This sculpture symbolises disarm and therefore world peace. It is placed at the entry square of the headquarters of the United Nations in New York which, as we all know, is the international Organisation that aims at diplomatically solving conflicts among Nations.
The world Peace is the most used and overworked because it recalls humanity’s dream and highest inspiration; however, the history of wars written by winners makes it glaringly obvious that life is made of fights and competitions that often degenerate in armed conflicts becoming destructive for the human aspirations of peace.
We are trying to outline a possible world in which all Countries and communities recognize both the uselessness of wars and the collective responsibility of each Nation to ensure its citizens with a respectable and solidary future.
In our research on distributive peace and justice we have discovered that almost two thirds of the world population are hungry, lives in severe discomfort conditions and has never been to a doctor.
The poverty of the Planet is a result of centuries of underdevelopment and exploitation to gain access to resources. The right to equality is set aside in the inequality of privileged minorities affecting the majority of people who are reduced to extreme poverty.
We therefore need to stop this economic model which is ending the resources of our planet, polluting it with toxic emissions, forgetting that the Earth is not dead, but alive.
There are over 600 million hectares of cultivable land and we only cultivate 170 million hectares. Even deserts could be irrigated to produce food. But we often forget that the Earth is not a private property belonging to 1% of the rich; it is a Land that God has given all of us and we should use it to live in an economy of equality, because as a Native American poem states: “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow It from our children. It is our duty to give it back to them”.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), air is polluted in 90% of the Planet and it would be necessary that people start making their voices heard by governments.
It would be enough to reduce military expenses by 20% to feed the Planet, compensating the moral delay and ethical infantilism responsible for racism, poverty and wars, because the survival of billions of people if related to the reduction of the arsenals of weapons of mass destruction.
We define moral insanity the lack of prevention, of diplomatic interventions aimed at the resolution of conflicts, of interventions by international organisations and the control on the production and trade of weapons and technologies of mass destruction. Each armed intervention is in fact needed to enrich warlords and the strong world lobbies of weapons that fool us by defining “smart weapons” those sophisticated death tools that, as always, kill more unarmed civilians than soldiers.
Our Foundation will never get tired of repeating, with no ifs and buts, its request for the elimination of weapons in the world, with the dismantling of arsenals and the elimination of the lobbies of weapons. As Emergency reminds us “war is not humanitarian, it is the destruction of pieces of humanity, it is neither inevitable nor necessary”.
The project “Science for Peace” aims at fighting the most inhumane calamities: poverty and the fear of war, and aims and re-finding that moral and humanitarian strength, that minimum common denominator that really belongs to different cultures and ethnicities and that can be considered to be a collective world heritage, a real transfusion of Moral Self to come to love peace.
We therefore need to be committed to moral progress at scientific level (Science for Peace) because humanity is forced to live in a single home, the Planet, that is a multi-ethnic and multicultural condominium that is always fighting for power (Dark Triad).
If it is true that each child is born with three fundamental rights – the right to life, the right to the expression of one’s personality and the right to freedom – we All need to work to protect these rights and to follow and safeguard universal human freedoms. These are at least 6:
- Freedom from violence
- Freedom from need
- Freedom from exploitation
- Freedom from diseases
- Freedom from hunger
- Freedom from fear, against the globalization of fear itself used for opportunistic reasons.
No real peace has ever been reached after a war, if by peace we do not mean submission but reaching out to one another, finding conciliatory and compromise solutions, especially if there have been long conflicts. In fact, no conflict is really incurable if, with good will, each of the competitors is winning to give something up, setting aside preconceived ideologies in order to build something that can be passed on to future generations.
As Sophocles wrote, we can’t really know the human nature and character of a person if first we don’t see how he manages power; each child that is born on Planet Earth finds him/herself being successor of a culture that will often not make him/her happy, of a history that does not honour the fact of being a human person, victim of grave economic, ecological, political, social and moral crisis that will force him/her to survive and not to live happily.
Peace is therefore obtained by respecting the opinions of others according to what Voltaire wrote: “I don’t agree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it”.
Human rights are the tool belonging to every human being on the Planet, regardless of one’s culture, belief, skin colour, to protect oneself from injustice, abuse, oppression and violence. Pillar of democratic societies, human rights are a heritage of values and principles conquered throughout the centuries. Many people gave their lives for their affirmation and for the respect of such people they need to be a constant reason to fight and be committed.
Human rights find strength in the universal message that recognizes all human beings. But they are made fragile because they are ignored in many states of the world because of ideological, religious, political and economic reasons, and they do not allow everyone to take advantage of them in the same way. Many States only formally recognize the recommendations made by international organisms. They often transform these recommendations in different principles and values, negating fundamental rights among which that to life. The weakening of social tissue, economic crisis, cultural resistance, coming into contact with a bigger and bigger migration, a world that creates more and more borders. All of these facts risk the blocking of the hard path of human rights even in the most developed countries of the “First World”.
Man’s fundamental human rights come from the blood of the French Revolution. They sum up the past, present and future ambitions of millions of people in three words: libertè, egualitè e fraternitè.
These three words should be the founding principles of each democracy, but are often misinterpreted, ignoring the fact that liberté and egalité are human rights, while fraternité, which should be called solidarity, is a moral duty of politics and must ensure freedom and justice. Therefore, everyone is born free and equal; what makes men unequal is the Dark Triad of psychopathology of the lust for power (the three personality disorders of power: narcissism, paranoia and psychopathy) and the overbearing of the market that sets aside any idea of brotherhood. It is therefore necessary to build a political and social contest in which freedom and equality can dialogue and walk together with brotherhood which we can also call solidarity.
The “Science for Peace” project aims at developing the sense of brotherhood among people. This is not a dream but a necessity because we all belong to this small planet and the most sacred values to live together should be respect for life and truth and sense of responsibility for humanity entirely, combining the ethics of international policies with the overcoming of ethical, cultural and social barriers.
It needs to be clear that when we lose the hierarchy of moral values we also lose democracy.
The universality of human rights and moral values forces everyone to save the humanity (social Real Self) that is found within all human beings, overcoming the foreignness towards the Other. Societies, like men, are vulnerable, they fall ill, they are victims of economic failure, of emotional and moral wounds.
This vulnerability is made silent by the lust for power, that everyone goes after in his/her social role, and by the illusion of omnipotence that does not consider that we all need to be solidary. And solidarity means kindness, respect, comprehension, active capacity of discovering the needs of people to help them.
The hope of “Power Personality Disorder – Science for Peace” is that millions of willing people, realizing that “in the middle of the road of their life they found themselves in a dark forest, because they’d lost the straight path” (Dante Alighieri, La Divina Commedia), find a guiding star that helps them find peace and the straight path that is called dialogue, dignity, peace and Moral Self.
Non-negotiable human rights are scarified to the globalization of the rules of markets that do not allow the full development of human people, reducing them to goods and allowing environmental crimes that rape the Planet threatening the climate, biodiversity and the future of humanity entirely.
The mission of the Foundation “Power Personality Disorder – Science for Peace” is to improve the future of humanity based on these universal principles:
- Right to existence and survival
One of the tasks that should be given not only to democratic institutions, but also to humanitarian organisations and associations is one of the duties that was given to our Foundation “Power Personality Disorder – Science for Peace”. That is to oversee with common and constant commitment and denounce every violation and work so that human rights are not just nice words used to capture the benevolence of people but are translated in real actions and, most importantly, in laws that can really protect the single individuals and communities.
We were inspired by two quotations: one by Olaf Palme (Swedish social-democratic politician, assassinated in 1986) who said: “The rights of democracy are not reserved for a select group within society, they are the rights of all the people”; and the other by Martin Luther King who said: “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness… and this is the most difficult decision to make”.
With our scientific research in our Foundation “Power Personality Disorder – Science for Piece” we have already made this decision.