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Evelin Lindner: Dignity, Humiliation, and a Sustainable World Future

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Published on Oct 31, 2011

"The Role of Dignity and Humiliation for a Sustainable World Future" is a video clip that was recorded on October 30, 2011, in Portland, Oregon, USA, by Linda Hartling, for the World Dignity University initiative.
Linda Hartling and Evelin Lindner are the co-authors of the book "The Moment Is Now" (2012), which explains: "We live in extraordinary times. Never before in history have we, as human species, been presented with a window of opportunity as wide as now. None of our ancestors was able to see pictures of our Blue Planet from the perspective of an astronaut and see how we humans are one species living on one little planet. None of our ancestors lived in a world with such a comprehensive knowledge base, knowledge that - if we decide to use itis substantial enough to tackle all our challenges.
In a shrunk world, in contrast, we are now faced with the undeniable reality of global interdependence, a reality that is making itself felt in ways that would astonish our forefathers. Living on one planet has never been about anything else but interdependence—a planetary ecosphere is interconnected by default—however, this fact was obscured by lack of knowledge and by the dynamics of the security dilemma. Today, human interdependence must be taken seriously, it must be addressed with urgency. We now have the means to understand and to act upon the new reality that the world has grown too small for walls and too small for wars. Security is no longer to be had in the same ways as in the past. In the past, contention and enforced separation sometimes did bring a certain measure of security, at least temporarily. Powerful empires did succeed in giving their citizens a sense of security, at least as long as they had rulers who guarded and expanded the empire's borders with due ruthlessness and cunning. In contrast, security in an interconnected world can only be had by nurturing relationships of global cohesion. Cohesion that is informed by equal dignity for all, a dignity that is manifested through the principle of unity in diversity."
See more on www.humiliationstudies.org/whoweare/evelin02.php.

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