This article is also a plea for the establishment
of a new political Party which rests its credentials on the foundations
of Peace, Health and Education.
In Torwards theTwenty First Century
Similarly, the modern state with its industrial-military complex
in the hands of a comparatively few people has a tendency to dictate
the course of society and suppress any full expression of individuality
amongst the masses of the population. The dangerous habit of our
age is to think only of large numbers, mass organisations and mega
Even in our so called Democratic Societies of the Developed World
there isa materialistic tendency based on Economic rationalism which
using the Darwinian Dogma of the Surviaval of the fittest places
priority on economics at the expense of environmental and societal
degradation and education based on a reductive old paradigm .There
is no Department of Peace attached to any Government.
We live in a disenfranchised community with massive health problems.
The major cause of morbidity and mortality in the States is medical
treatment itself, followed closely by cancer and cardiovascular
disease.This approximates to what is happening in Australia. People
have lost the art of healing themselves and the medical profession
is there only to support the pharmaceutical industries whose combined
profits have gross GDP's greater than the developing world. These
profits come to almost one trillion dollars a year. There is also
an epidemic of depression, stress, diabetes, dementia, inequity
and poverty in the world which are all diseases.
The biomedical model is based on the premise that human beings
are machines and that if they're ill the components of the machine
need to be replaced.
This notion of disease has been present since the beginning of
science in the western society initiated by Francis Bacon in the
17th century. Doctors are not here to manipulate patients or to
destroy illness but this is exactly what pharmaceutical chemicals
do. They target one organ and at the same time the side affects
rampage throughout the body creating toxicity.
We have to understand that life is a support system and living
should be an enjoyable health giving process. Our cells and our
bodies are geared to survive and have enormous facilities for survival.
In the body as on the planet every part contributes to the wellbeing
of the whole. Just as our cells are all connected, human beings
on the planet are all connected. Just as our cells and our living
system are conscious, our whole planet is conscious. It is this
consciousness and awareness that can give rise to healing and a
sense of cooperation and interconnectedness.
It is the climate of fear induced by global inequity and stress,
the lack of parental care, the lack of nurturing of children, the
increase of one child families, lack of education and an emphasis
on economic survival at the expense of anything else which creates
the severe stress which is a prerequisite to the diseases of western
The health system is collapsing as more and more expensive drugs
are produced with more and more side affects. People are taught
to become consumers of medicine. In our society there is no emphasis
on prevention of illness or promotion of health-- in fact medicare
rebates will not be given for such activities.
The doctor patient relationship is no longer a partnership or even
an opportunity for rapport when doctors are not taught that they
are healers but have to conform to prescribed protocols, advanced
by pharmaceutical companies for the sake of maximizing profits.
The general practice and the specialist rooms are pure conveyor
belts for the purpose of making money. Healing has gone out of the
We need a new kind of Medicine which is based on the best of allopathic,
nutrition and environmental ,mind-body and vibrational medicine.
We need to take into account the power of other forms of healing
such as meditation, visualization, relaxation, hypnotherapy, laying
of hands, reiki and intercessory prayer. There are courses in intercessory
prayer in over 50 major universities in the US.
The essence of healing is based not on organ dysfunction but on
the persons maladaptive relationship to his life and the reality
he creates around himself. Professor Michael Marmot has indeed emphasized
the 10 social determinants of health. These include a sense of self
mastery and empowerment, a need to feel part of a community as well
as adequate nutrition and the need to live in a local community,
rather than have to travel long distances to work. Social exclusion
and marginalization are indicators of premature death and degenerative
disease and lack of self empowerment and inability to feel a sense
of mastery at work is a prerequisite for cardiovascular disease
and heart attack.
Thus we need to understand that in order to create a new health
system we have to understand our relationship between ourselves
and our communities and to specifically seek to release stress in
ourselves including yoga and regular meditation.
If our hospitals were caring, loving institutions the morbidity
that is attached to hospital admission would be significantly decreased.
If even our physicians at times stopped before an operating session
or consultation to utter a short prayer or our nurses were to gather
together in groups to meditate in silence this would have a tremendously
positive effect on their own work and the attitudes and lives of
the patients in the hospitals.
The key to healing is relationship. Being loved is about being
seen and being able to express yourself in a situation where you
can be heard. Dean Ornish has said that as little as 6 weeks in
a loving supportive group can affect recurrence in death rates in
cancer years later.
Thus social relationships impact on our physiology. The most famous
scientific trials are the increased survival times in patients with
breast cancer attending support groups (David Speigel) and stress
reduction techniques on healing malignant melanoma (Fauzey &
Fauzey) and the reduction of heart disease with a comprehensive
lifestyle program treating the mind and body (Dean Ornish).
The educational system is here for sustaining an economic and political
order which is creating a wide spread human suffering and environmental
degradation. It is compartmentalized and doesn't educate for life
or emotional intelligence.
The education system is still ensconsed in Victorian and archaic
ways of thinking. Many teachers would love to be able to spread
their wings to nurture and teach their pupils creativity and meditation
in a more wholistic and nurturing way. This kind of education not
only liberates the teacher giving them more freedom and less restriction
to an outmoded curriculum, but of course also liberates the child
to their learning potential.
Dr Paul Wild has said that "Teaching is the only profession
where a teacher could do a time travel over the past several hundred
years and start work immediately - so familiar are the structures
and layouts and power relations that they haven't changed all that
much over the past 300 years. In fact our schools, hospitals and
prisons have much in common both in their operations and their derivation
with the ancient Roman bureaucratic (hierarchy and regimentation)
method of organising troops - the Decurion".
Our so called enlightened post constructional pluralistic education
doesn't feed the billions of hungry folk on earth, or heal the sick
and dying children. It has been said that something has gone terribly,
terribly wrong deep within pedagogy.
There seems to be a great divide between the educated, professional
and industrial elite and normal everyday people. An academic has
to follow certain prescribed rules and regulations and remain focused
on his/her particular discipline. This means that in universities
there is no real integration between various disciplines and rarely
do scientists and academics see the whole picture.
In fact, science has become a religion for the public and people
accept an objective reality as being truth rather than looking at
more humane issues such as values, altruism, consciousness, conscience,
or truth. These life issues are rarely dealt with in a holistic
way in universities and are not subjects which are developed in
In a way science has become a rather restrictive monolith preventing
true freedom of the human spirit.
Ralston Saul, the Canadian philosopher, has made the point that
there is an enormous hiatus between the educated elite taught in
their special schools and universities and concentrating on idealistic
values and accumulation of wealth and the ordinary person who is
purely fodder for sustaining an economic, political order which
is creating widespread human suffering and environmental degradation.
Education is compartmentalised and does not educate for life or
emotional intelligence. Education should be about building the individual
citizens of tomorrow who will be able to seek singly and jointly
to answer the question 'how then should we live together today for
a better world tomorrow for our children?'
The educational system as it stands takes on a male oriented left
brained parochial linear narrow conservative logical and didactic
This is not the fault of the teachers but is the way they have
been brought up. It is curriculum based and lacks vision. For the
future we need planetary consciousness, visioning of the future,
creativity and innovation.
The paradigm shift that is currently occurring on the planet recognizes
that the observer influences the observed. It places emphasis on
renewal and creativity and the left and right brains working together
as we seek to integrate ourselves by actualizing full brain power
and hidden human creative potential.
Education should be to recognize the ultimate value and dignity
in human life, Yet we see that Education has absolutely no affect
on the anomic disempowered community around us, destabilized by
dysfunctionality, depression, chronic disease and materialism.
Why are not children at least taught to understand the pernicious
nature of the written media and TV. Why aren't they taught to be
more investigative and aware of the way these forms of communication
can affect them adversely.
They need to be able to make reasoned and understanding choices
and enhance their own emotional and intuitive awareness. But this
kind of process is all but ignored in schools and subject to the
whims of families, who are often driven by anxieties and fears based
on financial pressures and health problems.
In education we should seek for the freedom of expression and artistic
and intellectual freedom. Why are our children and students pure
fodder for the sake of the big transnational companies and economic
rationalism? Do they even know what economic rationalism is and
that as pensioners most Australians will exist on less than $30,000
We are in a global crisis in terms of population, health and environmental
degradation. Health, education and global peace are matters which
are inextricably connected. As a nation Australia cannot separate
itself from the destiny of other nations, and as a planet we have
only 10-12 years left to be either severely mutilated or create
a sustainable community or environment.
We need a new peace consciousness in the world and this is at all
levels of society as an organizing principle, coordinating service
to every level of Australian society. The
Health , Education and Peace Party will also endeavor to
promote justice and democratic principles, to expand human rights
and strengthen non-military means of peacemaking.
During the 20th Century, over 100 million people lost their lives
to war - most of whom were non-combatants. Now, as we are well into
the 21st century, the extent and current speed of nuclear proliferation
makes the achievement of non-violent alternatives to war the most
urgent need of the human race. From the growing rate of domestic
violence to increasing problems of international violence, we have
no more serious problem in our midst than the problem of violence
itself. From child abuse to genocide, from the murder of one to
the slaughter of thousands, it is increasingly senseless to merely
wait until violence has erupted before addressing the deeper well
from which it springs. The problem of violence is a many layered
one, and its solution will be, as well.
The Health , Education and Peace Party
represents an important collective effort, as citizens, to do everything
we possibly can to save the world for our children's children.
Throughout Australia, there are many peace-builders and peace-building
projects. Those skilled in ameliorating the effects of violence
- from conflict resolution experts to nonviolent communicators -
have proven their effectiveness at treating root causes of violence.
Peace is more than the absence of war; it is a positive state of
being predicated on the presence of a peaceful heart.
Our mission is to move this realization from the margins of our
political dialogue to its rightful, central place within our national
understanding. The humanitarian impulse to foster brotherhood and
justice is not just a utopian ideal; it is an issue critical to
Australian security and Well being.
Domestically, we will develop policies and allocate resources to
effectively reduce the levels of domestic and gang violence, child
abuse, and various other forms of societal discord. Internationally,
we will advise Parliament on the most sophisticated ideas and techniques
regarding peace-creation among nations.
The aim of The Health , Education and Peace
Party is to educate and inspire thousands throughout the
country with the knowledge, skill and enthusiasm to become powerful