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The WFWPU sponsored a seminar aimed at calling people to united action to make the world a better place.

We began by posting a provocative statement. “All the worlds problems start from a common cause.”

The key to resolving the many difficult problems facing our country lies in the family.

I will explain why by discussing two problem areas that most people know about.

For example, drugs are a huge problem with which the police, and federal government agencies are fighting a losing battle. This problem can be approached in different ways;

  1. stop the people growing the cocaine or the opium
  2. disrupt the distribution chain
  3. help drug users to overcome their drug addiction
  4. or eliminate the demand by teaching people to not buy or use drugs.

The only way to overcome the scourge of drugs is to eliminate the demand by educating people against buying or even trying* drugs.

* people who sell drugs often initially give away free samples to potential users because they know that they will make an ongoing income once the person becomes addicted.

 

Another example is the problem of human trafficking, especially of women and young girls as young as 13 or 14, which is a growing concern even in so called civilized America. It is now a 32 billion dollar a year criminal business second only to illegal drugs.

Again the only way to overcome this problem is to eliminate the demand from the minds of the men who selfishly indulge their lustful desires like the men of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Because problems like these originate in the mind, it seems impossible that we will ever overcome them. Even St Paul recognized how hard it is to control ones mind.

But there is so much hope, when we understand that God who is absolute and unchanging, never intended that our mind would become our enemy and has been tirelessly, desperately searching for a way to show us how to regain control.

God has inspired men and women to understand both internal and external truth through religion and science.

For example, philosophers study the disciplines of;

  1. Ontology (model of reality as a whole) What is?
  2. Explanation (model of the past) Where does it all come from?
  3. Prediction (model of the future) Where are we going?
  4. Axiology (theory of values) What is good and what is evil?
  5. Praxeology (theory of actions) How should we act?
  6. Epistemology (theory of knowledge) What is true and what is false?

Many great scientists have tried to integrate these areas of study into a complete theory known as a world view. They have by and large failed because of their inability to reconcile religious beliefs and values with their scientific fields of study.

As a result, individuals are left to adopt their own world views that are passed down in their families, learned by experience, and found to describe their reality sufficiently well to “get by” with. But confusion and chaos reign because wrong values lead to wrong behaviors and differing values lead to disagreement, division and conflict.

Teaching children right values through family and school, is what is needed, but not just any values will do.

What is needed is a world view acceptable to all mankind.

  • It must be simple and clear enough to convince even very young children of the existence of God,
  • It must explain how the intended relationship between God and man is to experience in daily life, the same love for other people and the things of nature as God does.
  • It should also explain Gods process and motivation for creating the world and all living things, why the world is not ideal.
  • It should explain how God has been working throughout history to regain the ideal.
  • It should also explain how human beings are to live their daily lives so that their spirit matures along with the physical body and eventually passes into the spiritual world after death to live together with our loved ones for eternity
  • It should explain how scientific knowledge and religious truth can be reconciled.

Once people are educated in such a world view, these concepts will stay with them throughout their lives. Then we can have tremendous hope to protect our children from the temptations of drug sellers or traffickers as they get older.

My hat goes off to those organizations who rescue and rehabilitate a few individuals here and there, but they will never be able to completely solve these problems by dealing only with the victims or imprisoning those making money from these crimes.

All the problems we are facing today in America and around the world are problems of the heart and conscience, which no government or military force or any amount of normal education can impact upon.

Only when large numbers of families come together and educate their children with an absolutely God centered world view can the self-centeredness endemic in society be eliminated.

Gods’ hope is that American families will assume their responsibility to lead the world by raising their young people to become responsible citizens who love others like family, irrespective of color, ethnic, racial or socio-economic background.

If enough American families support one another in taking this responsibility big changes will occur in our communities and in the nation.  Once we start to make progress, the world will follow Americas’ example.

 

Posted in WFWP.


Citizen Consensus Committees

After having previously read a report of an experiment in 1991 by  Maclean’s  magazine in Toronto Canada, a few members of the Kodiak Co-op convened a meeting to discuss the possibility that a political action group could be a good way to inspire people to join the Co-op.

Common Purpose

Most people recognize that governance in the USA is severely compromised by peoples’ lack of trust in their politicians and the politicians lack of trust in the general population.

As described in his book  “Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness Version 4.0 ” Gordon Anderson writes that unless something is done about it, everyone will suffer especially our children.

The writings of many eminent scholars provide credibility to the need for powerful change at a grassroots level. For example, Einstein, Buckminster Fuller, M. Scott Peck, Stephen Covey, Tom Atlee, Peter Corning, Paul Tillich, Roman Kryznaric,  …and many more…

The group agreed that if our nation and world are to be changed, it cannot be done by the use of force. It cannot be done using the political process as it presently stands. Even change brought about by financial power will eventually be brought down.  We must bring change one problem at a time, by democratic means.

We agreed that the core values of the New World Co-op would be a fine basis for dialogue and making decisions.

Suggested Method.

  1. Any Local Co-op could voluntarily establish a Citizen Consensus Council as one of its Connect Groups, then, through our network of Local Co-ops we envision that the we could promote citizen involvement in decision making, which is very lacking at the moment.
  2. All Local Co-ops could submit suggestions for a topic of concern to their Citizen Consensus Council (CCC).
    1. Then by a process we have yet to decide upon, several Local Co-ops could reach a consensus as to which topic we can jointly work on.
    2. Then each Local CCC group would seek out experts on as many sides of the issue as possible to inform them.
    3. Then each Local CCC group would discuss the issue using our core values to resolve the diversity of opinions to arrive at a consensus.
  3. Each Local CCC posts the results of their deliberations on their Local Co-op website.

The aim ultimately, is to educate Co-op members in the effectiveness of reaching agreement through the synergy process, by actually harnessing the tension between divergent views and opinions.

Philosophical Foundation.

The universal principles of relationships as taught by Reverend Moon, -Dual Characteristics, Unity through Give and Receive Action,  God’s love in the Indirect Dominion during the period of growth and Gods’ love in the Direct Dominion can inform us clearly that;

  1. Through the ages, human relationships have developed through three stages from Win-Lose, to Win-Win and will be completed in this age of
    Win-Win-Win. Where the third “Win” is a win for God, meaning the parties must seek to understand Gods viewpoint.
  2. When human relationships strive to fulfill the Triple Objects Purpose and Four Position Foundation, synergy will always appear. This is because, while the parties to the relationship are initially in the Indirect Dominion of God, synergy is the way in which God rewards His children when they establish good conditions by fulfilling their responsibility in relation to at least one other person.
  3. Once a person learns to make this a habit, they enter the Direct Dominion of God which is equivalent to “emergence”. At this point a person is always living for the sake of others, with the same heart and wisdom as God.
  4. Synergy requires diversity and give and receive action (cooperation) between at least two parties. This is why the universe was created with diversity so that Gods love could be revealed.
  5. We must use the current democratic process but we must infuse it with synergy – meaning with Gods’ love.
  6. Where ever there is division and contention our role is to act as ambassadors for peace, guiding and facilitating the parties to experience synergy.

Report by David Cooper

 

 

 

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Drug Information

On Saturday October 10th, the Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP) sponsored a presentation by the Drug Enforcement Officer for Kodiak (name withheld for anonymity as he works under cover).

Ten women from the WFWP attended and put on a light lunch for the 5 guests who came to the meeting.

The officer shared how the presence of drugs in Kodiak has been increasing partly because the dealers coming from out of state can get almost twice as much for their drugs here as they can in the lower 48, and partly because Kodiak seems like an open place with very little surveillance compared with other airports and sea ports.

He showed some examples of what to look for in your tenants’ or teenagers’ room. Things like specially engineered soft drink cans with removable bottoms, and hidden compartments in cases normally used to carry fishing or hunting gear.

He said that the reason most often given by young people who are caught with drugs, is that they were bored.

Posted in WFWP.


Domestic Violence

On October 24th, the Women’s Federation for World Peace sponsored a presentation on domestic violence at the Kodiak Family Church meeting room.

The presenters were Rebecca (Beckie) Shields, executive director of the Kodiak Women’s Resource and Crisis Center and Beth Davis, a faith advocate with the center.

First Shields explained that the problem is not always about hitting, but it is any coercive relationship where the victim is living in an environment of fear. Its about one person behaving in controlling ways, like putting a woman down verbally all the time or withholding money and then accusing the woman of not meeting the families food needs.

Beth talked about the extra difficulty that women from a faith group might face. Because churches place so much emphasis on good families and good wives etc, this can become a barrier for a victim to come forward because they feel so guilty about not being a good person, wife or parent. For this reason churches must be tender, gentle and wise when dealing with any person who plucks up the courage to talk about the difficulties in their relationship. We must also think about the husbands viewpoint and what can be done to help him.

Children too, often witness domestic violence, but don’t know what to do about it, they only know that for some reason those who are supposed to be caring for them don’t. Quite often older children and teens will turn to drugs, alcohol or gangs to try to get their needs met.

During question time, David asked Beckie whether the KWRCC would be open to having us support their outreach efforts into the schools. Beckie said that they would and David replied that he would look into what he could find from the WFWP in the way of educational resources for young people.

Posted in WFWP.