By John Scales Avery*
13 January 2016
During the years 2012-2015, I wrote a number of articles on the urgent problems which the world is facing today, and also discussed the solutions that are available to us.
A few appeared on Waging Peace, the website of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and in Erudito and Cadmus, (which are journals of the World Academy of Art and Science), or on the website the Learning Development Institute.
The long essay, “Against the Institution of War”was first published by the Pari Center for New Learning.
I am extremely grateful to Editors Binu Mathiew, Antonio C.S. Rosa and Baher Kamel, Professors Ivo Slaus, Gary Jakobs and David Peat, and also to Dr. David Krieger and Dr. Jan Visser for their great kindness and encouragement.
Three collections of these articles and essays will be published by Irene Publishing (http://irenepublishing.com/). Volume 3 is already available on Amazon, and the other volumes will be there within a month or so.
Hon. Matt Robson, New Zealand Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control 1999, has read Part 1, and he was kind enough to write the following comments:
“COLLECTED ESSAYS PART I John Avery
I know John Avery as a scholar and an advocate of peace. If the Old Testament command of an eye for an eye is followed, the whole world will be blind. A far better path for humanity, as John shows in the Essays, is to apply the tools of reason, science and morality to eliminate the underlying causes of war and poverty.
John puts before us the apalling fact that trillions are spent on war and destruction while only a fraction of that wealth produced by humanity is given to the basic needs of all humanity. In such a world, the rich die of cholesterol, the poor of anaemia.
John places [highly] the philosophies of cooperation and solidarity for all human beings, regardless of nationality or belief, practiced by the warriors for peace and non-violence such as Gandhi and Thoreau, and demonstrated that a better and peaceful world is possible.
John reminds us that if the fundamental morality of the great religions were adhered to, war would be impossible. These Essays are an excellent contribution to all those who are working to free the world of war and poverty, and to create a world based on the solidarity of all its peoples.”
I am extremely grateful to Matt of this support, and for all the wonderful work that he has done for the cause of peace, international understanding and nuclear disarmament. I very much hope that my writing will also make a contribution.
We must work together to save human civilization and the biosphere from the twin threats of nuclear war and climate change.
Together we can do it.
*John Scales Avery, Ph.D., who was part of a group that shared the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize for their work in organizing the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, is a member of the TRANSCEND Network and Associate Professor Emeritus at the H.C. Ørsted Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
He is chairman of both the Danish National Pugwash Group and the Danish Peace Academy and received his training in theoretical physics and theoretical chemistry at M.I.T., the University of Chicago and the University of London.
He is the author of numerous books and articles both on scientific topics and on broader social questions. His most recent book is Civilization’s Crisis in the 21st Century http://www.learndev.org/dl/Crisis21-Avery.pdf.
Don’t miss these articles by John Scales Avery in Human Wrongs Watch:
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