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Wisdom Books: Guides to Peace and Justice from Ancient Sages to the Suffragettes by Sanderson Beck



In the Atomic Age
the permanent political unification of mankind
on a literally world-wide scale
is evidently the only alternative that we have
to the infliction on ourselves of a catastrophe
of unprecedented and immeasurable dimensions.
All past attempts at establishing world peace
are therefore of topical interest for us today.
Arnold Toynbee, 1963

In 1851 Victor Hugo addressed the Peace Congress in Paris and prophesied that universal peace is inevitable when the nations are linked together by the Gospel that substitutes mediation for war. He proclaimed that the law of God is not war, but peace. He noted that before France was united, local regions fought each other often, and he predicted that the ballot box would unite the nations as well. The great novelist spoke prophetically when he said,

A day will come when there will be no more battlefields,
but markets opening to commerce and minds opening to ideas.
A day will come when the bullets and bombs
are replaced by votes, by universal suffrage,
by the venerable arbitration of a great supreme senate
which will be to Europe what Parliament is to England,
the Diet to Germany, and the Legislative Assembly to France.
A day will come when a cannon will be a museum-piece,
as instruments of torture are today.
And we will be amazed to think that these things once existed!
A day will come when we shall see those two immense groups,
the United States of America and the United States of Europe,
stretching out their hands across the sea,
exchanging their products, their arts, their works of genius,
clearing up the globe, making deserts fruitful,
ameliorating creation under the eyes of the Creator,
and joining together to reap the well-being of all.

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Wisdom Books: Uniting Humanity by Sanderson Beck


Before we leave our earthly bodies at death, we could ask ourselves these questions: Are we leaving our Mother Earth and the human race in a better condition than they were when we were born? What kind of a society and world will our children and grandchildren inherit?

Since my birth in 1947 human population has tripled to about 7.3 billion people. The consumption of natural resources, especially by industrialized societies, is increasingly straining the environment. Based on scientific evidence about 99% of climate experts have concluded that the emission of carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide resulting from human activity is causing the Earth to absorb more heat from the sun, thus increasing average temperatures. This global warming is changing the climate and causing more extreme weather conditions such as destructive storms and the melting of glaciers and permafrost. If this trend continues, initially more rain and melting snow will cause floods. Then lack of snow will reduce fresh water in rivers with devastating consequences for agriculture, industry, and domestic uses. Global warming will also cause more heat waves, droughts, and wildfires. Rising oceans will flood lower elevations, and excessive carbon will increase deadly ocean acidification.

Since the end of World War II nuclear bombs, other weapons of mass destruction, and advancing military technology threaten humans with mutual destruction unless our society learns how to resolve conflicts without the massive violence of wars.

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Wisdom Books: NonViolent Action Handbook by Sanderson Beck

I believe that our violent and plutocratic society needs a nonviolent revolution to end the neo-imperialist policies of the United States Government by democratic means so that we can have governments of real compassion, liberty, and true justice for all. This transformation of militarism must be nonviolent, not only because any violent attempt would be crushed by force, but because we are opposed to using violence. This ultimate revolution of our historic era is essentially a revolution to end the use of massive force in wars as instruments of social and political control. The process is one of converting hearts and minds by demonstrating the better ways of using education, communication, democracy, and active nonviolent persuasion. As George Harrison sang, “With our love we can change the world, if they only knew.” I have faith that the actions of loving people will bring about a more peaceful society. I hope you will help.

~ Sanderson Beck

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Wisdom Books: Confucius and Socrates: Teaching Wisdom by Sanderson Beck

This detailed study of the lives and teachings of Confucius and Socrates compares how and what they taught in order to help others to become wiser. The appendix includes English translations of ancient texts describing their teaching in action.

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Book Review: Wisdom Bible by Sanderson Beck

Wisdom Bible is a collection of the greatest spiritual and philosophical classics from ancient Daoism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Platonism, Epicureanism, Stoicism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Whole texts are included, but only selections from the Qur’an. The four Gospels are synthesized into one narrative combining all the elements.

About the Author:
Sanderson Beck earned a B.A. in Dramatic Art from UC Berkeley, an M.A. in Religious Studies from UCSB, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from World University. He has taught dozens of college courses in philosophy, psychology, world civilization, etc. He is the author of numerous books, including the HISTORY OF PEACE and the ETHICS OF CIVILIZATION series as well as translating and editing the WISDOM BIBLE. He has been active in the world peace movement since 1982 and is president and founder of World Peace Communications. He was a presidential candidate in 2003 until he endorsed Dennis Kucinich.

Paperback/Hardback: 920 pages

Publisher: World Peace Communications

Publishing Date: May 2002

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