Noble Peace >
A Non-Negotiable Stand For Life
The Noble Peace Tribe joins a new wave of emerging Experimental Peace Research & Learning Centers that look into key research areas, such as:
- Building community,
These Experimental Research & Learning Centers should synthesize different solutions in the above areas (and others) into a coherent system, since what brings about global change isn’t a single solution, person or project, but an integrated unified system.
Our Vision: The Noble Peace Tribe’s Guiding Star
A humane global system change that transcends war to peace, exploitation to cooperation and fear to trust.
(Read more on this here: LASTING PEACE AND FUNCTIONING COMMUNITIES)
This guiding star is the (long-term) vision that is framed as the desired future system toward which the Noble Peace Tribe is working and serves as a navigational tool.
“The transition from the matrix of violence to the Sacred Matrix of peace does not act on the logic of a power struggle, but on a change of program that is possible to conduct in every moment.”
Duhm, Dieter. “The Sacred Matrix: From the Matrix of Violence to the Matrix of Life, The Foundation for a New Civilization.” Verlag.
System change requires new system thinking
To visualize our guiding star (vision) better we created two feedback loops: a vicious cycle for the currently ending global system, and a virtuous cycle illustrating the humane global system change.
Break out from this VICIOUS feedback loop…
… to get into this VIRTUOUS feedback loop:
These feedback loops are nicely illustrated by the following quote from Albert Einstein:
A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.– Albert Einstein
To whom was Einstein referring to by “embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty”?
When The Noble Peace Tribe refers to peace, we are not only talking about the absence of war, peace between mankind, but in the more inclusive ethics-based advocacy sense of respect for people of all races and creeds, for women, for gays, lesbians, transgender, and for the animals.
Perhaps it would also be useful to give an example of this by referring to someone who believed that all types of people and sentient animals were deserving of our moral concern: Cesar Chavez.
Cesar Chavez: a pioneer in peace-building & intersectional activism since the 1960s
Cesar Chavez (1927 – 1993) is the United States’ best-known Latino-American* leader, remembered as being the head of the United Farm Workers (“UFW”). Chavez and the UFW sought higher pay and better working conditions in an industry that traditionally paid less than a living wage and made its employees work long days in the heat or cold, without breaks, without adequate water, and without toilet facilities.
However, Cesar Chavez had more than one dimension. In fact, he was a moral pioneer, adopting progressive positions long before they became popular. He did this in the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s by relentlessly extending the ethical principle of “respect,” not only for farmworkers but also for:
- Women — by supporting them in the workplace; Chavez encouraged women to rise to positions of responsibility and leadership in the UFW; he also demanded that there be no sexual harassment of female farmworkers; the movement against sexual harassment of women in the workplace came into national prominence in 2017 with the #metoo movement; Cesar Chavez was protesting sexual harrassment of female farmworkers back in the 1970s;
- Gays and lesbians — in the 1970s, Chavez was the first major civil rights leader to support gays and lesbians; at that time, and for many decades, this was not a popular position; it is still controversial among some people; and
- Animals — becoming a vegetarian and then a vegan, actively promoting respect and compassion for animals back in the 1980s and early 1990s when animal rights and veganism were not part of the national conversation.
*Latino, Latino-American and Hispanic are used interchangeably in this guide as their applications continue to evolve.
In addition, Chavez joined many leaders of the 20th century in promoting a society free from child labor and from discrimination based on race, ethnic background, or religious affiliation. He was against the use of pesticides that were often sprayed on the farmworkers as they labored in the fields.
Cesar Chavez was a deeply religious Catholic and developed his prescient positions on women, gays, lesbians, and animals by applying the Christian ethic of love and respect for all. He was also a disciple of the Indian leader, Mahatma Gandhi, who was a vegetarian and an advocate of promoting social change through nonviolent direct action.
In this short statement, given within a year of his death, Cesar Chavez sets out the ultimate expression of the philosophy that informed his life:
We need in a special way to work twice as hard to make all people understand that animals are fellow creatures; that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves. And that the basis for peace is respecting all creatures. We cannot hope to have peace until we respect everyone, respect ourselves and all living beings.– Cesar Chavez
We cannot defend and be kind to animals until we stop exploiting them. Exploiting them in the name of science, exploiting them in the name of sport, exploiting them in the name of fashion, and yes, exploiting them in the name of food. The basis for peace is respecting all creatures. That’s the basis for peace.
If you feel like the life and work of Cesar Chavez can provide an example of the positive leadership that is sorely needed in contemporary society, please click on this link to lean more: CESAR CHAVEZ: RESPECT FOR ALL