In Arabic, Hebrew, English a Process of Change,

from fear to community

17 July 2009


Someday, after mastering winds, waves, tides and gravity, we shall harness the energies of love.

And then, for the second time in the history of the world, man will discover fire.

"The task before us now, if we would not perish, is to build the Earth."

                        Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

    The text below is about Fear -- mostly a "how-to" for moving beyond fear, beyond war.
     On the ground.    

     "The default setting of humans is to take sides," says Stanford professor Fred Luskin.
     Most people are "for" their cause -- in solidarity with their people.
     Protecting their own land, ideas, and institutions.
     Distancing themselves from, and increasingly ignorant about, the perceived "other," increasingly fearful, more easily scared.

     The smaller our sphere, the greater our fear.
     Tragically, fear paralyzes our imagination and causes our brains to rationalize less-humane, war-like acts in our relationships.

     If our sphere of identification is limited, then anything outside our circle-in-the-sand is a potential enemy.
     When the enemy is perceived as too threatening, we may justify killing.
     Wars result from identification that is too limited, confined to the small collective.
     Our survival depends on expanding our identification to include the largest frame of reference, the whole of humankind, including our enemies.
     Like a new chick, we must break out of our shell or stay confined and die

     Into Arabic, Hebrew, and English has finally been translated a useful Process of Change.
    This is a personal, national, and international road map to expanding our identiification.
     It is to move from from fear that accompanies ignorance, distance, and war.
     Taken seriously, it leads to engagement, communication, and cooperation forever.


A Public Peace Process of Change

New visuals for living beyond war

Arabic ~ Hebrew ~ English

with Explanations in English

Arabic ~ Hebrew only

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     We now see how to reclaim a world that for too long has been driven by fear and limited identification -- the illusion that there is individual survival.
     We are all cells of one living body.
     One, echad, wahad, uno, odin.
     Name your language; it's always the mystical, practical truth.
     Thousands, then millions and billions of individual citizens must begin entering into this "sacred activism."
     Embodying what we want life to look like, first in small groups, then governments will follow.


"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning,

but anyone can start today and make a new ending."

                Maria Robinson

     In the 1980s, no group better modeled the ending of apartheid than the brave Blacks and Whites of Koinonia Southern Africa.
     Starting with the vision of one Afrikaner, eventually tens of thousands of youth and adult Blacks and Whites shared meals and stories.
     And changed.
     Surrendered fear. 
     In the safety of their homes, then in public at risk to their lives.
     To help change the fabric of culture and move South Africa closer together.
     Beyond fear.
     "You grow out of it," said Afrikaner Ena van der Merwe.
     Today, for the first time on the Internet, see VIDEO of her and the courageous citizen change-agents of Koinonia Southern Africa.


Koinonia Southern Africa (5 mins)

To shape our future
we must understand fear
no longer be manipulated by fear
and instead heal and prevent fear

to understand FEAR
in Arabic, Hebrew, and English

What Lies Beneath the Fear
by Simon Lawson
Common Ground News - 02 July 2009

Fears of War and Fears of Peace
in the Palestinian Israeli relationship
by Lucy Nusseibeh and Shelley Ostroff
Common Ground News - 02 July 2009

Fear of the other, fear of the friend
by Roi Ben-Yehuda
Common Ground News - 09 July 2009

Shrinking the gap:
Our fears about the Middle East and our identity group
by Barbara Landau and Dr. George Awad
Common Ground News - 09 July 2009

The right to live! The Courage to be afraid
by Jona Bargur
Common Ground News - 16 July 2009

Seeing beyond fear
by Saliba Sarsar and Hiyam Zakharia Sarsar
Common Ground News - 16 July 2009

Fear: the underrated enabler
by Paul Scham
Common Ground News - 30 July 2009

The above valuable narratives and social science on the causes, outcomes, healing, and prevention of fear will be preserved by Common Ground News at .

Palestinians and Jews: Living Beyond Fear
by Lionel Traubman
Middle East Times - 17 June 2009