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World without Wars and Violence

International Humanist Organisation - Official Website

11th November 2011

In 2011 we have taken great steps towards a better world. Millions of people, in hundreds of cities around the world are coming together to say no to this violent and brutal system that exploits human dignity and creates a world full of wars, hunger and generalised poverty and violence. On the 15th of October, people in 951 cities came simultaneously together under the umbrella of nonviolence and this was the first step towards the creation of a new world.
The next step is for people to start connecting with the best parts of themselves, avoiding the violent speculators of the system, raising our level, and all together IMAGINING the world we want to create.

This social movement taking shape around the world is like no other in history because it pays simultaneous attention to the individual and society as a whole. Although the end to the financial system and its methods is our number one goal, it is clear that we are going much further than this since we are only just beginning to understand the power of the 99% of people.

If, we, the 99% of people don’t stand for this abuse of our lives anymore it means that we are ready to imagine something better. You can’t create what you haven’t seen in your imagination. This will prepare us to stop collaborating with the system that reigns over us today and start constructing the future with our own hands.

Evolution is through the path called ‘Imagination’.  Not many centuries ago the end to slavery would have appeared as a utopia to a large number of people, until the moment when someone dared to imagine it. As Albert Einstein said: “Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions."

Today, more powerful in wisdom than ever, people are ready to make a step forward towards a truly human society and bring an end to the prehistory we live in now.

On 11.11.11, a symbolic date in the calendar, we choose to come out all over the world once again to the squares and the streets. This time we are ready to exchange a common experience, an experience that might open the door to the future.

This is a text that might be helpful towards this direction and can be used on that date. It is inspired by the ceremonies of experience found in Silo’s Message:

Experience for 11.11.11

We are here on the 11th of November, 2011—11.11.11.  In various parts of the world and right now we want to concentrate our minds on the world we want to live in, a world without violence, injustice and discrimination, a world where every human being has the right to live a dignified life. We built our lives over millions of seconds but sometimes 11 of them are enough to change its direction. This is an experience of trying to get in touch with the best part of ourselves and others.

Let's gather close to each other. Anyone who wants can close their eyes.  And let's seek a moment of profound contact with ourselves, following what will be read.

I feel my body calm, my mind quiet and my heart in peace...

I remember the moments when life felt like the future was open...

I evoke a feeling of hope and liberation, deep and true that, arising from my chest, invades my body, my heart and my mind...

I feel my chest and my heart like an open door to the world...

I feel my inner strength and my best aspirations awaken...

Let's take 11 seconds to consider the situation of the world that would allow all human beings to share this feeling of peace that we all share now…

Then I take a moment to reflect and try to feel the value and importance of what I can do with my life in this direction…

This has been good for us and inspiring for our lives.  Greetings to all those sharing this sense of well being that we are projecting into the world, reinforced by the wellbeing projected by people all around the world who are sharing this moment with us today.