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Practical Ideas on overcoming barriers May 09, 2006 4:33 PM

Let's all Brainstorm!! Here's an idea: To overcome world barriers, we might have to start on a small scale first: Our personal relationships - Let's learn to get along with every single person that is in our lives [yes, that includes family members too]. Not an easy task sometimes, but if we cannot achieve peace and respect towards others ourselves, how can we expect for it to happen on a world wide scale?  [ send green star]
True charity begins at home May 14, 2006 10:41 PM

Its all about the individual first. One person widens our world, one person enlightens us. One person motivates us takes us to greater levels. No better than ourselves. If we were more open minded and each one were, the world could be all open minded. It is the only way the world improves when one improves.  [ send green star]
Respect is key May 18, 2006 10:35 PM

Many times we take for granted our superiority because we are different in some ways. It is this disregard and disrespect that is at the root of many evils and skirmishes which in turn leads to extrmism. We should learn to respect, every culture and way of living. Yes some lines of thoughts run backwards, the only way to turn them round is by a positive discussion, not negating or deriding them. Respect for all, it includes all things on earth, is the key for a better world.  [ send green star]
Agree June 14, 2006 11:18 PM

I am in total agreement with you Samson. One good way to overcoming barriers that has just occured to me is: Inter-racial marriages! People need to be enticed to marry outside of their own culture/religion - resulting in eventual harmony between varying ethnic groups. Eventually the whole human race may be homogeneous { probably to a medium shade of brown -lovely } and as we will all be ethnically related with similar appearance the problem of inequality will be solved...a bit far-fetched, but worth considering, what do you think??  [ send green star]
Oh! Oh! Oh! June 15, 2006 11:36 PM

Oh! Oh! Oh! 11:30 PM Why didnt we meet earlier? Oh! only kidding! I think the world is slowingly and limpingly coming to terms with inter-religion and race marriages or friendships. It may look a bit different in places like India, but they all appreciate the west for their more tolerant attitude in this regard. I think the biggest difficulty is creating a harmonious alliance between the rich and poor. The greedy and the sensible. The environmentalist and the industrialist. Class barrier is so strong that all of the world problems which can be solved seem insoluble. Why should people suffer in Darfur? Why should there be illegal immigration? Why should there be terrorism? Why... If the resources we have were shared reasonably, all the unrest in this world would come to nought. Selfish, greedy, regardless people rule and ruin this planet. Our best hope is people really assess the people they vote to power and seek the proper governments. The bottomline as to who is top and lead is very important. Nice people without prejudice and malice - come forward. We will support you.  [ send green star]
Educate people as early as possible June 19, 2006 3:35 AM

"We must inoculate our children against militarism, by educating them in the spirit of pacifism... Our schoolbooks glorify war and conceal its horrors. They indoctrinate children with hatred. I would teach peace rather than war, love rather than hate." -- Albert Einstein It is everyone's responsibility, whether we have our own children or not, to help educate the next generation with values of peace. In our families, we can help raise peacemakers, by sharing our positive ideals and by setting a peaceful example. Eventually, there will be a large reserve of decent, tolerant young people from which our future leaders will rise. Samson: I still like my idea of physical integration !!  [ send green star]
I was a little worried because June 19, 2006 5:09 AM

some people would take that as an excuse for ethnic cleansing. You know what happens when we loose the aborigines we loose knowledge base gained over aeons by close interactions of human beings with nature. It might look like superstition, but in depth there will definitely be a sound reason (and ofcourse there may be a better way to do it). There should be no attempt to eliminate it. USA and Australia have lost tremendous cultural wealth due to ethnic cleansing. While your intentions are noble, I still feel let us leave some animals alone, or have in place a mechanism to retain valuable cultural traits.  [ send green star]
Peace or diversity? June 20, 2006 12:20 AM

At the cost of losing cultural diversity, we would be gaining total equality. There cannot be racial intolerance when the whole world's population becomes assimilated. Ethnic cleansing is a totally different issue. It happens when one group believes itself superior to others. What I am proposing is that we do away with all cultural and so called racial { we are in fact all members of one race: Homo Sapiens} differences and work towards uniting every ethnicity - melding us all into one big family of humankind... It's just a thought and you are probably wouldn't work. NB: Aborigines' traditional lifestyle is far superior to our 'rat race' culture and definitely needs to be appreciated and preserved.  [ send green star]



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Percieved threats makes us miserable, but should it? June 30, 2006 4:34 AM

The worst enemy of global integration is percieved threats. We fear others might wipe us off. Distribution of wealth might impoverish us, equality may make us inferior, kindness weak, spread of knowledge may take away our edge and so on. Thats why there is a tendency to not resolve issues, be helpful or be receptive. If we can get rid of this percieved and unfounded fears we can find the ways of having a peaceful co-existence. We can curb our fears if we wish so it is nothing impossible. Let us hope that happens and let peace reign on earth.

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And Generalising should stop July 19, 2006 9:22 PM

For people are each, individuals. Lets learn to respect that. Lets not base our judgements about people on their features, beliefs and ways. Its know, all the ways meet somewhere, somehow at some point and lets learn to accept the fact and let all the world feel a oneness, a friendliness that brings in lasting peace.  [ send green star]
My dear friends, July 20, 2006 4:50 AM

I  totally agree with you. As you say Amberose, we're just one race: the animal  classifed as: Homo Sapiens.
Everyone keeps saying we're just "asmall village" - but how many really think about the real meaning of this?
We're just a tiny drop in the universe infinite ocean. And if we'll keep fighting each other, we'll exterminate ourself, the way we managed to exterminate so many biological species.
Yes, like A. Einstein said, we must teach love in school. Instead, we teach natinalism, patriotism, religions, etc.
Instead of teaching History as a lesson to be learnt, we teach it to reestablish the "superiority" of this... and that...
Wahtever suits the coutry, thelocal  regime at the time, - you name it.
In my opinion, whenever I meet arrogance, I know that the person who shows it, feels actually insecure, or lack self respect. Arrogance helps such a person to improve his self perception in comparison to the outside world. It's true  on the global scale as well. I agree with Samson on the importance of mutual respect, but this can only exist after true self respect is established. Only when the individual has self respect, he can really value the qualities of the other person.
The way to overcome the threats to our existence on earth is to teach love, self respect, mutual respect. To see the one who is different from us as  treasure to us all and not as a treath to out ways.
To see how militant religions, militant nationalism, ans militant patriotism have caused all the pain we've suffered alonf all the human history.
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SO we ae getting to th e roots now, good July 20, 2006 5:19 AM

Education at the primary level needs to reflect the needs of the world not of a particular society or nation. If we can somehow manage to discourage all types of teachings that discriminates between human beings we are on the way. Children should learn that we are all equal first. Emphasis on human values like kindness love respect self esteem co operation trust - those should be things that children get fed on first. A unbiased scientific temper, and the courage to question and acceptance of truth, shud be the skills they learn to acquire early in life. Environment and our responsibilities shud be matters education lays stress on. And I feel primary education will be better without subjecting children to competition. Let them not be stressed as they learn the realities in life. And let tehm cary up into life the attitudes needed for an integrated world  [ send green star]
anonymous WOW took the words right outta my mouth July 20, 2006 9:29 AM

I am in total agreement with you Samson. One good way to overcoming barriers that has just occured to me is: Inter-racial marriages!

I am the first in my family to "go out side our race"  and have children and MARRY to pete's sake a black man is what I mostly got from birth family and close friends, but shoot. We can't control whom we fall in love with. Outta of all the men I was with and I have been with everyone under the rainbow. I always had a soft spot for black men  hahahahaha. And lucky me to find the best one there is, or well atleast in my eyes he is.

Samson, it wouldn't be clensing. It would be intrgrating and creating a far better off society if you ask me. That way NO ONE ever could say they were just this or that and so for are true humens cause of their "blue blooded superiority" everyone whould have almost the same back grounds.

I have started and have been asking everyone to follow suit.

Them are just my feelings though, don't expect ANYONE else to feel as I do.

Peace and most love,


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exacty Samson, July 20, 2006 9:34 AM

this is what i meant when i wrote:

The way to overcome the threats to our existence on earth is to teach love, self respect, mutual respect. To see the one who is different from us as  treasure to us all and not as a treath to our ways.
To see how militant religions, militant nationalism, and militant patriotism have caused all the pain we've suffered along all the human history

teaching love, acceptance and respect to the different, through self respect.
and educating that the goal of learning is self development and self improvement, and not competiton and vain goals of false percieved "supremacy" over others
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 July 30, 2006 7:24 PM

An important first step in overcoming barriers is to make sure that no one is starving on this planet anymore. This must  be made a priority.

The global economy  is causing more and more suffering in the world. The current 'profit before people' system is making the gap between the very rich and the very poor grow larger each year. We need an economic system that gives value to other commodities besides money so that we can create more sustainable local and global communities.

One small, practical way we can influence this system is by buying "Fair Trade" products, that are supplied by workers and growers who are paid fair wages, and work in safe conditions. With our purchasing power, we can force corporations to manufacture and distribute their goods in ways that respect workers and protect our planet.

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 July 30, 2006 7:45 PM

Here is a link for more info and also to sign a petition calling on governments to implement Fair trade:


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Important Issue August 02, 2006 1:59 AM

Thanks Sandro. 

I know you are already doing more than your fair share of stopping hunger and suffering in Africa.... 

Buying 'Fair Trade' products is a good way of stopping unethical corporations. I'm finding myself looking at labels these days before deciding on a purchase.  Hopefully the supermarkets will begin stocking more and more 'Fair Trade' items. At the moment, the number is still limited, but it's up to us as consumers in the 'wealthier' nations to demand these ethically produced goods. Many people are still unaware of the exploitation going on in the production of their purchases and we need to educate them to stop and think before they buy.

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ALLESSANDRO August 03, 2006 11:24 AM

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We need more acton at grass root levels to put an end August 29, 2006 3:19 AM

to discriminations. We need more people contacts and more discussions about ending discriminations. We need to show that the world is more and more prescribing to the idea.

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Listening August 30, 2006 8:59 AM

I think listening is a dying art. So many people don't know how to listen! How often do you find yourself waiting for the other person to stop talking so that you can say what you want to say? And then you find that you aren't really sure what that person said, because you weren't really listening? That is not a conversation. It is just two people talking at each other. True listening, I think, is a great way to really break down barriers. Too often, we think we know what someone believes, and we think we know what their hopes and dreams and goals and ambitions are. But we haven't truly listened. How many of us think we know our siblings and our co-workers? How many of us think we know our spouses and children? Our bosses and our employees, our friends and our enemies? If we haven't truly listened to them, we don't know them. And it's possible that we don't even truly know ourselves because we haven't listened to the voice inside. What do you think?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
BTW, Alessandro.... August 30, 2006 9:06 AM

I bookmarked the Fair Trade page, and signed the petition. Thanks for spreading the word!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
anonymous  August 31, 2006 8:59 AM

I think I'm a better world citizen because I was an army brat.  When I lived in Belgium, I went to an international school with (besides other Americans) British, Polish, German, Danish, Spanish, French, Canadian, and Turkish kids.  Of course, I didn't list all of the nationalities there.

An interesting way to overcome barriers (not to mention bring war-mongering to a stop) is to join the military as a non-combatant, as my father did (he was an Army musician), and bring your kids along as you move from place to place.  It did wonders for me.

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anonymous  August 31, 2006 9:02 AM

Thanks for the link, Alessandro.  I signed the petition.  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
my list August 31, 2006 9:13 AM

  • Learning foreign languages. (Maybe they shouldn't be called "foreign" languages, any alternative names?)
  • Student exchange programmes for children and youngle people.
  • Penfriendship programmes esp. for children and young people.
  • Hosting programmes for international students studying abroad. (I met three families through this one and they met me:
  • More opportunities to learn other folks' music, dance, cooking and languages.

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anonymous  August 31, 2006 9:18 AM

How about "world languages"?  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
How about other tongue September 13, 2006 2:15 AM

Our language is mother tongue, others language is other tongue. I think exchange ideas are good. I would add one thing we could teach each other in this troubled times is disaster management. All types of natural disasters beckon us. Latest reports of Icesheet melting is really worrying. And huge dams are going up in difernt countries, sure cause for increased earthquakes. I think we need to teach each other disaster management. and urgently.

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anonymous Responsible behaviour as a practical way to avoid tensions September 19, 2006 5:55 AM

particularly with the tongue. Note how the Pope's remark snow-balled into a major controversey. It is high time to stop the stereotype images we have of people. One of the biggest faults of the modern age has been alienation of sections of people. This is only going to create  a bigger rift in future.  [report anonymous abuse]
 September 19, 2006 6:27 AM

Most peoples lives are swaddled in boundaries and barriers:  concrete defences against an increasingly hostile world and anomic society. Meeting people and communities at their root fears and concerns, then helping them see other paths and understandings may go some way towards deconstructing unhelpful barriers. You cannot blame people for being indoctrinated within the system they are embedded, but providing alternate or parallel ways of doing and understanding things, and trying to connect what really matters in their lives ( which I believe many are unaware), to processes and outcomes may help orientate people towards better social and more sustainable environmental solutions.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 December 04, 2006 10:21 AM

Wonder if anyone here has come across the NOSTRADAMUS predictions.... It shows that the earthquakes, fires, incurable diseases are a sign of the end of the world.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
The world would surely have ended December 06, 2006 3:10 AM

but there are wonderful people like u still how can that happen then?

On the serious side there will be hope fo rthe world so long as there are good people around

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?Good will ambassador of 63 countries who born n brought up in india January 10, 2007 2:47 AM

Will you plz let me know ,,How much it is practical by going through ,,

In detail  ,,,,Born and brought up in India  ,,,Graduated in civil engineering  in 1986  ,, Embark on global  campaign ONFOOT for" Global Friendship and Peace" ,, by giving up job in 1987 . 10/30,, Traveresed through the capital of landlocked 63 countries of Asia and Europe ..covered around 80,000 kms with  warm welcoming  ,,before  turning back  to india  in 15/08/2001 ,, realised missing of global feelings despite of meeting own Prime minister&  others and much focused in  media,,Therefore, doing road show and e campaigning as a Good will ambassador of 63 countries who born and brought up in India

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