion the spirit of volunteerism for greater good of our society would be missing.

My case in point is how we can promote communication in our society which is based on the principles of compassion. One way is by learning to listening to others. Listening with patience and not trying to outdo others would make our communication nonviolent and evolve a spirit of compassion and love. The other would be to be guided by the philosophy of mutual respect. When we have respect for each other, our channels of communications cannot be violent.  
Miscommunication and breakdown in communications can be mended by ephemeral qualities and principles of compassion. We have to believe that in situations of conflicts, no one is the perpetrator; developing communicative skills that would help resolve conflicts by ensuring no one was the winner and no one was the loser is the key challenge.

So our challenge in today’s world is how we can promote COMMUNICATION LITERACY amongst the citizenry especially the youth which can help develop their communicative skills for resolving conflicts through nonviolence, love and benevolence. We have to see as in the words of senior Gandhian, Shri Natwar Thakkar, use our communicative skills for emotional bridge building and see how our anger and hatred subsides through our use of expressions and words.

At the end, it would be pertinent to quote Irina Bokova who said “It is up to every one of us to bind the community of humanity together, to build a common space that excludes no one, regardless of continent, origin, age or gender.”  This is the only way for a nonviolent planet and is only possible if we communicate with other through compassion, love and mutual respect.
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