First World Spiritual Forum ]
6th trough the 10th, 2006 – Brasilia, Brasil
Valuing diversity for the construction of planetary solidarity
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Letter of Planetary
The words of Forums and
Social Organization Networks that work in search of peace, justice and
communication between nature and humankind spreads throughout the
continents of our planet. Economic and World Social Forums are great
advances of humanity and represent important, but merely partial visions,
of how the world should really be. In communion with this international
process, the participants of the 1st World Spiritual Forum in search of
“a new world possible” united in Brasília, during the period of December
6th through 10th, 2006, in a quire of many voices, affirming that the
economic and social proposals cannot solely solve humanity’s problems
satisfactorily. A spiritual perspective based on universal care and love
is needed. Spirituality constitutes the fertile birth land of wisdom and
ethics, valuing the significance of human existence. It is the
perception of unity and sacredness amongst all things that permeates the
meaning to live.
We believe that life is governed by cosmic laws. The water wets, the
fire burns, the rain falls, the seed germinates, the bud transforms into
a flower, winter follows spring, summer follows autumn, love builds,
brings happiness and joy. Cosmos, galaxies, suns, planets, minerals, sky,
earth, springs, rivers, oceans, plants, animals and human beings are
interdependent and complement themselves. From the macrocosm to the
microcosm the web of life is unique. Life is smart and loving and
everything should be part of a perfect and harmonious equilibrium.
Scientific, technological, political and economical evolutions are said
to constitute a blessing to humanity. But certainly, they need an
ingredient, a more significant complement, one which is more effective
and profound, so that each human being and all of mankind can find a
true state of wholeness and happiness. The lack of perception involving
interdependence and complementarities of all of life generates an
individualistic and materialistic vision, the illusion of separation.
The perception of brotherhood is necessary amongst all living creatures,
amongst all kingdoms, no matter the background, the beliefs, gender or
social classes. We all belong to the same fountain of life and we are
all made from the same earth. Our family is humanity, and every being
that composes the web of life, the sons and daughters of this Earth.
Therefore, the fundamental basis for the construction of a dignified
society lies in the perception of the unity of life, which should reveal
itself through effective and real solidarity, with concrete acts of
sensitivity, fraternity, ethics, sympathy, kindness and carefulness.
These are attitudes that depend on the transformation of each and every
one of us, of the expressions of our internal potentialities. No regime,
system or form of government, political or economical institution can,
by itself, guarantee a truly dignified society. Only by incorporating in
our lives, solidarity, fraternity, affection, love and spirituality can
we achieve a healthy humane and planetary relationship. There is no
ideology superior to solidarity.
Inside this perspective, a new view is essential, a new philosophical
vision which begins with the respect and value of diversity, increases
in the perception of the unity of life and completes with a new attitude.
This new look – with the eyes of the heart – should change our
motivations and intentions to altruistic, promoting a revision of our
The revision necessary should reach the economic dimension, putting it
in service of sustainability and social justice. The revision will be
necessary to political and educational institutions which need to
rethink their roles in the formation of a solidary civilization that
expresses their greatest inspirations: happiness, peace, respect,
authenticity, harmony and cooperation. This revision should reach the
religious institutions, in order to adapt to the necessities of our
time, updating their teachings to generate wiser, responsible and more
mature human beings, capable of loving and working shoulder to shoulder
with each ones differences. Our future depends on achieving true
spiritual wisdom, through the integration of different views, whether
they are scientific, philosophic, religious or by the act of giving
oneself to the profound encounter with the energy of the sacred, no
matter its name, since this force is the source of profound wisdom and
love without frontiers. There is only true ethics from this force.
Education should privilege ethical values. Health sciences should be
turned towards an integral perception of the human being. Economy and
technology should be directed primarily towards human and planetary
necessities. Politics should have as the central base, ethics, public
service and collective interest. Religions should be directed towards
spirituality, tolerance and mutual respect essentially for a universal
family. Society should format new paradigms based on solidarity and the
protection of life and all of its creatures. Every sector of activity
should be permeated in spirituality, in faith and in the sacredness of
life and positive participation, for the goodness and plenitude of all.
In our ephemeral and transforming lives, we are the citizens of this
Planet. The divisions we create are artificial and equivocal for the
Planet is a whole. We are the crew of the spaceship Earth, we are the
Earth, and it is the fundamental loving union of all, for a happy
journey, for the preservation of humanity and of planetary life, in this
saga of our wonderful mother Earth evolving towards infinity.
The world is us, cosmic beings. We therefore have the power to transform
it into a better world. Life is ruled by trustworthy cosmic laws, which
allows us to act with security for the change in planetary life. There
is a perfect and dynamical correlation between cause and effect. Whether
we like it or not, we are inevitably responsible for the world at
present, for our actions and omissions. As peace activists, we should
create a mass critiques allowing the establishment of new and true
paradigms. Every single one of us is a link in the chain that embraces
all creatures. It is necessary to create a collective consciousness of
individual responsibility acting to substitute selfishness with altruism,
individualism with solidarity, consumerism with simplicity, the have
with Being, materialism with spirituality.
Each one of us can assume with oneself and their interior, a
consciousness with humanity and the planet in a commitment that praises
“Conscious that the edification of a fair society depends on the
individual transformation of every human being, I commit to act – with
love, intelligence and solidarity – towards the best of my capacities
and abilities towards the construction of a free, equal and fraternal
society, in search of protecting planetary life and constructing a fair
and dignified social organization, recognizing that my family is
humanity and that I am linked with all living creatures.”
a) promote fraternity amongst all beings – independent of race, ethics,
gender, creed or social class – as a fundamental base for social
organization and political action.
b) support the work of the United Nations and other national and
international organizations in the construction of world peace and
support for human rights.
c) promote harmonious and consensual action for political and economical
integration of all peoples, respecting cultures, religions, traditions
and local languages.
d) promote education and the comparative study of cultures, religious,
philosophical, scientific and artistic traditions, guaranteeing greater
approximation and integration between human beings;
e) conscious the society towards the protection of life and the
conservation of the natural environment, in defense of maintaining
biodiversity, flora, fauna, rivers, lakes and springs; acting so that
those who caused and come to cause damages to nature, mainly the water
sources, recompose these ecosystems.
f) act towards world disarmament and the elimination of terrestrial
g) propose to the armed forces the effects of their work in directing
and executing tasks turned to the establishment of social justice and
towards the defense of an ecological planetary equilibrium
h) institute a document of personal identification recognized all over
i) hold plebiscites as a form of valuing citizenship and amplifying
direct and participative democracy.
j) acts towards the democratization of the media and communication means,
as an objective of guaranteeing to all the information divulged of new
ideas and thoughts; working so that the media assumes an ethical
commitment of being at service with the values that edify and fortify a
culture of peace amongst all beings.
l) propose the creation of a monetary unity, on a planetary scale, based
on respect and the value of an economic solidarity and of the life of
the more unprivileged communities.
m) defend a legislation which is fair towards the valuing of the State
n) create mechanisms and systems that enable effective participation of
all in political, economical, cultural and social life on a planetary
o) develop respect towards individual and collective rights, towards
plurality and towards the diversity of ideas and thoughts.
p) guarantee equal opportunities for all, without discriminations,
q) promote the access of all to education, especially the education of
r) promote the access to health, adopting a healthy life with natural
s) institute actions that promote changes in consumerism habits,
substituting excessive consumerism by conscious consumerism, with the
equilibrated use of natural resources.
t) incentivate, on a world scale, the adoption of a neutral language –
like Esperanto - as the language of communication and cultural and
commercial exchange, conserving local dialects and languages,
guaranteeing linguistically, democracy and the maintenance of cultural
values of all peoples.
u) recommend the creation of establishments, whose participants are, in
a cooperative and fair system, their proprietors.
v) support and develop agricultural activities that, through the
perception of the unity of life, protect nature, objectifying an
agricultural production that is in harmony with nature, guaranteeing
organic nourishment and the correct and ecological use of the
x) congregate social organizations to potentially increase their forces
and spread their works.
y) support and promote cultural and spiritual events or campaigns that
can elevate societies paradigms.
Humanity needs all of us!
Each one of us
has the power to change the world.
And together our power is even bigger!
1st WORLD SPIRITUAL FORUM
Brasília – December 2006.
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