respect for life!
In the great
ancient religious and ethical traditions of humankind, we find
the directive: You shall not kill! Or in positive terms: Have
respect for life!
Let us reflect
anew on the consequences of this ancient directive:
people have a right to life, safety and the free development of
personality in so far as they do not injure the rights of others.
one has the right physically or psychically to torture, injure,
much less kill, any other human being.
no people, no state, no race, no religion has the right to hate,
to discriminate against, to cleanse, to exile, much
less to liquidate a foreign minority which is different.
Let no one
There is no survival for humanity without global peace!
Young people must learn at home and in school that violence may
not be a means of settling differences with others.
Only thus can a culture of non-violence be created.
the Declaration Toward a Global Ethic
of the Parliament of the Worlds Religions, Chicago 1993.
in attacks on hospital staff. Shocking figures show that there
has been a 217 % average increase.
huge rise in classroom violence. Attacks on teachers rose by more
than 50 per cent last year.
soon for half of wildlife. Global warming will destroy almost
a third of plant and animal habitats by the end of this century.
at home is worst peril for women. Up to 5.7 million incidents
of domestic violence occur every year.
children who dice with death. Vandalism and trespass are biggest
threat to rail safety.
of e-stalking. Internet intimidation is coming to a home near
rising at football grounds. Affray, missile throwing and violent
disorder were all up.
life at 12. A 12-year-old boy has been given life for beating
a girl of 6 to death.
Africas Wars. War is spreading from Sierra Leone to Ghana.
Traders, profiting in arms, diamonds and oil, help to keep West
African wars going.
Tide of cruelty
sweeps through our care homes. They should be safe havens, but
one in ten hide stories of violence.