separating our vague theoretical awareness from the activities now demanded. We need Human and Global Studies, based on, but transcending,
the traditional disciplines--studies that directly and holistically address
the concerns facing us. Teaching of this kind demands a willingness to
promote our well-being first, unfettered by artificial limits. It is not
difficult. We need only teach students to ask: "Are current decision-making processes contributing toward the common good? And if not, why not?
What can I personally do to ensure that my children will not merely
survive, but experience joy"?
This demands teachers who comprehend that understanding without
action is empty, who understand that with regard to the issues now
paramount for our survival, the emperor of our current institutional core
curricula has no clothes. This demands teachers willing to work toward
change in the current world order, willing to work dialogically and
practically on behalf of human and global responsibility. It demands
activists. Is anyone out there listening?
Christopher Hitchens, Prepared for the Worst, Selected Essays and Minority
Reports ( London: Chatto and Windus, 1988), p. 357.
Arthur Koestler, "A Glance Through the Keyhole," Janus, A Summing Up ( New
York: Vintage Books, 1978), p. 274.
The World Commission on Environment and Development, Our Common Future
( Oxford University Press, 1987), p. 343. [This report is often referred to as the Brundtland
Tarthang Tulku, Gesture of Balance ( Berkeley: Dharma Publishing, 1982), p. 25.
David Suzuki, "Biosphere Dwarfs Other Issues," Toronto Globe and Mail, June
10, 1989, p. D4.
Idiotic, from the Greek Idiotis, meaning a private person--someone who has no
awareness beyond his or her own presumed individuality. There are too many idiots today,
and they all need educating.
Jacques Cousteau, "Easter Island," The Cousteau Almanac ( Norfolk: The
Cousteau Society), 1981.
This means we are not reducible to any one of our heart, liver, muscle, or
circulatory systems, or, in spite of contemporary popular academic philosophical absurdity to the contrary, our brain.
J. E. Lovelock, Gaia, A New Look at Life on Earth ( Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989).
[This point is also made in the following paper by Johan Galtung: eds.]
For example, see the many good studies arising out of the Correlates of War
Project at the University of Michigan, headed by J. David Singer. This work, based on
empirical data, needs continued support as part of a systems analysis of our global
situation. Richard Chadwick at the University of Hawaii has contributed to both modeling
Military Dynamics, and Environmental and Global modeling. Don MacRae's work with