Peace Sustainable Only Through Human Unity

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A Sustainable World at Peace Will Only Happen When Humanity Recognizes Its Underlying Inner Unity, a Global Group Delivering a Petition to the United Nations Said. Humanity’s Team, Delivering a Global Petition 11 A.M. Thursday Appealing to the World Body to Declare an Annual Oneness Day, Said Most Chronic and Acute World Problems Can Be Traced to a Single Root Cause, and That Root Cause Is an Illusion of Separation -- Separation From Each Other, From the Earth and From the Rest of Life.

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“Would the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks have occurred if humanity recognized we are all one?” Steve Farrell said. “Would we tolerate accelerated global warming, extreme poverty and hunger, and gender inequality?”

A sustainable world at peace will only happen when humanity recognizes its underlying inner unity, a global group delivering a petition to the United Nations said.

Humanity’s Team, delivering a global petition 11 a.m. Thursday appealing to the world body to declare an annual Oneness Day, said most chronic and acute world problems can be traced to a single root cause, and that root cause is an illusion of separation -- separation from each other, from the earth and from the rest of life.

Science increasingly shows the illusion of separation is as false as the once-common fallacy the earth is flat, Humanity’s Team said.

By contrast, recognizing humanity’s inner unity, or oneness, is the key to solving the problems, said the movement, active in more than 90 countries.

“Would the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks have occurred if humanity recognized we are all one?” Humanity’s Team Worldwide Coordinating Director Steve Farrell said. “Would we tolerate accelerated global warming, extreme poverty and hunger, and gender inequality? Would we fight each other under the banner of organized religion and in the name of God?”

The petition -- which is continuing but has so far been signed by more than 50,000 people from 168 countries, including by South African Nobel Peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu -- will be received by Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury on behalf of the landmark U.N. Culture of Peace initiative.

Chowdhury, a former undersecretary-general and high representative of the United Nations, is the leading emissary of the Culture of Peace, considered one of the most significant and enduring U.N. legacies.

Chowdhury himself spoke at a 2008 Culture of Peace distinguished speakers series in Santa Monica, Calif., of the emerging possibility he saw of a “new global civilization based on inner oneness and outer diversity.”

The proposed Oneness Day -- which Humanity’s Team and its non-governmental organization collaborators hope, with U.N. member state support, will become a General Assembly resolution -- would provide opportunities for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts demonstrating unity, diversity, harmony and compassion on a shared date, comparable to what happens on Earth Day.

“These practical acts and workable tools would give people tangible, experiential proof of the viability of peace through oneness and encourage us all to expand our hopes, beliefs and behaviors so that, a generation from now, oneness will permeate all aspects of life,” Farrell said.

“The awareness that even with our differences we are all one -- and the creation of behavioral codes and international agreements reflecting this awareness -- would shift the political, economic and spiritual reality so humanity can finally realize the dream it has had since time immemorial of a world living in peace, harmony and happiness,” Farrell said.

Before delivering the petition, Humanity’s Team delegates from 13 countries will participate in a public Oneness Day meditation organized in support of the petition by the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns (NY) at the United Nations.

The 30-minute meditation will take place in the U.N. Meditation Room, off the main U.N. Visitors Lobby, starting at 10 a.m. EDT.

In a show of synchronized unity, Oneness Day supporters not at the United Nations will hold simultaneous meditations at that hour wherever they are in the world, Humanity’s Team said.

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