What does lasting peace require?

“There are now almost daily reports of aerial military assaults by Khartoum (which alone among the combatants in Darfur has air assets) on civilian targets, especially in the Jebel Marra region. Every such flight is a violation of Resolution 1591, and yet the Security Council does nothing ….

China must not be allowed to manhandle evidence and intimidate the Security Council and its representatives on Darfur. The Council should vote immediately to publish the findings of its own Panel of Experts on Darfur, and if China vetoes the move, then it is the obligation of other members of the Council to make the document public—and much more importantly, to act forcefully. “

– Eric Reeves, Arming Khartoum: China’s complicity in the Darfur genocide (link)

Hi everyone,

Finding Peace: When security comes at too high a price (Saturday, Oct 30 2010)

Finding Peace: When security comes at too high a price (Saturday, Oct 30 2010)

We are huge fans of Eric Reeves.  He and many others have been staunch advocates for the Sudanese who’ve suffered terribly for many years now.  Time and time again there have been numerous prescriptions for Sudan.  Omar Bashir needs to be held accountable.  China needs to stop supporting the genocidal government of Sudan.  The United States must do more to aid those who suffer. We know what needs to happen to get to peace.  Yet, rarely do we hear how to go about doing this.  The path seems cloudy and riddled with doubt and skepticism.  Pure intellectual prescriptions are not enough.  At the heart of every successful human endeavor lies a relationship that is based on mutual respect and trust.  Do we have that at the international level?  Does China really trust the United States?  Have our actions and behavior allowed for such trust to develop?

It’s times like these we need to grieve.  Grieving brings us back into the reality of this moment.  The challenges we face are immense, yet our leaders seem extremely ill equipped to deal with them.  We rarely address the root causes of problems.  It’s been 7+ years since the Bashir government launched their genocidal campaign against the people of Darfur.  Yes, they signed a peace deal with the South in 2005.  For a while there was less violence and chaos.  But did this sow the seeds for lasting peace?  Has the Bashir government genuinely changed their ways?  Will they allow the Southern Sudanese to secede?  Is the south capable of standing on its own?

To better answer these questions, we are in the midst of planning a discussion with our Sudanese friends from San Diego.  We’ll be holding it at St. Mark Presbyterian in Newport Beach on Saturday, Nov 13th.  Save the date!  More details coming shortly.

One of our goals in Living Ubuntu has been to explore and address the root causes of conflict and war engulfing our world today.  We need to start by acknowledging that there are significant wounds on both sides of any issue.  Superficial remedies, prescriptions, peace deals on paper do nothing to address these deeply buried wounds and will not help bring about lasting peace and reconciliation.  We hope you will join us next Saturday, October 30th in San Diego for — Finding Peace: When security comes at too high a price. Early discounted registration ($40) for this workshop ends this Saturday. Please make our lives easier and register online.  All details are on the website.


Barbara & Anshul
Living Ubuntu
livingubuntu.org | blog

“The willingness to stop and be present leads to seeing and relating to circumstances and events with more clarity and directness.  Out of this directness seems to emerge deeper understanding or insight into the life unfolding within and before us.  Such insight allows us the possibility of choosing responses most called for by the situation rather than those reactively driven by fear, habit, or long-standing training.”

– Saki Santorelli

Finding peace: When security comes at too high a price (Saturday, Oct 30th)

Hi everyone,

The rapes in Congo continue.  Elections in Burma are coming up and they will hardly be free or fair.  The Southern Sudanese will decide early next year whether they want to stay part of a unified Sudan.  Will the genocidal Bashir government allow this?  Meanwhile we continue to spend billions of dollars in our wars in Iraq, Afghanistan.  Israel and Palestine seem no closer to an peaceful agreement.

Why is peace so elusive?

“National security” has been the top priority for us as long as I can remember.  Even in these tough economic times, we continue to increase our defense budget.  Our technology and weapons keep getting better and better.  Yet, have we gotten more safe and secure?  Have we built a more peaceful and cohesive society that allows for us to treat each other with more civility and acceptance?  Why is it easier to vent our anger and rage, but not grieve the innumerable losses we have all faced?

Our challenge in Living Ubuntu has always been to attempt to address some of these underlying questions.  It is our deepest conviction that unless we begin to tackle the emotional wounds beneath such issues, we will not find any lasting solutions. There are no shortcuts in life.  We need to get beyond the myopia of short-term thinking and begin to tackle the root causes of these problems.

On Saturday, October 30th, I hope you will join us for Finding Peace: When security comes at too high a price. Our very own Barbara English will be presenting this next workshop in our collaborative series with The Southern California Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis (SCIBA).  All details are below and on the website.

Thank you.

Anshul Mittal
Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu
ocfordarfur.org | blog | facebook

Finding Peace
When security comes at too high a price
Barbara English

Finding Peace.  Workshop by Barbara English

presented by

Living Ubuntu
Southern California Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis

Saturday, October 30 2010
9:30a – 1:00p

University of San Diego
Manchester Conference Center
5998 Alcala Park I
San Diego, CA 92110

Why is “insecurity” so common in our culture?  Why do we stay in meaningless jobs and settle for unfulfilling relationships?  Does the familiar really provide safety?  How does this play out at the societal level?  Why does “national security” trump everything else?

Join us for this presentation where we tackle the deep-seated reasons behind our quest for “security” that is so pervasive in our society.
This is a not-for-profit event.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Advance registration is required.  Please visit http://livingubuntu.org/events for more information.

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If a person has been subject to repeated attacks, he will erect defenses to their danger in the future.  Nations do the same thing with military establishments.  In time, both on a personal level as well as on the national one, maintaining defenses becomes part of the way of life.  However, the existence of defenses maintains the fear of attack, and so one feels justified in further strengthening the defensive position.  But defenses also close one in, with the end result that an individual becomes imprisoned behind his own defensive structure.  If he makes no effort to get out, he will remain relatively free from anxiety behind his walls.

– Alexander Lowen