Day: December 30, 2008

United Nations, Global Warming and PEACE — Alliance of Civilizations

In light of the last decade of grisly wars and the truth that Global Warming now poses the biggest collective threat to mankind it is time to revisit what the United Nations has in mind. After taking a look the other day at Dr. Samuel Huntington’s book “Clash of Civilizations” and rethinking this through the lens of Depth Psychology and the emergent field of ECOPSYCHOLOGY and then seeing what the Alliance of Civilizations has in mind regarding using the poetry of RUMI as an olive branch — I see RUMI as the perfect place to start in terms of cross-cultural healing via an exploration of Civilization’s greatest poets and artists as an interfaith dialogue.

Here is the United Nations from the wikipedia:

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“…The United Nations (UN) is an international organization whose stated aims are to facilitate cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress, human rights and achieving world peace. The UN was founded in 1945 after World War II to replace the League of Nations, to stop wars between countries and to provide a platform for dialogue.

There are currently 192 member states, including nearly every recognized independent state in the world. From its headquarters on international territory in New York City, the UN and its specialized agencies decide on substantive and administrative issues in regular meetings held throughout the year…”

As an American, I believe in the United Nations because of what they stand for. The man who is running it — Ban Ki-moon had this to say about GLOBAL WARMING:

“…Ban early on identified global warming as one of the key issues of his administration. In a White House meeting with U.S. President George W. Bush in January, Ban urged Bush to take steps to curb greenhouse gas emissions. On 1 March 2007 in a speech before the UN General Assembly Hall, Ban further emphasized his concerns about global warming. Ban stated, “For my generation, coming of age at the height of the Cold War, fear of nuclear winter seemed the leading existential threat on the horizon. But the danger posed by war to all humanity—and to our planet—is at least matched by climate change.”[5

Since Mr. Ki-moon declined to say what his religion was I thought we might segue over to some EASTERN poets using RUMI’s work as a launching point in light of the contemplative tradition. And also because the poems use the beauty of nature as well…

You see, no one in the world who loves nature wants to see it come to an end. Do we? And this is why the Alliance of Civilizations is the best hope we’ve got right now. Rather than the “Clash of Civilizations.”

Here is another of Rumi’s pieces…and why Mr. Ki-moon wanted to start with RUMI.

Say I am You

I am dust particles in sunlight.
I am the round sun.

To the bits of dust I say, Stay.
To the sun, Keep moving.

I am morning mist,
and the breathing of evening.
I am wind in the top of a grove,
and surf on the cliff.

Mast, rudder, helmsman, and keel,
I am also the coral reef they founder on.

I am a tree with a trained parrot in its branches.
Silence, thought, and voice.

The musical air coming through a flute,
a spark of stone, a flickering in metal.
Both candle and the moth crazy around it.
Rose, and the nightingale lost in the fragrance.

I am all orders of being, the circling galaxy,
the evolutionary intelligence, the lift, and the falling away.

What is, and what isn’t.

You who know, Jelaluddin,
You the one in all, say who I am.
Say I am you.


Here is Ko Un, from Korea –the poem is called “Two beggars”

Two beggars

sharing a meal of the food they’ve been given

The new moon shines intensely


and here is Basho — who writes much as Ko Un — only from Japan:

A field of cotton –

as if the moon

had flowered.

One way the world can understand itself is by its poets!

Because they are all human beings, they have written poems that sing into the heart of humanity all over the globe.

And, everyone can understand a poem.  Poetry is some of the most beautiful ART in the world — a humanitarian wishes to see all the world exposed to the humanities — more than likely because it is DIPLOMATIC to do so.

As a child I was exposed to UNICEF.  I was very lucky to have been exposed to many things about the world by my Uncle in childhood.  Especially poetry.  I plan to take a trip through those poems and ancient philosophers by using Art History — my source will be the Wikipedia for that…as well as mythology and story.

All cultures across the world have their poets.  I hope to help span the divides by fostering a sharing for diversity’s sake.