Spiritual Awakening: The Hidden Key to Peace and Security, Just and Sustainable Economics, a Responsible European Union
This remarkable book, written by a former senior Dutch diplomat, offers a penetrating analysis of some of the major threats to humanity. Its special feature is that it goes beyond the usual pragmatic approach by putting the emphasis on a spiritual awakening. Edy Korthals Altes makes a convincing case about the need for a fundamental transformation in our deepest motivation; a reappraisal of man's place in Ultimate Reality. Here is, according to the author, the base for the so urgently required change in attitude towards man, material goods and nature. This 'spiritual approach' has not only far-reaching consequences for our personal development, but also for the society we live in. Spiritual values should not be treated as abstract notions, but have to be translated into hard reality. Hence, the inspiring chapters about just and sustainable economics; a comprehensive concept of security and a responsible European Union. This is a challenging and most timely book in a world short of hope and vision. It should be widely read by all those who care for our time.
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Foreword by Ruud Lubbers former Prime Minister of the Netherlands
Disoriented man in a selfcreated dark world
Major threats to humanity
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action approach attitude basic basis biblical Bush doctrine challenges Chapter Christian Churches Clive Ponting Cold War commitment common concept conflicts confronted contribution countries create crisis critical crucial culture Dennis Meadows destruction dialogue earth ecological ecological footprint economic ecumenical effective effort environmental essence ethical Europe European Union faith force fundamental future global God's greater growth Hans Jonas heart highly hope importance inner inspiration institutions inter-religious cooperation interests issues Jacques Delors justice lead Lisbon Strategy living major threats military millions modern society moral nations natural environment nomic nuclear arms peace and security perspective planet policies political poor poverty present problems reality reason relations relevance religions religious respect responsibility role Romano Guardini Russell-Einstein Manifesto Security Strategy sense situation social solidarity spiritual renewal Sulak Sivaraksa sustainable world thinking tion Titus Brandsma Transcendence truth values vision vital WCRP weapons