Saturday, June 16, 2007

Global cooperation is needed for ending the world's suffering

This title is taken from an opinion piece by Scott Beale in The News Journal (Delaware, USA). The last paragraph of his article goes like this:

"It is important to recognize the contributions that the U.S. has made to address global challenges like human trafficking; but it is also time to reflect on what more can be done to promote international cooperation. Personally, I refuse to be a passive participant in the global politics abdicating the power we all have to make a difference. I am embracing my role as a global citizen and the shared responsibility we have to address the suffering that persists in the world."

Scott makes judicious remarks about the complexity of problems and solutions, based on his experience in India, Bosnia, and Columbia. He created recently an organisation called Atlas Corps. He says: "Former U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford, one of the founders of the Peace Corps, has joined our Senior Advisory Board and in a few months we will launch a new approach towards international cooperation." All this is very good.

Yes, indeed, global cooperation is needed for managing successfully the world's suffering, but then I submit respectfully that an overarching frame of work is needed, and by definition, or by the argument of requisite globality if you prefer, this framework can only be algonomy.


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