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

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Introduction

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: Technological Slavery by Theodore J. Kaczynski

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Theodore Kaczynski saw violent collapse as the only way to bring down the techno-industrial system, and in more than a decade of mail bomb terror he killed three people and injured 23 others.

One does not need to support the actions that landed Kaczynski in supermax prison to see the value of his essays disabusing the notion of heroic technology while revealing the manner in which it is destroying the planet.

For the first time, readers will have an uncensored personal account of his anti-technology philosophy, including a corrected version of the notorious “Unabomber Manifesto,”Kaczynski’s critique of anarcho-primitivism, and essays regarding “The Coming Revolution.”

Dr. David Skrbina, who teaches philosophy at the University of Michigan, Dearborn, provides fascinating excerpts from his correspondence with the man he calls “a revolutionary for our times.” Theodore J. Kaczynski does not receive remuneration for this book.

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Enlightening Talks: Max Igan – Reclaiming the Earth – Steps Towards a Collective Awakening

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MAX IGAN at the Open Mind Conference 2014, Copenhagen.

“Reclaiming the Earth – steps towards a collective awakening”

Maxwell Igan has spent over 25 years researching the topics he covers in the many radio broadcasts and videos that he has produced.

Covering a broad range of subjects, Max Igan never fails to inspire with his concise and lucid summation of the shared global situation. He is a musician, activist and radio host on The People’s Network. He is the founder of TheCrowHouse.com and Director of the film “Trance-formation”.

We all live encapsulated in a control grid that encompasses all our activities, during the course of our whole life.

How did this control system come into being? And what steps can be taken in order to emancipate ourselves from its clutches? What would happen if we failed to rise to this challenge?

The lecture covers a wide range of topics, from education, health, the destruction of the Amazonian rainforests to Max Igan’s recent trip to the Gaza strip.

Max Igan will lead us through a powerful, hard hitting, not-to-be-missed presentation. From the energetic and vibratory nature of matter and consciousness, to the contemporary influence of corporate entities and the irrefutable problems that mankind faces in the age of information, Max Igan connects the dots, providing an enlightening perspective of how to move forwards towards a collective awakening.

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Quotes of Wisdom: Henry Miller on Man’s Illusion of Being God

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We devise astounding means of communication, but do we communicate with one another? We move our bodies to and fro at incredible speeds, but do we really leave the spot we started from? Mentally, morally, spiritually, we are fettered. What have we achieved in mowing down mountain ranges, harnessing the energy of mighty rivers, or moving whole populations about like chess pieces, if we ourselves remain the same restless, miserable, frustrated creatures we were before? To call such activity progress is utter delusion. We may succeed in altering the face of the earth until it is unrecognizable even to the Creator, but if we are unaffected wherein lies the meaning?

~ Henry Miller

Wisdom Books: The Ascent of Humanity by Charles Eisenstein

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Charles Eisenstein explores the history and potential future of civilization, tracing the converging crises of our age to the illusion of the separate self. In this landmark book, Eisenstein explains how a disconnection from the natural world and one another is built into the foundations of civilization: into science, religion, money, technology, medicine, and education as we know them. As a result, each of these institutions faces a grave and growing crisis, fueling our near-pathological pursuit of technological fixes even as we push our planet to the brink of collapse.

Fortunately, an Age of Reunion is emerging out of the birth pangs of an earth in crisis. As our old constructs of self and world dissolve in crisis, we are entering a new narrative of interbeing, a more expansive sense of self, and a more ecological relationship to nature. Our darkest hour bears the possibility of a more beautiful world—not through the extension of millennia-old methods of management and control but by fundamentally reimagining ourselves and our systems. Breathtaking in its scope and intelligence, The Ascent of Humanity is a remarkable book showing what it truly means to be human.

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