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Evelin Lindner: The Role of Dignity and Humiliation for Peace, Reconciliation, and Forgiveness

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Published on Oct 31, 2011

"The Role of Dignity and Humiliation for Peace, Harmony, Reconciliation, and Forgiveness" is a video clip that was recorded on October 30, 2011, in Portland, Oregon, USA, by Linda Hartling, for the World Dignity University initiative.
See, among others, the article titled "Why There Can Be No Conflict Resolution as Long as People Are Being Humiliated," in the International Review of Education, Special Issue on Education for Reconciliation and Conflict Resolution edited by Birgit Brock-Utne, Volume 55 (2-3, May): 157-184, 2009, published in OnlineFirst on 27th December 2008, with DOI 10.1007/s11159-008-9125-9, and ISSN 0020-8566 (Print) and 1573-0638 (Online). Published by Springer (Dordrecht), with the original publication available at www.springerlink.com.
A quote from Lindner's writing on harmony. "At present, we, the human family on planet Earth, take part in a large-scale historical Zeitgeist shift. It is the transition from unequal to equal worthiness, away from social arrangements where "higher" beings preside over "lesser" beings, toward ranking everybody as equally worthy. The first sentence of Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) states, "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights." This represents also a transition from one definition of harmony to a new definition. Traditionally harmony is being defined as quiet submission of underlings in rigid authoritarian dominator systems (Riane Eisler's coinage). The new definition acknowledges life as being a process, reality as being in flow, and it manifests itself through a never-ending dialogue between equals who nurture relationships of mutual respect and partnership.
A harmony revolution is profoundly different to former revolutions. In past times, revolutionaries simply replaced their former masters as new dominators, maintaining the same authoritarian style as their former masters, dominating underlings and militating against the "enemy camp." A harmony revolution means more. It means co-creating new forms of living together, as a united human family, in never-ending dialogues between equals who nurture relationships of mutual respect and partnership."
See more on www.humiliationstudies.org/whoweare/evelin02.php.

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