Part 3 of my interview with Laura Savinkoff of Boundary Peace Initiative
6. BPI: To what extent, in your opinion, does desperate poverty or wealth inequities, the violation and disregard of others contribute to increased violence within nations and among nations? What do you feel would establish principles and behaviors that would not only resolve conflict, without violence, but also not create it in the first place? What are the principles that might create a global dynamic of positive achievements rather than one of just avoiding negative outcomes?
Arun Gandhi: There is no doubt that disparities create divisions and divisions lead to conflict. There are many disparities in ours societies today, besides economic. There is religious, social, national, communal, sectarian and many other forms of disparities that divide people between US and Them. Societies today need a complete overhaul. We have to replace the greed, selfishness, arrogance, and the many other negative attitudes that we harbor with more positive attitudes like Love, Respect, Understanding, Acceptance, Compassion and so on. It is only when we are able to see people as human beings and no identify them by the labels we have put on people that we will be able to reduce strife substantially. [Read more…]