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Is universal peace possible?

A Jaina RESPONSE to its DEEPER Aspects

– Dr. Sohan Lal Gandhi

 

The Backdrop and Analysis of the Current Tension

On October 2, the world celebrated the International Day of Nonviolence in honour of Mahatma Gandhi, an apostle of ahimsa who used nonviolence as a powerful weapon to defeat the forces of violence represented by imperialism. Appalled by the rising tide of a culture of violence and hatred, on June 15, 2007 the member states of the United Nations unanimously voted to establish October 2 as the International Day of Nonviolence and commemorate it every year for the dissemination of the message of nonviolence worldwide. Only a few days back we also commemorated the International Day of Peace on September 21 and International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons on September 26. The main objective of the celebration of these three days in a year declared by UN as extremely significant is to create a universal awareness of peace, make the world realize that nuclear weapons are a great threat to our existence, and the only means to achieve global peace is nonviolence. But I wonder if the children and youths of the schools and colleges across the world even know about these days, not to speak of their significance for the world. The media does highlight them prominently only when these days appear in a year. However, the lackluster way in which these days are observed and the ritual of celebration is performed shows how serious the Government agencies and people are about the cause of peace.

 
Integration of Bowen's Family System Theory
I come from a culture where family is considered the core of everyone’s existence. In the religious terms, it is the domestic church. In the social terms, it is the origin of society. In the political sense, it is considered the root of all politics, and in the global aspect, it is referred to as the reflection of the world we live in. My mother (God bless her soul) used to insist that if we want to make a difference in the community, we had to start from home, and indeed, she kept reminding us that charity begins from home.
 
EMERGING MYTHS AND REALITIES IN TEACHING AND LEARNING

By
Gerhard Berchtold, PhD

Universidad Azteca, Chalco-Mexico

February 10, 2012

Dr. Gerhard Berchtold identifies and compares various accreditation agencies. This article discusses the importance of international accreditation, along with quality auditing and certification.

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Revive an Old World

By
John M. Toothman, PhD
Professor of Psychology,  IOU Foundation

July 12, 2011

 

 

A sense of urgency is building about the malaise that hangs over society like a dark cloud of air pollution. A dismal struggle awaits any citizen of the world whose culture and social environment becomes increasingly dangerous, decaying, and hopeless. Cultural pollution is no less threatening than air pollution. Both deny healthy survival and ultimately threaten one’s very existence.
 
Natural Scholarship Shifts of Academics

By Cynthia Jackson, PhD,  IOU Foundation

Key Note Presentation, Florida Memorial University Faculty Senate Conference

May 1, 2011

 

I was asked to talk about the “tension” between and among teaching, research, and scholarship. I am passionate about today’s topic. I consider it one concern in higher education that needs to be visited on a regular basis, given the rapid changing environment of producing and disseminating knowledge. I am going to share my thoughts and experiences, and will disclose parts of my journey in coming to where I am on what I consider to be a perceived tension between and among teaching, research and scholarship. What some see as tension, I see as natural shifts in scholarship.
 
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