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 United Nations Myth #10: 

It is not necessary for the U.N. to participate in addressing the spiritual needs of all humanity.

 

At the very outset, the founding fathers of the United Nations, the drafters of the charter, focused primarily on an organization for governments, and less so on one for people. More importantly, in the creation of the UN there was a complete disregard for the importance of human spirituality and the significance of religion in relation to both human moral standards and global affairs.
    
Absent religion and the recognition of spiritual principles, values and standards, the world has drifted increasingly toward analyses and prescriptions that are materialistic and secular in nature. In so doing, it has lost sight of the profound wisdom to be found in humanity's spiritual heritage.

Most fundamentally, any truly global institution must be built on a secure foundation that takes into account the full potential of the human being - not only as a political, economic, and social being, but also as a spiritual being with spiritual needs and a capacity for spiritual wisdom and insight.
    
That is, we must have an integrated view of the human being, a view that does not extract one aspect of human nature and, on that foundation, construct a vision of peace. Our vision of peace must be comprehensive, and any institution we establish to build a world of peace must be comprehensive in the same way.

While spirituality has been rejected by some intellectual traditions of modernity, most notably naturalistic science, and materialistic philosophies and ideologies. These worldviews are themselves limited and lacking the capacity to arrive at either ultimate truth or practical wisdom. Suffice it to say that the history of science and methodological atheism has not led to either peace or prosperity.

Of course religion itself also has to change. In too many ways the history of religion has been marked by narrow sectarianism, strife, and competitive struggle with other faiths, all to the detriment of the cherished goals and teachings of the founders and scriptures. This cannot continue. The need to eliminate corruption, selfishness, and bad governance applies not only to the United Nations and its member states, but also to the world's religions.

Religion, above all, must be an instrument of true love, and a vehicle that carries human beings from selfishness to unselfishness.

The spiritual world is not merely a place of memory or static passivity. The spiritual world is alive and vibrant. And just like our world here on earth, it is a world that has much pain, regret, suffering, and grievance. So many people's dreams of peace were left unfulfilled. And yet, those who ascend to that other world, do not cease from their efforts to fulfill those hopes, or from their efforts even to make amends for their sins and failures.
    
When we think of peace, therefore, let us not lose sight of both unseen communities, those who have already lived and those not yet born. The former is more immediately significant, for it is a community that can and does directly impact our world. That is, those in the spiritual world are also committed in an ongoing way to making sure their children and their children's children dwell in a world of peace. We are their children and they care for us and our descendants. Moreover, those in the spiritual world hope that those who pass over do not bring with them the hurts, scars, resentments and grievances that make it so difficult to have peace of mind where they are now.
    
As our moral and spiritual consciousness heightens, we expand the earthly communities that can be included in our moral universe, adding many respected and valued stakeholders who dwell beyond the borders of our own race, religion, nationality, class, status group, etc. So also we must expand our consciousness to include both those who have lived and those who will live, represented by our parents and our children.
    
We must listen to our ancestors. At this time in history, increasingly, those in the spiritual world are -- and will continue to become -- active participants, activists if you will, in the pursuit of peace.

    
In this sense there needs to be a revolution, a spiritual awakening, moving humanity from its preoccupation with secular, humanistic and materialistic values, toward a spiritual, God-centered worldview. The goal is the harmonious integration of these two dimensions of human reality. The spiritual and material capacities of the human being are to be harmonized. In particular, confrontational, dialectical practices will only yield suffering and decline. Humanity must adopt the principle of true unselfish love, and pursue reconciliation, cooperation and peace.  
    
For this reason, the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) advocates an inter-religious and international approach to peace that seeks to forge cooperative partnerships between governments and religions, as well as NGOs and representatives of the private sector. The UPF seeks to be God-centered, and advocates the core principle of living for the sake of others.
    
 

Excerpt from:  "The Universal Peace Federation" by Dr. Thomas Walsh

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