The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) hosted a seminar on Education for the 21st Century: Challenges, Moral Dangers, and Innovation from 10 am until noon, at the Bay Area Family Church, and later that evening The Alameda County Committee of Restoration (ACCOR) held a graduation ceremony for graduates of its 10-week course on the US Bill of Rights, in the home of Michael and Monika Kellett. Dr. Kaufmann offered the Keynote address in the morning seminar and graduation congratulatory remarks and speech content in the evening ceremony.
This particular gathering focuses on media, perhaps as in part responsible for our current shameful ugliness, as well as on ways media might contribute toward needed healing. My first premise is that our world is full of noble, courageous, journalists ready to give their lives to honor truth-telling for the sake of a better world. Although I admire honorable journalists and am grateful for the indispensable service they offer, I myself try to avoid them and have as little to do with them as possible.
I described three areas of international war or conflict: Russia-Ukraine. Hamas-Israel. and Tensions over Taiwan and the South China Sea.I explained that each of the three are different. Russian-Ukraine is “internecine,” an “in-family” fight. All are Orthodox and Slavs. Hamas-Israel is civilizational between two world communities with religious ties: Western “Judeo-Christian” civilization, and Islamic civilization. The Pacific conflict has two cultures and two roots. Asian culture versus Western Culture, and Religious culture versus Marxist culture.I suggested that this level and intensity of war and conflict is greater than any of us have lived through in our lifetime.
On October 14, 2023, forty regional political and activist leaders gathered at the Hilton Garden Inn Dulles North, Ashburn, Virginia for The Settlement Project Conference, "Cultural Transformation and the Race to 2024," cosponsored with FreedomWorks, Heritage Action and Affirm America.
There are now two active, world-level wars cursing our planet, the Russia-Ukraine War, and the Israel-Hamas War. These are happening during a period in which the perennial symbol for the harmonization of international differences, the United States of America has sunk into unimaginable internal strife in which the US government is holding political prisoners, and efforts are being made to imprison opposition party political candidates. Imprisoning political opposition is the characteristic of primitive, unstable dictatorships.
Human beings have two parts to our makeup, our spiritual side and our physical side. There are a great many inclined to deny human spirituality because it is not easily measured by the tools by which material reality is measured and tested.
A workingman’s guide to assessing what’s going on around us.The nature of reality is hierarchical and manifests strength, power, and size as elements by which a functioning and harmonious cosmosphere.
The problem with addictions is that they eventually erase the adequate functioning of conscience in the host bodies they inhabit and ultimately control.
A clear marker in this descent to becoming subhuman is the juncture at which the sanctity of human life is rejected in favor of satiating the blinding demands of an addiction.
Commentary by Dr. Frank Kaufamann presented at the IAPD International Seminar, "Africa at the Crossroads"