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 | 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 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