by Rudi Gelsey
“Much of human history is marked by domination rather than partnership: men over women, colonial powers over subjugated tribes and countries, and racism over equality. For peace to prevail, partnership is the wave of the future. Peacemaking is intimately related to justice-making. Without justice, mutual respect, right relations, right institutions, and a cooperative spirit, we cannot expect to live in peace. . . . The current anarchy and lawlessness in international relations calls for urgent remedial action.” With this quote, in the spirit of Riane Eisler, we open the Path to Perpetual Peace. We have arrived at a critical juncture in human history. My recent book Mending Our Broken World: A Path to Perpetual Peace proposes that we abandon the old, destructive ways of war and move to a peaceful world federation without national armies and weapons of mass destruction.
To understand the contemporary world, we require a historical review of political science, philosophy, religion, and spirituality. I thus worked feverishly to examine the historic causes of wars and world wars, while presenting current opportunities for global peace. The writing describes over 200 years of brutal wars from Napoleon to Hitler, on to the present day. The book examines the role of the US as it rises from thirteen colonies to become the world’s greatest superpower. I revive the glorious legacy of 2,800 years of Perennial Philosophy, an oft-neglected foundation for world peace.
The book presents the idea that, while religion has a checkered history, all religions have common origins and invite us to live together in harmony. The Abrahamic traditions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, along with indigenous and Eastern religions form a Sacred Unity. Opposing one another constitutes an obsolete aberration. We suggest that after poor beginnings, the 21st century will become an era of experiencing ourselves like the astronauts did: one blue-green globe, one human family.
Studying the weaknesses of international organizations, we deconstructed the delusions of many diplomats and politicians. All countries in the United Nations, including the U.S., would benefit decisively by adopting a new, world federal system covering the global needs of our planet. Such a transformation agrees with the principle of subsidiarity in political science. This requires that local issues be dealt with locally, regional issues regionally, national issues nationally. Global issues, like peaceful conflict resolution and the sustainability of the planet, are managed globally. As long as we have nations and empires with absolute national sovereignty, the long trail of wars will continue. The time is now for establishing a global system of government to preserve peace, liberty, and justice. Reforming the United Nations by eliminating the veto power in the Security Council provides a solid foundation for Perpetual Peace.
An accomplished activist, author, and minister, Rudi Gelsey earned a a Bachelor of Divinity from the University of Chicago and a Master of Political Science at the University of Geneva; he also pursued doctoral studies at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. Rudi published Mending Our Broken World: A Path to Perpetual Peace in 2012. If interested in world peace, mail a check for $19.95 for the book to Rudi Gelsey at 22 S. Adams #715E, Denver, CO 80209.
Note: Rudi’s story of his activism appears in our men’s anthology.