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Living Beyond War

Author(s): Winslow Myers

ISBN13: 9781570758270

ISBN10: 1570758271

Publisher: ORBIS BOOKS

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  • After thousands of years, the dream of a world without war may seem hopelessly unrealistic. But, as Winslow Myers shows in this concise, eloquent primer, what is truly unrealistic is the notion that war remains a reasonable solution to the conflicts on our planet. He begins by showing why war has become obsolete (though obviously not extinct): it doesnt solve the problems that supposedly justify it; its costs are unacceptably high; the destructiveness of modern weapons could lead to human extinction; and there are better alternatives. After elaborating on these points, he outlines a new way of thinking that will be necessary if we are to move beyond war, in particular, recognition of our "oneness" and global interdependence. Finally, he outlines practical alternatives and inspiring examples that anticipate the goal of a world "beyond war."

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    This work will enable a new Earth Community to blossom forth, one as different from the 20th century Earth as a butterfly is from a cloud of hydrogen gas.

    - Brian Swimme, author, The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos

    "Window Myers has not only written an important story about the causes and consequences of war, but also provides a comprehensive roadmap for the journey to a world of which humanity has long dreamed, a world beyond war. "

    -Richard Rathbun, President, Foundation for Global Community

    At a time when we often feel overwhelmed by so many specific challenges, this book reminds us of two important overarching problems that transcend the specifics. First, war in all its forms is the problem. Second, the roots of war lie in the values and assumptions most people everywhere bring to conflict. These values and assumptions are deeply held, but this book argues not only that they must be changed but also that they can be changed. "

    -Chip Hauss, Alliance for Peacebuilding, George Mason University

    A winsome manifesto, at once lyrical and hard-edged, Living Beyond War evokes the new vista of 2lst century possibilities that only now seem imaginable.... Window Myers etches the power of dialogue to build what Victor Turner called communitas, a sense of shared values, collective labor, and good will, that cuts through argument, disables stereotypes, and outlives fear. "

    -Bruce Lawrence, Professor of Islamic Studies, Duke University


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