DiEM25 reiterates on the International day of Peace the call for a global ceasefire initiated by the United Nations.
Capitalism can be surmised as ‘Profit or Perish’, in a sense that an entity has to do whatever it can to maintain its profits on the backs of nature and other entities. More generally, the rule of the few, regardless of the ideology they adopt, creates a singular structure that rejects everyone that is different and tries to protect itself by dehumanising the other. The waging of endless conflicts — to maintain profit — has reached unprecedented levels, pushing military and security spending through the roof while imposing austerity.
Dehumanisation is the absence of Love and Compassion!
Radical love and compassion is urgently needed to face the two imminent threats as noted by Noam Chomsky; those being nuclear annihilation and the ongoing environmental catastrophe. We acknowledge that this is not an easy task — especially when one’s life is reduced to a daily grind. However, once each one of us manages to remove the filters implanted by fear mongering private institutions that seek profit, such as the mainstream media, we are able to see the ‘other’ as a living being having the same needs, rights and dreams of a common utopia.
Let us be clear, this is a moral quest, a moral quest to transcend the suffering and trauma each of us carries within due to oppression. Equally, it is paramount to acknowledge the interconnectedness of life whether on the environmental, societal, or economical levels. Accordingly, each individual’s mode of thought is the outcome of accumulated knowledge, acquired experiences, and the dialectical interaction with the world. Irrespective of personal philosophy, the Buddha illustrates the need to transform mono-dimensional thinking to a multi-dimensional one; to
“Contemplate the nature of interconnected arising during every moment… The one contains the many and the many contain the one, without the one there cannot be the many and without the many there cannot be the one.”
DiEM25’s Green New Deal for Europe takes into consideration the interconnectedness of all forms of life, and is the first step towards a sustainable life.
This calls us to create the world that we, and our future generations, want to live in. This can happen — must happen — by first reattaining our freedom to dream, to dream a better future where justice and dignity for all life is respected. This freedom that was taken from us by the “live in the moment and forget about the struggle” motto of consumerism and conformity.
Currently, new initiatives, such as the Progressive International (PI), are reimagining the ancient notions of interconnectedness of life as illustrated by Buddha’s quote. The PI is a materialisation of the PANIC NOW mindset that is needed to face our global struggles collectively. In that regard, DiEM25 reiterates on the International day of Peace the call to global ceasefire that was initiated by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
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Image: The Struggle for Emancipation by David Alfaro Siqueiros.
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