ABC's of Human Survival: A Paradigm for Global Citizenship by Arthur Clark

By Arthur Clark

The ABCs of Human Survival examines the impact of militant nationalism and the lawlessness of strong states at the future health of people and native groups and the fundamental function of world citizenship inside of that dynamic. in keeping with the research of global occasions, Dr. Arthur Clark offers militant nationalism as a pathological development of pondering that threatens our defense, whereas emphasizing powerful democracy and foreign legislations as essential frameworks for human safeguard. in the contexts of historical past, sociology, philosophy, and spirituality, The ABCs of Human Survival calls into query the assumptions of purchaser tradition and provides, as a substitute, recommendations to enhance total wellbeing and fitness throughout the very important offerings we make as participants.

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In a book that has become a modern classic (The Denial of Death, 1973), Ernest Becker proposes that our self-destructive behavior and much of our culture can be explained by the very human fear of death. Each of us is going to die, and we know it. Culture can be understood as a strategy for coping with the anxiety produced by that awareness. We create “immortality systems,” ways of denying our mortality by identifying with something we believe to be eternal. Being a citizen of the Roman Empire, a Roman Catholic, a Christian, a Muslim, a Jew, a patriot, a Communist, or simply being “saved” can serve as a sort of security blanket.

International human rights law and humanitarian law affirm the priority of human well-being over state power and violent contests for power. Article 51 of the UN Charter affirms the right to self-defense, strictly defined in authoritative interpretations of the Charter. Christianity and other major spiritual traditions at their origins affirmed and actualized a profound respect for human well-being and made allegiance to power dependent upon and subordinate to that priority. International law and the origins of the world’s spiritual traditions represent healthy responses to the pathology of [42] Choosing the Future power.

I am a physician, currently a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary in western Canada. I am a citizen of Canada, and the widower of a woman from Iraq, Irma Parhad, with whom I shared my life and work. She was born in Mosul and attended high school in Baghdad and college and medical school in Chicago. We met during our neurology residency years in Albany, New York, served on the faculty at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland, and moved to Canada in 1984 to establish a neuroscience research program.

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