January 25, 2007
World Economic Forum Around Corner
If only we could spend our lives going to "intelligent" events and conferences and in doing so, move social, political and economic dynamics to the next level simply by being there. I'm missing another World Economic Forum, which will be in action later this month.
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I have entitled this piece "A Retired Teacher and Internationalist: After 50 Years" because after 50 years of seeing the world's problems as quintessentially global, I find the world is all of sudden joining me--and global warming seems to be the vehicle for this global push. I post the introductory paragraph of a 38 page paper presented by the Baha'i International Community at the 50th anniversary of the founding of the UN because I think this paper presented back in 1995 contains perspectives that are more relevant today that they were then:
Unification of the whole of mankind is the hall-mark of the stage which human society is now approaching. Unity of family, of tribe, of city-state, and nation have been successively attempted and fully established. World unity is the goal towards which a harassed humanity is striving. Nation-building has come to an end. The anarchy inherent in state sovereignty is moving towards a climax. A world, growing to maturity, must abandon this fetish, recognize the oneness and wholeness of human relationships, and establish once for all the machinery that can best incarnate this fundamental principle of its life. -Shoghi Effendi, 1936
Posted by: RonPrice | Feb 4, 2007 2:11:04 AM
These comments of Virginia Woolf help me on my way:
TACKING THIS WAY AND THAT
We do not know our own souls, let alone the souls of others. In this unknowing state, we each have our virgin forests, our snowfields where no birds’ feet have walked. Here we are alone, unaccompanied. No effort to communicate, to civilize, to share, to cultivate the desert, to educate the native, takes place. It is better that this is so. For in this aloneness we can come to learn of our own soul. -Ron Price with thanks to Virginia Woolf in The Flight of the Mind: Virginia Woolf’s Art and Manic-Depresive Illness, Thomas C. Caramagno, University of California Press, Berkeley, 1992, p. 305.
The problem of identity is always unfinished. Thinking is a confederation of narratives, a work of art. The ego sees only one facet of experience at a time and creates the illusion of unity and coherence only by filtering out dissonance.
-Ron Price with thanks to Virginia Woolf, ibid.
Such porous vessels afloat on these
ocean waves, sensitive plates exposed
to invisible rays, taking our breath into
our sails we tack this way and that running
after our tails. So much tumultuous thought
in a chaos of form, transformed into meaning
within some kind of norm; fragmented perception,
wildly askew, coupled acutely in cool morning dew.
The moods of the hour, the thoughts of the year,
absorbed so intensely, sometimes amidst fear.
The feeling’s exquisite, the shuddering’s cold,
inconsistencies rub me and often take hold.
With stability established, conflict still bites
in the warm rooms of home on very cold nights.
22 April 1997
Posted by: RonPrice | Feb 4, 2007 2:14:45 AM