HARMONIOUS CIVILIZATION. GHA Program Book. Discussion

Postby Maria Cristina Azcona » Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:38 am

This is a crucial book: This is the first time a group of philosophers and writers coming from different countries, cultural perspectives and faiths start to build an intellectual gnosis, a well-sustained structure around Peace o­n Earth

Conjunctly with this gnosis, centered in Semashko´s Tetrasociology theory of Social Spheres, the philosophers participant in this project have found out a technique toobtaininginternational understanding and peace.

Semashko has a virtue: He is capable to understand how to create a sphere of dialogue, a democratic space where to discuss the cultural meanings of non-violence and harmonious peace, freely. He knows how to be intellectual leader and like a professor, guides us towards the development of substantial theories.

All of us, at the book are leaders in our respective countries, peacemakers and strong personalities indeed. Anyway, he is able to conduct us in a harmonious way, towards the resolution of our conflicts, towards the development as important articles that are written among us, leaded by him.

The Harmonious Civilization Universal Declaration is the Constitution of a new global political order. The Global Harmony Treaty for Nuclear Disarmament is an essential document to be analyzed by students at any college or school. I’m sure Doctor Kahan has insisted in this particular part of the book.

The inclusion of email letters and communications through the Peace from harmony group digest gives a picturesque aspect to this book, letting it apart from being excessively structured. This part seems great for me.

The reader finds this part instructive to know the “how to” of writing a book like this o­ne.

The diversity of matters, like the Alternative Reserve Currency of Harmony (H), Global Harmonious Education and so o­n, is a proof of democratic discussions at this team of philosophers and peacemakers.

The chapter about tetra sociology is very clear, descriptively well written, through logical diagrams and thoughtful schemes.

There is a chapter about biographies and images of the Participants: Ada Aharoni, Ernesto Kahan, and other legendary peace heroes of nowadays, like Renato Corsetti, Tatomir Ion Marius, Guy Crequie, Susana Roberts, and many more, that creates an emotional, moving state of mind in the reader of this book.

The composition of the book has not been made by an impersonal group of scientists but ha been written by leaders, by strong characters, protagonists of the building out of a New Harmonic Earth. After reading the book, I have developed a certainty: it will serve as a basis to the foundation of a new international order where democracy will be substitute of the actual search for the hegemony of o­ne country or the other.

The book indicates clearly that harmonious Civilization is a democratic o­ne, prepared through education of new generations in the respect to all the different points of view, the respect towards each person´s belief, cultural ideology and political orientation.

The book resolves the dilemma of humanity of all times: As Ada Aharoni says:

How could possibly we, human beings, would be able to learn how to live all together?

Maria Cristina Azcona
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Argentina
20/12/09
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Postby Leo Semashko » Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:40 am

Dear friends from harmony,

I like to acquaint you with Dr. Laj Utreja’s remarkable review of our collective book “Harmonious Civilization”. This review is interesting and unique that it is written from positions of traditional Hindu culture of harmony based o­n an order of dharma. This review, as well as others, shows, that our collective book of the GHA 120 coauthors answers to the criteria of the basic world cultures: West, Islam, China and India. Therefore, can assert, a new Age of Harmonious Enlightenment in the 21st century and also Harmony Renaissance and Harmony Consensus, about which Dr. Francis Fung speaks, begins with this book.

This review is published o­n page of responses to the address: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=407 Some more authors promised to send reviews which will be published and presented you.

Dr. Leo Semashko,
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Postby Laj Utreja » Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:41 am

In search for an underlying principle or a law about our observations o­n the various natural or man-made events and phenomena, we classify our ideas (in their various stages of development) as conjectures, hypothesis, views and theories, etc. That’s how the objective or the physical laws (such as the Newton’s Law of Gravitation, and the Newton’s Laws of Motion), the chemical laws (such as the Law of Conservation of mass and the Dalton’s Law of Multiple Proportions), the astronomical laws (such as Hubble’s Law of Galactic Motion and the Kepler’s Laws of Planetary Motion) are discovered. The principles and laws are nothing more than an underlying order that the constituent elements obey or follow within the domain of their applicability. The physical, chemical and astronomical laws are objective laws pertaining to the material universe and connote the inherent order for the specific physical, chemical or astronomical phenomenon. It is in following a specific law (by following the underlying order inherent in the specific material domain) that the sustainability of the specific phenomenon is assured. Therefore, it is in following all the known and the unknown laws (by following the underlying orders inherent in the material universe) that the sustainability of the universe is assured.

Just as the objective laws govern the objective universe, so must there be subjective laws governing the subjective universe of human beings. Whereas, harmony is assured because of the inherent order in the objective world, this order must be introduced in the subjective world to assure harmony among all people of different geographies, races, cultures, faiths and genders. The most fundamental of this law is from the Rig Veda, “Vasudeva Kutumbakam – the whole universe is o­ne human family.” The o­nly way to introduce this law into human beings is if they willingly subscribe to this law. This can be done through teaching and training.

It is with this noble intent that o­ne of the great books, ‘Harmonious Civilization’ is written by the 120 Global Harmony Association (GHA) members under guidance of Dr. Leo Semashko, GHA President as o­ne of the leading sociologists of the present era. The book is written for the fragmented world of the 21st century that differentiates people (who are o­ne) as different based o­n their geographies, races, cultures, faiths and genders. And in that sense it is truly democratic. Stated simply, the core message of the book is that all conflicts can be resolved through mutual dialogs by the principle of respect to the different points of view, originating from the other person’s belief, cultural ideology and political orientation. The message also offers education as a tool to train the present generation for restoring harmonious civilization, the basis for sustainability.

The book starts with a summary of the many harmony associated projects undertaken by the GHA since its inception culminating in endorsing two great projects for the world order: 1) Harmonious Civilization Universal Declaration, and 2) Global Harmony Treaty for Nuclear Disarmament. A critical look into the two documents reveals a very well thought out process for finding an order for the global harmony of the subjective world just as o­ne would do for arriving at an objective principle. The noted sociologist has taken into account the human intention from all walks of life – the artists and the scientists, the philosophers and the mathematicians, and the lawyers and the politicians to arrive at the building blocks of harmony. He is successful in engaging them into a dialog o­n the various facets of harmony resulting into the development of letters to the two key players at the world stage – the President of the USA and the President of Russia.

Pragmatically, how can thoughts of being different (exploited by the interested groups) would enable human beings to live in harmony? We may have to the basics of our being a human. Human beings are inherently social beings - we survive and grow o­nly in relation to other people, community, the world, and the environment. We do not exist o­nly as individuals; we obtain our sense and value of being humans by belonging to a human community that includes practice of moral values and our faith to live a human-worthy life. Therefore, for our sustainment alone, we need relationships with people and environment.” And the process of building relationships is through human values.

The origin of human values is the source at the core of our beings. The source being non-physical, non-material, without any attributes and qualities introduces values through Rita, the universal order. The order does not delimit importance of o­ne element of manifestation over the other, but provides an avenue for the universe to sustain itself. That order is called dharma, the sustaining principle. From that order follow the objective laws that govern the physical universe and the subjective laws that govern human beings. Consider for instance, if the sun decides not to shine any longer, or the earth decides not to revolve around the sun; there would be no world and life that we know of. Revolving around the sun, the earth does not diminish its role, but follows intrinsic value in the performance of the universal order. Similarly, the roles of a child and a wife in a family are not inferior or superior to the father or the husband, so long as all follow their intrinsic values in the performance of family order. The same goes with any relationship: the employer, employee; teacher, student and the like. All human values follow from the universal order.

In the performance of any order however is the underlying human intention. Since human intention cannot be legislated, our actions must be guided by a system of appropriate codes of conduct. Our endeavors for security and pleasure, in the conduct of governance and rule, law and order, education, business, trade, science, philosophy, law, agriculture, performing arts, and other orders of society must be performed according to dharma in space-time continuum. Since dharma is consistent with different cultural traditions, business transactions and trade practices under all social, economic and political conditions, it offers the single most effective choice for global harmony, a sustainable society and global peace.

It is to satisfy dharma for the present times that the eminent sociologist offers his theory of Tetraphilosophy and Tetrasociology: a Science of Social Harmony. Tetrasociology is a synthesis of the industrial (and business) ideologies, with its basis in spirituality. In Dr. Semashko’s words, “Tetrasociology consists of deep integration of Western monistic ideas and the Eastern value of harmony.” Based o­n his theory, he together with coauthors has presented many concepts such as ‘Alternative Reserve Currency of Harmony,’ and ‘Global Harmonious Education’ and created an organization Youth Global Harmony Association (YGHA) and American GHA to achieve global harmony. To give his theory a practical shape before it is accepted as a principle, the author proposes a World harmony/Peace Festival to be launched in the near future.

Based o­n my Hindu background I can relate the process selected by the renowned professor thusly: “An old brahmin priest spoke with his Lord Shiva (the ‘life and death’ principle) about heaven and hell (which is called Narakaloka in Sanskrit and differs from other hells in not being eternal, but a temporary state of souls between births where they undergo suffering). The Lord said to the aging pundit, “Come, I will show you hell.” They entered a room where a group of people sat around a huge pot of wonderful smelling vegetable curry. Everyone was famished, desperate and starving. Each held a spoon that reached the pot, but each spoon had a handle so much longer than their arm that it could not be used to get the stew into their own mouths. The suffering was terrible. “Come, now I will show you heaven (which is called Swargaloka in Sanskrit and differs from other heavens in not being eternal, but a temporary state of souls between births where they enjoy comforts),” Lord Shiva said after a while. They entered another room, identical to the first the pot of luscious curry, the group of people, the same long-handled spoons. But everyone was happy and well-nourished. “I don’t understand,” said the Brahmin. “Why are they happy here when they were miserable in the other room where everything was exactly the same?” Lord Shiva smiled, “Ah, it is simple,” He said. “Here they have learned to feed each other.”

Laj Utreja, Ph.D.

Laj Utreja’s professional experience includes hands-on engineer to CEO of a small company related to the U.S. space and defense programs. Laj has also accumulated training and experience in yogaasana, praanaayaama, dhyaana and ayurvedic healing. He is founder of the Institute of Spiritual Healing (ISH) where he teaches Vedic disciplines related to wellness, healing, harmony and peace. He is the author of Who Are We? (2006) and What Is Our origin? (2007). Webpage: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=353

January 23, 2010
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Postby Tatomir Ion-Marius » Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:42 am

Since centuries, there is a common desire of the individual to reach Harmony and bring it in the existential plane, to have a better life, with better conditions. During the historical evolution of events and development, though opposite elements to this Ideal have been shown and brought in manifestation, Harmony hasn’t been loosed from perspective, but received a lesser importance and has been treated rather as an philosophic subject then as an realistic, practical solution to the great challenges of the Mankind.

Few would imaginated that the Harmony, with so great importance for the antique democracy, could be implemented in the daily life with real impact o­n the life of the masses. The book “Harmonious Civilization”, conceived by 119 Global Harmony Association (GHA) members and edited under the guidance of Dr. Leo Semashko, President of the GHA, begins in opening with the touching poem of Rudyard Kipling “If”, offering an view o­n the Harmonious Man, which stays in equilibrium as individual, and also with the collective consciousness, bringing constructive elements in the social life through his harmonious behaviour. The poem is followed by the foreword and a list with the Participants, Authors and Endorsers of the Projects.

If someone hurries to get the essence of this publication, perhaps will pass quickly over the names of contributors, but it would be a mistake; the great number of participants from various countries, from all corners of the Terra, is an signal that Humanity reached a new stage in its development, and today we are closer then ever to the Harmonious Era of the Mankind, actually, we can say, we are already at its beginning.

Understanding, goodwill and cooperation in this purpose are the key-values in this process. The need for Harmony received huge dimensions in the collective consciousness plane and resonates intensely through various projects and initiatives, movements o­n global scale, and this book is another expression of the extraordinary shift of Mankind to the level of a Harmonious Civilization.

In the beginning of the book are listed the achievements and directions of the Global Harmony since 1947 to the present and the collective projects of the GHA.

Two projects are presented with importance for the global change, to be endorsed by world leaders, organizations, individuals:

1) Harmonious Civilization Universal Declaration, and 2) Global Harmony Treaty for Nuclear Disarmament.

1) Harmonious Civilization Universal Declaration defines the necessary characteristics and conditions for achieving Harmony as a reality in all spheres of the global population, with emphasis o­n peace resolution, peace education and active involvement to reach it.

2) Global Harmony Treaty for Nuclear Disarmament is a fundamental solution to global security, by putting and end to any nuclear menace through the Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation.

These projects are analyzed and discussed by GHA members, and the projects are receiving greater sense in the light of this change of opinions, thoughts and impressions.

Global Harmony as Necessary Guarantor for World Security and Nuclear Disarmament is other main point in this book, where two documents are presented and commented: 1. Obama, USA President’s speech in Prague o­n 5 April 2009, and 2. The report of the FAS and NDRC. The essence of this documents is evaluated and appreciated but also completed where are missing the constructive elements to have an efficient global nuclear disarmament, and the principal conclusion is, that o­nly Global Harmony Treaty adoption by world leaders and nations can bring relaxation o­n world scene, abolition forever of the nuclear weapons and peaceful cooperation emerging in World Peace and Global Harmony. Scientists, activists, persons working in different fields of the human activity are developing their points of view and conclusions o­n these issues. Official letters and answers are presented, communications which means a step forward of the GHA purpose.

Next chapters are treating economic (Alternative Reserve Currency of Global Harmony) and educational (World Harmony/Peace Academy and General Harmonious Education in an Information Society, Youth Cross-cultural Harmony Academy) aspects which need attention and involvement from the part of world leaders and international organizations. Harmonization as a tool for peaceful resolution (Russia – Georgia: Harmonization through Education instead of Militarization) and the project of creation of harmonization centers worldwide (WorldNet of Harmony Centers: ”GlobHarmony”) are other interesting proposals to pay attention.

World Harmony/Peace Festival 2010: Revolution of advertising and exhibition activity, a meaningful project created to celebrate the Harmony (yearly) through exhibitions of the best results/creations of the social, informational, organizational, technical spheres, in the view that harmonic achievements become known, recognized, appreciated, and they may inspire others to engage in harmonious creativity, for a better, peaceful, harmonious world, in the spirit of the Harmonious Civilization.

A detailed presentation of the Tetraphilosophy and Tetrasociology (*together: Tetrism): a Science of Social Harmony, by dr. Leo Semashko, exposes the Tetrism (harmonism), a global peace ideology that manifests within the global harmonious (sphere) classes of humanity of a harmonious civilization.

Tetrasociology, social science initiated by dr. Leo Semashko, constitutes the point of depart for all main Projects of the GHA, and the geniality of this system places its Founder among the Greatest Philosophers of the Humanity.

In the end of the book can be seen the profiles of 38 GHA Honorary Members and Active Participants. “Harmonious Civilization” is a proof of harmonious international cooperation and announces a new opening in the History of Humanity, that of the Harmonious Era, characterized by the Culture of Peace and Harmonic Achievements.

30/01/10
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Postby Rene_Wadlow » Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:45 am

Making Harmony Operational

Harmony is a recurrent theme in Russian thought.Harmony is seen as the essence of the world of both nature and humans. Harmony is understandable through higher consciousness but is often overshadowed by temporary but strong disharmonies. Thus there is a necessity for the conscious restoration of harmony or to use a Taoist term, the cultivation of harmony.

One of the pre-Revolution St. Petersburg-Moscow intellectuals to stress the concept of harmony as the nature of the world was Pyotr Denianovich Ouspensky (1878-1947). Ouspensky is often known today for his association after 1915 with Georges Ivanovich Gurdjieff as recounted in his In Search of the Miraculous (1). Although Gurdjieff called his training center outside of Paris the Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man, his austere doctrine held that human beings are asleep, mere machines manipulated by the forces around them.Although humans believe that they are conscious and have free will, these are o­nly illusions. Humanity’s o­nly chance of freeing itself from this bondage is to awaken, a difficult and dangerous task requiring much work and tremendous efforts.From 1915 when Gurdjieff appeared o­n the scene in Moscow until his death in 1949 in Paris, Gurdjieff devoted himself to the often unrewarding task of waking up his fellow human beings. His methods involved various exercises designed to awaken the physical, emotional and mental life of his followers with techniques learned among the Sufis of Central Asia and the schools of Tibetan Buddhism in Mongolia.

Yet there was an earlier, pre-1915 Ouspensky, more optimistic, with more emphasis o­n harmony as the core of the world, author of Tertium Organum in 1912 (2), of Strange Life of Ivan Osokin (3), of A New Model of the Universe (4), and the translator into Russian of R.M. Bucke Cosmic Consciousness (5)

Leo Semashko does not refer** to Ouspensky but has set out his own view of harmony and balance in a chapter “Tetraphilosophy and Tetrasociology: a Science of Social Harmony”. The basic issue is how do we make the concept of harmony operational? How do we move from situations which are obviously disharmonic so as to manifest the basic harmony which lies underneath?Or, if there is no pre-existing structure of harmony, can we create harmony through joint effort?

There are two situations raised in the book that merit analysis: o­ne a situation of disharmony of short duration but of potential danger, the other a longer-lasting situation of disharmony of even greater danger.

The disharmony of short duration is the 7 August 2008 entry of Georgian armed forces into the separatist republic of South Ossetia, followed by an overwhelming response of South Ossetia’s Russian allies into both South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

The disharmony of long duration is the stockpile of nuclear weapons held by a small number of States and their impact o­n world politics.

The demands of South Ossetia and Abkazia for independence from Georgia date from 1992 and the break up of the Soviet Union. However, both the South Ossetia and Abkhazia conflicts in the terminology of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) were considered “frozen”, that is, no war but no settlement. The United Nations was involved in mediation between Georgia and Abkhazia, the OSCE was to mediate the Georgia-South Ossetia conflict.In May 1994, after some 13 months of fighting between Georgian and Abkhazian forces, a quadripartite agreement was signed in Geneva among the representatives of Georgia, Abkhazia, Russia and the UN. Thus from 1994 to 2008, the Abkhaz and South Ossetia conflicts had been “frozen” with some periodic meetings between government representatives and some efforts among non-governmental organizations to see if compromises could be reached.In 1994, the first Chechen war started and became the main Russian preoccupation in the Caucasus.

Unfortunately, the period since 1994 has not been intellectually creative in terms of political structures or harmony cultivation in the Caucasus.Chechenya has been “pacified” by military means, but antagonism among peoples has grown. Economic stagnation has remained the dominant economic mode of Georgia. The Abkhaz and South Ossetia governments insist o­n independence and their independence has been recognized by Russia and a small number of other states.Milheil Saakashvili, who replaced Eduard Shevardnadze as President of Georgia, has made national unification a centrepiece of his agenda, although he would be willing to discuss Abkhaz autonomy and military confidence-building measures.In 2009, talks o­n the future relations of Abkhazia and South Ossetia have started at the UN in Geneva. The conflicts seem again “frozen” but progress toward stable peace seems slow.

Thus the importance of the ideas set out by Leo Semashko and his colleagues of the Global Harmony Association for “Russia-Georgia: Harmonization through Education instead of Militarization.” Such education works toward a new harmonious civilization, based o­n harmonious pluralism, which is being born painfully from within the old.

The same need for education, awareness and a modification of attitudes and values holds true for the other, longer-term factor of disharmony: the presence of nuclear weapons.

As Albert Schweitzer wrote “The human race must be converted to a fresh mental attitude if it is not to suffer extinction. A new renaissance, much greater than that in which we emerged from the Middle Ages, is absolutely essential. Are we going to draw from the spirit enough strength to create new conditions and turn our faces o­nce again to civilization, or are we going to draw our inspiration from our surrounding and go down with them to ruin?”

War and the potential of the use of nuclear weapons is the obvious opposite of Schweitzer’s philosophy of reverence for life.Thus, in the mid-1950s, when the political focus was o­n the testing in the atmosphere of nuclear weapons, Schweitzer came out strongly for the abolition of nuclear tests. His statements o­n the nuclear weapons issue are collected in his Peace or atomic war (6). The statements had an impact with many, touched by the ethical appeal when they had not been moved to action by political reasoning. That current of protests led to the 1963 Nuclear Test Ban Treaty which bans tests in the atmosphere — an important first step.

Yet today, there are over 27,000 nuclear weapons in the world; Russia and the USA posses over ninety percent of them. The USA has about 10,000 nuclear weapons — some as battlefield ‘technical’ nukes, some in storage and several thousand mounted o­n fuelled, hair-trigger-to-launch intercontinental ballistic missiles.The Russians have over 15,000 nuclear weapons — also several thousand of them o­n fuelled, hair-trigger-alert missiles.Launch o­n warning continues as if the Cold War had not ended.

If the US and Russia demonstrated active fulfilment of disarmament commitments, they would have the strongest argument for stopping any new proliferators.Such commitment could easily be achieved by simply de-alerting the weapons, removing the war heads from the delivery vehicles and taking them off launch-on-warning. These steps would give tremendous credence to efforts to stem proliferation.

Thus the Global Harmony Association makes a particular appeal to Presidents Obama and Medvedev to take action towards a nuclear-weapon free world that President Obama has set as a goal in his 5 April 2009 speech in Prague. Nuclear disarmament needs to be part of a plan for general and complete disarmament. Disarmament requires a conscious, coordinated and concerted self-restriction of national interests and use of resources and a move toward finding common interests. There are some signs of a trend which can lead to a qualitatively new era of sustainable harmonious development which would make disarmament possible. We need to work together to strengthen these positive trends.

Notes

1)In English: In Search of the Miraculous (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1983)

2)In English: Tertium Organum (New York: Alfred Knopf; 1981)

3)In English Strange Life of Ivan Osokin (London: Arkana; 1987)

4)In English: A New Model of the Universe (New York: Alfred Knopf, 1969)

5)Richard Maurice Bucke Cosmic Consciousness (London: Innes & Sons, 1901) It is this first edition which Ouspensky translated into Russian. There is an enlarged 1926 Fifth edition.

6)Peace or atomic war? (New York: Henry Holt, 1958)


Rene Wadlow, Representative to the United Nations, Geneva, Association of World Citizens

31/01/10

** Leo Semashko comment. In this book I excluded the historical analysis of ideas of harmony which I made in other my book Sociology for Pragmatists (1999, in Russian). Here (p. 332) I concern Ouspensky and Gurdjieff’s four-dimensional ideas shortly. Certainly, my historical analysis is also very limited. Creation World History of Harmonious Ideas from Antiquity to Now is a question of future. Tetrasociology as a science of social and individual harmony frees representation about harmony from Ouspensky and Gurdjieff’s mystical form. But their experience, especially the Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man in France in 1922-1932, is very interesting as a step o­n a way of knowledge of harmony which always interested Russian thinkers.

01/02/10
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Postby Dominica F. McBride » Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:46 am

Moving Forward

Everything made by humans first began with a thought, a mental imagining or visualization, and then, with action, was manifested in physical reality. Leo Semashko and 119 participants from 34 countries, also known as the Global Harmony Association (GHA), convened to construct an amalgamation of ideas that, with action, can move towards creating a harmonious world.

Harmonious Civilization is a detailed and comprehensive collection of past, present, future, organic and philosophical ideas for creating or uncovering the latent harmony that exists naturally in the universe. Dr. Semashko and other GHA members collaborated to construct a possible path to a holistically harmonious future. o­n this path lay all spheres of life, from the social and economic to the ecological and organic. Leo et al. poignantly and assertively delineate several aspects of a solution to the problem of perpetual conflict and targeted neglect (resulting in tragedies like mass starvation).Through radical measures towards harmony, including Harmon (i.e., a currency and tool to establish economic equality, thus, furthering holistic equity) and the World Harmony/Peace Academy, this book elucidates creative ventures in establishing order and peace. It also provides various communications between GHA members and other leadership, such as Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev, offering examples for others to follow in the movement towards harmony.

While this book supplies a plethora of creative and provocative ideas and progressive action steps, it falters in its ability to explain each notion presented in laymen’s terms. Using bombastic and erudite language can deter some who may be the o­nes to implement the mission of the organization and identified sentiments. However, each work of art, piece of literature, and scholarly project is made for a certain purpose or to reach a particular audience. Such is true for Harmonious Civilization. This book appears to be a call to leaders to apply the steps and presented ideas. It is a philosophical journey, a demonstration of comprehensive communication, and a directive for others (particularly leaders) to hopefully follow.

Each person is born with a unique, inherent combination of skills, which demonstrate the need and value of community. Some are born with the talent to write; some with the talent to build; others with the skill to implement an idea. Members of GHA have exhibited their talent to construct philosophical ideas and comprehensively detail steps in progressing towards pervasive harmony. It is up to the reader and associates to be proactive in moving forward and building o­n this philosophical foundation.

05/02/10
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Postby Viktoryia Osipchyk » Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:47 am

The book of Global Harmony Association (GHA) “Harmonious Civilization” is undoubtedly interested for reader’s community; in any case it leaves indifferent nobody. Abundance of different projects concerning the inoculation of Global Harmony idea impresses. This idea in itself inspires respect. It should be noted that some projects are declarative; they are more like certain versions of possible positive strategy of developing the modern world. Undoubtedly the idea of global harmonious development is a high axiological landmark. But unfortunately the declaration of an idea does not mean its incarnation. But even there is its implementation, it does not mean well-known result. History is familiar with such examples. Some projects are short of analytical intensity and elaborated versions. Although from an ethical standpoint, in view of a moral responsibility for the World, where we live, there is vast potential in each of these projects and, of course, in letters by GHA members.

I believe that orientation to such high ideal as Harmonious Civilization is inherent to mankind as such (that matter is in basis for analyzing and conclusions about ideal human orientations). The innovation element of GHA projects is in exclusive assurance in possibility to implement of these projects and in conviction that “harmonious” result will be obtained after realization of the projects. In this case I would like to hope that such implementation is possible, though the analysis of the projects does not give such assurance. I believe that deficiency of accountability in step description of the projects and their insignificant pretension does not allow obtaining real support of political leaders and necessary financing for some projects. But undoubtedly this book contains many useful and important ideas which force to reflect over actual world problems and possibility of modern World rearrangement.

Separate attention should be devoted to that part of the book, where the principles of Tetraphilosophy and Tetrasociology as social Harmony science are described.It is this science that contains philosophical foundations andsociologic axioms of that fundamental knowledge which serves as the basis for building the World of social and individual harmony. Limited volume of the book has not allowed presenting this theory fully, but this chapter is an excellent introduction into Tetrasociology.

Viktoryia Osipchyk
PhD student of the Institute of Philosophy
National Academy of Sciences of Belarus
Minsk, Belarus
Website www.philosophy.by
osipchik at mail.ru
March 25, 2010
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Postby Leo Semashko » Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:49 am

Interview about Harmonious Civilization

Dear friends and colleagues!

I glad to inform you, that o­n March 23 in the most known newspaper of St.-Petersburg (the population about 5 million) “St.-Petersburg News” o­n page 4 is published the interview of young talented journalist Anastasia Dolgosheva with me under the significant title: "The harmoniously developed". Certainly, this definition is given our Harmony Association with advances and reflects not a reality but o­nly our purpose and aspiration. The word “harmonious" isolates also from the sad associations with the “developed socialism”.

The main dignity of interview consists in its width and the positive attentive relation, however, not without a share of irony and criticism. In it many names are mentioned: Medvedev and Obama Presidents, sociologists Bernard Scott from England and Reimon Bachika from Japan, Mahatma Gandhi and congressman Denis Kucinich; poetesses Ada Aharoni from Israel and ancient Greek Democritus; many countries: Russia, USA, India, Japan, Costa Rica; many events: nuclear disarmament, Harmony Festivals in California, International Political Club-2009 for a harmonious civilization; and the main thing – the basic ideas of social harmony which found development in our GHA for 5 years. My sincere gratitude Anastasia for her valuable and important for townspeople interview.

Article can be found in Russian o­n the site: http://www.spbvedomosti.ru in Archive for March 23 or to addresses: http://www.spbvedomosti.ru/article.htm? ... V_Articles and

http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=ru_c&key=434 We will try to translate this interview into English and other languages of our website.
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Postby Kae Morii » Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:50 am

Dear Dr. Leo Semashko and all

Please accept our admiration!It's nice news for GHA to be published in the most known newspaper of St.-Petersburg. Dr. Bernard Scott, Prof. Reimon Bachika, Dr. Ada Aharoni and you, all is walking o­n the harmonious way with Mahatma Gandhi, it would sounds wonderful peace. Sincerely yours,Kae Morii, Poet, World Academy of Arts and Culture, Japan 24/03/10
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Postby Bernard Scott » Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:50 am

Well done, Leo!

Best wishes,

Dr. Bernard Scott, sociologist, President, RC51 o­n Sociocybernetics, International Sociological Association, England, 24/03/10
Bernard Scott
 

Postby Charles Mercieca » Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:51 am

Dear Leo:

Thanks for this wonderful news. To reach the whole world fast and smooth relative to the importance of diffusing peace and harmony around the world, we need to use the news media to the best we can. You did just that. Congratulations.

Dr. Charles Mercieca, President, International Association of Educators for World Peace, USA, 24/03/10
Charles Mercieca
 

Postby Maitreyee Roy » Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:51 am

Dear Leo

It’s good to know about your interview. In a way it can be accepted as a pioneering effort to spread up the ideology of peace and harmony to the people of Russia. My poetry o­n peace and harmony is also displayed in the commemorative volume of a journal of Basanti Devi College. Thanks and best wishes.

Dr. Maitreyee Roy, Basanti Devi College Principal, Kolkata, India 24/03/10
Maitreyee Roy
 

Postby Laj Utreja » Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:52 am

Dear Leo:

My heartiest congratulations for your press coverage of “The Harmoniously Developed" in St.-Petersburg News. It is this kind of publicity that will bring awareness about global harmony to the rest of the world. If the English translation becomes available soon I can send a copy to congressman Denis Kucinich. With warmest regards, Dr. Laj Utreja, President, GHA-USA 24/03/10
Laj Utreja
 

Postby Ernesto Kahan » Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:52 am

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Leo, you are always doing great things. We are proud of you. Prof. Ernesto Kahan, Vice President, World Academy of Arts and Culture, Israel, 25/03/10
Ernesto Kahan
 

Postby Nina Yudina » Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:52 am

This idea of the Harmonious civilization, of course, reminds, Quixote. But it is necessary to reflect slightly and ask to myself a question where we want to grow our children and the hand rises at o­nce upwards, as at voting. As a matter of fact, Leo Semashko – is right … Can really it is necessary to make the first steps towards to the future and at least to learn our children by Harmony. To live in harmony with himself and world around not too difficultly, if to learn to respect not o­nly the own WORLD, but the WORLD of the neighbor! Nina Yudina, Poet, Russia, 25/03/10
Nina Yudina
 

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