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By Arthur Clark

The ABCs of Human Survival examines the influence of militant nationalism and the lawlessness of strong states at the health and wellbeing of people and native groups and the fundamental function of world citizenship inside that dynamic. in response to the research of global occasions, Dr. Arthur Clark offers militant nationalism as a pathological development of considering that threatens our safeguard, whereas emphasizing powerful democracy and overseas legislations as necessary frameworks for human defense. in the contexts of background, sociology, philosophy, and spirituality, The ABCs of Human Survival calls into query the assumptions of shopper tradition and gives, as a substitute, options to enhance total health and wellbeing throughout the very important offerings we make as participants.

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This book has a bias, essentially identical to the bias of medicine: human well-being and the conditions of global community necessary to foster that well-being take priority over support for any particular government in its contests for power. I am a human being before I am a citizen of this or that state, and I have a responsibility to other human beings that is more basic than my responsibility to any government. The pathology that threatens human well-being can be identified in the violations of international law by governments, particularly by militarily powerful governments and their allies.

Both Gandhi and Hitler were responding to militant nationalist [41] The abcs of Human Survival conditions that preceded them. Gandhi was rejecting British nationalist domination of India (British imperialism). Hitler was rejecting the humiliation of Germany and Germans that followed World War I, of which Versailles 1919 was the cornerstone and emblem. From 1919 to 1933, the humiliation included a series of economic shocks in Germany and ethnic upheavals in Europe. Gandhi’s nationalism carried the therapeutic ingredients that could solve the problem of militant nationalism.

Christianity and other major spiritual traditions have been subverted to serve state power. This is evident in the speed and comfort with which the church in Germany accommodated the policies of the Nazi regime and in the support for militant nationalism that comes from evangelical Christianity in the United States today. At the apex of all this very human pathology is warfare, and the warfare system that sustains it. Warfare is a disease in the same sense that cancer or HIV/AIDS is a disease: it destroys human life and health.

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