“Word are just words, what matters is the connection they imply.”
Definitive approach to effective internalization of universal values
The values of peace, freedom, social progress, equal rights and human dignity, enshrined in the Charter of the United nations and in the Universal declaration of human rights, are no less valid today than when, over half a century ago, those documents were drafted by representatives of many different nations and cultures.
And they were not any more fully realized in actual human conduct at that time than they are now. Those great documents expressed an optimistic vision, not a description of existing realities.
The values of our founders are still not fully realized, far from it. But they are much more broadly accepted today than they were a few decades ago. The Universal declaration, in particular, has been accepted in legal systems across the world, and has become a point of reference for people who long for human rights in every country. The world has improved, and the United nations has made an important contribution.
But universal values are also more acutely needed, in this age of globalization, than ever before. Every society needs to be bound together by common values, so that its members know what to expect of each other, and have some shared principles by which to manage their differences without resorting to violence.
That is true of local communities and of national communities. Today, as globalization brings us all closer together, and our lives are affected almost instantly by things that people say and do on the far side of the world, we also feel the need to live as a global community. And we can do so only if we have global values to bind us together.
But recent events have shown that we cannot take our global values for granted. I sense a great deal of anxiety around the world that the fabric of international relations may be starting to unravel –- and that globalization itself may be in jeopardy.
Globalization has brought great opportunities, but also many new stresses and dislocations. There is a backlash against it precisely because we have not managed it in accordance with the universal values we claim to believe in.
In the Universal declaration it was proclaimed that “everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services”.
In the Millennium declaration, all states reaffirmed certain fundamental values as being “essential to international relations in the twenty-first century”: freedom, equality, solidarity, tolerance, respect for nature, and shared responsibility. They adopted practical, achievable targets –- the Millennium development goals –- for relieving the blight of extreme poverty and making such rights as education, basic health care and clean water a reality for all.
Many millions of people in the world today are still far from enjoying these rights in practice. That could be changed, if governments in both rich and poor countries lived up to their commitments. Yet, three years after the Millennium Declaration, our attention is focused on issues of war and peace, and we are in danger of forgetting these solemn commitments to fulfill basic human rights and human needs.
Globalization has brought us closer together in the sense that we are all affected by each other’s actions, but not in the sense that we all share the benefits and the burdens. Instead, we have allowed it to drive us further apart, increasing the disparities in wealth and power both between societies and within them.
This makes a mockery of universal values. It is not surprising that, in the backlash, those values have come under attack, at the very moment when we most need them. Whether one looks at peace and security, at trade and markets, or at social and cultural attitudes, we seem to be in danger of living in an age of mutual distrust, fear and protectionism – an age when people turn in on themselves, instead of turning outwards to exchange with, and learn from, each other.
Disillusioned with globalization, many people have retreated into narrower interpretations of community. This in turn leads to conflicting value systems, which encourage people to exclude some of their fellow human beings from the scope of their empathy and solidarity, because they do not share the same religious or political beliefs, or cultural heritage, or even skin color.
We have seen what disastrous consequences such particular value systems can have: ethnic cleansing, genocide, terrorism, and the spread of fear, hatred and discrimination. We need to find within ourselves the will to live by the values we proclaim – in our private lives, in our local and national societies, and in the world. So this is a time to reassert our universal values.
You have to feel unity to manifest unity
This is why we are proposing a different approach, an idea of Universal declaration of unity, where expression “human rights” containing an inherently isolationist meaning (what about animal rights, environmental sustainability … whereas humans are a part of a undividable larger whole) is replaced with the word “Unity”, which is in linguistic and semantic terms way more powerful intention than just taking care of rights of just some inhabitants of this world.
Goal of this movement is to achieve adoption of the United nations of a new paradigm in an upgraded charter and write it down in linguistic terms that are reflecting an intention to Unity.
We are proposing a complete roadmap to a society of Unity, a society based on the flow philosophy.
It all starts with a single cell, single person, we need to work first from bottom up, to understand that values must be felt and not just understood. It is the underlying emotional and mental background that puts words, values & ideas into a context.
Since science is unanonimous on how this transpersonal feelings of unity can be achieved within an individual, we propose that the principles of flow are adopted and integrated into every fabric of society.
If only in flow we are actually able to see, feel and “understand” our transpersonal nature, then it is that through combination of state of flow and it’s coupling with the context of unity, expressed in words, that we can provide through meaning to the concept of Unity. Universal values can only be put into context of Unity if is riding on a background wave of deep inner felt and understanding it on emotional level.
There is no other way, you have to feel it, you have to put it in a context.
Then in effect, an individual level manifestation of internalized universal values arising from altered perception lead to progressive collective level dynamics with effective application of universal values on global level.