This book takes on perhaps the biggest challenge to modern civilization: a global nuclear catastrophe lying in wait. According to expert opinions, the world has reached a nuclear tipping point and that the next world war would be fought with nuclear weapons. All what is required for this global nuclear war to begin is a trigger. Historians have told how a violent conflict between Austria-Hungary and the Kingdom of Serbia in 1914 and the German invasion of Poland in 1939 triggered WWI and WWII, respectively. A close review of the existing conflicts in the world shows that there are a few among them that could similarly trigger the next world war at an opportune time. Unfortunately, the present global system of checks and balances seems to be incapable of meeting this and other new challenges to world peace.
Against this background, A New Beginning for Humankind first evaluates the risk levels associated with ongoing major conflicts in the world and their individual contribution to the present global tension. Then, it describes a new, creative five-fold strategy to prevent the outbreak of the global nuclear disaster lying in wait. This strategy aims at reducing global tension and further strengthening the existing checks and balances. Later, the book explains that the mere prevention of wars at the worst of times will only help further consolidate the present dismal human destiny of living under intermittent clouds of global wars and will not lead to lasting peace on the planet. Therefore, the book also lays out a novel, revolutionary approach to lasting peace on the planet with a New Beginning for Humankind.
The book ends with a detailed description of a proven, steadfast process for the implementation of this new approach. Every able human, young or old, can play an important role in this process either in an individual capacity or as a member of a group: family, classmates, schoolmates, workmates, society, nation, or the global community. This process is carefully designed to transform the present world of tension, fear, and uncertainty to one of relief, resilience, and lasting peace.
“This book, latest from Dr Herath, is aimed at the ordinary public to establish lasting peace on earth in an extraordinary way. I am sure that professionals, peace activists and scholars will benefit from his perspective on ending armed conflicts.”—Rev Dr Henry Victor, Anglican Minister, adjunct professor of religious studies at the, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
“This book offers a unique opportunity to look at all the major violent conflicts of our time in just one reading and to see for oneself the global nuclear disaster in the making. It also exposes the inherent limitations of the conventional peacemaking processes. It ends with some practical, down-to-earth suggestions for the future. This book is a must read for students of political science and all those interested in a safer and secure world.”—Mohammed Alam, a community worker, trade union activist, and advocate of human rights Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
“This is a wonderful, eye-opening book that takes on perhaps the biggest challenge to modern civilization. It is well-written, informative and convincing. I am sure it will appeal to anyone and everyone who has an interest in the future of humans on the green planet.”—Dr. Mohan Thiagarajah, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
“Dr. Herath’s work deposited a good dose of sobriety in all its readers about the oddity of humanity’s love for life – while it sees its attainment in the destruction of some parts of itself… It is the oddity of auto-immune disease: a pathological scenario of anti-bodies destroying some cells in the body in the face of their duty to preserve them. It is called pemphigoid in medical language – an ugly term that fittingly conveys the whole oddity! It is an unfortunate crossroad about humanity. Only a commitment to peace at the level of ordinary daily living can resolve the anomaly. In its message that we can all embrace that commitment, the book is a must-read for the appropriate equipping. Otherwise, a world so deep in regional and global volatility can only end up with the fate of the dinosaurs, or a sorely denatured system.” – Dr. Chris Eigbike, PhD, Adjunct Faculty, Western Institute for Social Research, Berkeley, CA. Read in full here.
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