Dear RN list, Feb. 17 As Frank Scott pointed out, one of our most pressing priorities must surely be to end the killing caused by our governments' horrible economic and military policies. With this in mind, you will find in the next message, information on how you can help to get A NY Times ad against the economic sanctions now crippling Iraq out (an ad that Chomsky, Zinn and others are supporting as well). Now to share a couple comments stemming from our "priorities" discussion: From: •••@••.••• (Robert Hanzel) Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999 18:13:55 -0700 (MST) Subject: Feedback-Pressing Needs We must give great thanks to Jan & rkm for providing us such thought-provoking 'food for thought' since the "pressing needs" posting. So many good solutions and apparenty only a few really, really bad apple's, so what's taking us so long? It couldn't be total ignorance of the nature of credit and coin and the circulation of same? NA. Well then, just what is it? Do we have to be against something all the time? The War on Drugs. The War on Poverty. The War on Cancer. The War on Crime, etc., etc. What gives? We can sit back and pray for a "wave of love" to come from the many beautiful inhabitants of this planet, perhaps that is what will save humanity in the long run. "What can we do"? Let us not be against anyone or anything, ONLY for positive alternative solutions to this beautiful planet's most pressing needs. Let us "Speak Out" and really begin "Looking Out" for one another before the noose gets any tighter, and let's "Do It" with love, a wave of love. To you all, keep up the great work! For Economic Freedom, Love, Peace & Prosperity for ALL, Yours in the Service, VegaBob :-) ******************************************************* Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999 12:15:48 -0800 From: Viviane Lerner <•••@••.•••> Subject: Re: RN: more on our most pressing priorities (peace) Hello to all, I'm glad for Jan's message. Weren't I insanely busy today, I'd be tempted to rave and rant about this incredible brainwash we are subjected to, that tells us that greed is "human nature," that competition is good for us, that generosity is basically abnormal, etc. I'll just mention Riane Eissler's book, "The Chalice and the Blade," that has put together extensive modern archeological research. The conclusion is that, up to 5,000 BC, human societies were thriving on COOPERATION. Yeah! Viviane The Experts Report on Peace - The Seville Statement on Violence (1986) Based on rigorous scientific evidence, the Seville Statement (Note 1) refutes the myth that human beings are predisposed to violence through five key propositions. "It is scientifically incorrect to say: a.. that we have inherited a tendency to make war from our animal<br> ancestors; <br> b.. that war or any other violent behaviour is genetically programmed<br> into our nature; <br> c.. that in the course of human evolution there has been a selection for<br> aggressive behaviour more than for other kinds of behaviour; <br> d.. that humans have a violent brain. How we act is shaped by how we<br> have been conditioned and socialized. There is nothing in our<br> neurophysiology that compels us to react violently; <br> e.. that war is caused by instinct or any single motivation." I am satisfied, particularly from all the evidence reported by UNESCO's Culture of Peace Program (Note 2) and also from extensive research of the large volume of resource material (Note 3), that peace is achievable. "