A spirit of what is real,
A public space for what is inside.
Learning, social and spiritual projects,
Challenges for the reformulation of self.
Centers to extend our vision,
Heal ancient fractures,
Find our counterparts,
And discover our common destiny.
Summary of the projects
of Humanity Centers
The practical work of Humanity Centers is to create model institutions
that demonstrate what is most real and has most life. It is a way of
satisfying our thirst to live in the society we envision.
We may produce a local monthly or bimonthly newspaper,
as a vehicle for our programs and a public expression of our point of
view. (We have been publishing a free newspaper in Alaska, Alaska Humanity
News, for over a year.)
We will create various forums
for understanding, in public and private spaces, based
on our experience in running an alternative school for adults. This
is an interactive and provocative process of raising questions about
fundamental choices about humanity and society
Elemental Society is an attempt to bring depth
to existing social institutions, and we could begin with projects to
address the three pillars of society, culture, economics and government.
In culture, we could develop an event or program called Beautiful
Books, which is a way to stand up for what is good and
healing in culture. In economics, we could promote a Conscious
Business Alliance, which promotes humane ways of buying
and selling. In government, we could even create a Humanity Political
Party, designed to ask fundamental questions about contemporary issues,
not fleeting political ones.
Help centers – Connecting
diverse people and cultures.
We can overcome barriers that seem impenetrable. We can bind together
people of different backgrounds, education, language, race, ethnicity,
culture, religion, and nations.
The Moral Commons
is reclaiming our public spaces (and cultural life) through spiritual
True Relations is a process of forming relationships
that naturally transform society.
Humanity Movement is a way of finding connections
between the multitude of groups, organizations, political parties, and
religions that are often set at odds with each other even though they
are striving for a better world. And we will create special spaces for
life affirming movements.
We may want to create a small restaurant
or cafe, in order to make the center a comfortable and
accessible place, and also to bring our ideas about relationships to
are 'Humanity Centers'?
Just as in our private life we want to strive for integrity, to know
who we are and be true to this, we also need a container for our life
in society that would sustain us. We are lacking a natural home for
our actual self: a center that sees and responds to our inner life,
our deep needs, our profound senses, our whole being. This center is
just as vital as our own personal center.
We need a home for that part of ourselves that is adrift. It would seek
out people who lacked and knew they lacked just this beautiful center,
and it would have a spirit strong enough to take in someone who was
suffering because what is beautiful in them was wounded, and to nurture
this and provide opportunities to express it in the world.
What kind of center would radiate a spirit of life so strong that anyone
who walked in would recognize it? This is our goal. It is to ask fundamental
questions on humanity and society, to find inspiration in the dimensions
of reality (truth, beauty, love, the good, and the sacred). It is a
place where we can develop our profound senses, and our capacity to
live and build into reality the highest version of what we comprehend.
It is to make challenges about what is necessary to become a person
who could help bring depth to social institutions, and live into being
a society based on care and understanding.
These centers would be a shelter for insights about what is beautiful,
protecting and strengthening what we become aware of in special moments.
They would explore the ways we are woven together, breathing the same
molecules, sharing the same needs and realities. They would establish
relationships based on infinity: a striving to recognize what is most
beautiful and most lasting in each other. And they would be places where
the un-dogmatic, non-ideological pursuit of what is highest and best
in human beings is nourished.
If nothing else the purity of our intention in asking these questions,
making these challenges, and sheltering these insights would be sufficient
to create the spirit which is the truth at the center of these centers.
What is the difference between mediocrity and vitality, between superficiality
and depth? In my view it is access to the ‘dimensions of reality’
– beauty, truth, good, love, and the sacred. This is what is rare
in existing society, and what we want to bring to life in tangible ways
in our centers.
Such a center, in ourselves and in society, is possible. It IS possible
to nurture, cultivate, support, cradle, sustain and embrace the good
and beautiful center of people who are suffering because they perceive
what is missing. It IS possible to develop, expand, demonstrate, offer
alternatives and opportunities, show trust in, and grasp hands and reach
upwards with those who perceive the subtle, inner reality that gives
The reason these people suffer is that they lack and sense that they
lack means to express what is of most importance. It is the people with
beautiful hearts, who are suffering, that would form the natural core
of our centers. We should activity seek them out, and offer them this
home as a place that welcomes them.
Ultimately the ‘center’ could, should and would (and does)
exist in nearly every place. But for the time being we can build them
ourselves, and if we built several of them they could create a synergy
that would circulate our life-blood like a heart. Of course this is
a big project, because it involves a near total re-conceiving of life
and society. But it is also simple, because it is founded on a natural,
original sense of what it means to be a human being.
possible projects (especially in poor countries)
Similar to Global Exchange ‘reality tours,’ but
for independent travelers. It would provide resources to experience
the political, economic and cultural life of the country from a human
(rather than a political) point of view.
Resource and help center
Tools to connect travelers and residents with opportunities
for learning, experiencing and helping. A place where those seeking
help and those with resources and the desire to help can find each other.
Practical projects that respond to tangible needs
Such as for health, education, shelter, food, etc.
Network of centers
A network of Humanity Centers could support and strengthen each local
group. There would be educational exchanges, perhaps classes taking
place simultaneously in distant parts of the world, and many other shared
projects. For instance, the centers could coordinate sister-community
relationships, and facilitate true fair trade. Members would have the
opportunity to travel between communities.
A Huzanity Hostel would be a hostel of another color. It would
combine study about local issues (and their global implications), useful
work in the village together with community members, and shared meals
with fellow travelers. In a setting like a small, intentional community,
it could be a place where we learn and become more than we know and
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