ABC's of Human Survival

The ABCs of Human Survival examines the effect of militant nationalism and the lawlessness of powerful states on the well-being of individuals and local communities?and the essential role of global citizenship within that dynamic. Based on the analysis of world events, Dr. Arthur Clark presents militant nationalism as a pathological pattern of thinking that threatens our security, while emphasizing effective democracy and international law as indispensable frameworks for human protection.Within the contexts of history, sociology, philosophy, and spirituality, The ABCs of Human Survival calls into question the assumptions of consumer culture and offers, as an alternative, strategies to improve overall well-being through the important choices we make as individuals.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Cover Page 1
Contents 8
Acknowledgements 12
Foreword 14
Introduction and Overview 20
The pathology of nationalism 22
Choosing the future 23
The necessity of democracy and law 26
The personal is political 27
War is a disease: The case of Vietnam 29
The practice of medicine and the practice of citizenship 31
A personal journey 32
About this book 34
Principles of global community and global citizenship: A synopsis 39
Chapter One: Choosing the Future 46
Where are we going? 47
Where do we want to go? 49
The practice of medicine and the practice of global citizenship 52
Pathogenesis: Why are we so self-destructive? 54
Pathogenesis: Nationalism and warfare 59
Democracy and international law 67
The rabbi’s son from Krakow 70
Choosing the future: Summary 72
Chapter Two: Axioms 76
First Axiom: The map is not the territory 77
Second Axiom: The map changes the territory 79
Third Axiom: We choose our maps 82
Fourth Axiom: Good, bad, evil, important, and unimportant are in the eye of the beholder 82
Fifth Axiom: Political leaders are not competent to determine the value of a human life 84
Chapter Three: Paradigm Shift 89
Who are we? 92
Pathology of the old paradigm 95
The new paradigm and human options 98
Chapter Four: Principles of Global Community 100
Principle 1 102
Principle 2 105
Principle 3 106
Principle 4 108
Principle 5 109
Principle 6 114
Principle 7 115
Principle 8 119
Principle 9 120
Principle 10 122
Principle 11 124
Principle 12 126
Principle 13 127
Principle 14 129
Principle 15 141
Principle 16 144
Principle 17 146
Principle 18 148
Principle 19 150
Principle 20 152
Chapter Five: The Case of Iraq 154
Saddam Hussein and the U.S. government before and after August 1990 156
The U.S. invasion of Panama, Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, and the 1991 Gulf War 162
Communication, scholars, the media, and propaganda for war 167
Economic sanctions and weapons of mass destruction 170
The U.S.-UK invasion of Iraq, March 2003 176
Democracy, the occupation, and the ongoing violence in Iraq 179
Terrorism and the destruction of Iraq 185
Responsibility for the destruction of Iraq 186
A way forward 188
Conclusion 198
Chapter Six: Principles of Global Citizenship 200
Principle 21 203
Principle 22 204
Principle 23 206
Principle 24 207
Principle 25 210
Principle 26 212
Principle 27 213
Principle 28 216
Principle 29 218
Principle 30 219
Winds of change 222
The power of one 223
Civil disobedience 225
Chapter Seven: Practicing Citizenship 231
The global citizen as hero for our time 232
Awareness 233
Imagination and knowledge 236
A 35 percent solution and the game of global citizenship 241
The basic building block of democracy 243
The Parkhill Pulse 246
The city as microcosm of the global community 249
A Calgary Centre for Global Community 253
The genius of citizenship 257
Chapter Eight: Prognosis 260
Your choice 270
Bibliography 272