NDERF Home Page Current NDEs Share Your NDE

NDE & Non-Violence

by Paul Hubers

Full Report

2010.1'3 Report on Apartheid-Nonviolence 101*

_ 'Near Death Experience' Gandhian Insights

_ Nonviolence in Haiti and Chile (in terms of Cuba)

_ World Health Care as Human Needs-Oriented Means to Happiness

_ Ten Online Nonviolence Sources on Oil Energy (Middle-East) Issues

'Near Death Experience' Gandhian Insights

_ 'Near Death Experience' Gandhian Insights; Near death experiences strengthened Mohandas Gandhi's view of nonviolence, much like Martin Luther King, Jr.'s mountain-top 'I have a dream' experiences.  Over time, such near death experience energizes nonviolent power, force, conflict, and coercion or compulsion.  Relative U.S. traditions of nonviolence likewise included Alice Paul (PhD, LLD), who wrote the U.S. ERA Amendment, and led suffrage demonstrations against 1913-1921 Wars (WWI), often jailed, beaten severely; A prison door necklace pendant symbolizing her work.  In due course, Florence Kelley organized arguments for the U.S. Congress for health care, consumer rights, abolishing child labor, and a 40-hour work week, as likely the first U.S. factory health inspector.  Put in Gandhi's own words, 'Where death without resistance or [nonviolent] death after resistance is the only way, neither party should think of resorting to law courts or help from government....  [Needs] demands of equity supersede the letter of law.'  Nonviolence, as a word, thus evolved through Mohandas Gandhi's first employment as an attorney in Durban, RSA, with a Muslim employer and benefactor within a Hindu-Muslim population, at times supported by Dutch-Anglo Quakers and Methodists, along with the African Fort Hare University and Jainist notions of ahimsa (nonviolence), while focused through the Phoenix and Tolstoy Farms-Ashrams, and devoted physically to his family and  team sports like soccer, all coordinated in South Africa through his Jewish secretary, Sonia Schlesin.

From the 1890s Mohandas Gandi's near death experiences ranged deeply, from crowds or police threatening violence or to lynch or beat him to death, toward subsequent liberation campaign struggle ' 'uniting people riven asunder.'  In January 1908, when experimenting with a vegan diet and hunger strike options, a condition like dysentery again almost killed him. His 1908 near death crisis may have resulted from accidentally ingesting cow (not goat) yogurt; after a vegan diet for nearly a decade, missing dairy enzymes able to metabolize animal protein in his gut.  Friends like Sarojini Naidu and Vallabhbhai Patel oriented vegan-oriented insights and near death experiences ' with his consequent decision to maintain minimal dietary animal protein levels, i.e., relevant enzymes to process meat or dairy products consumed unawares.  Intuitive dialogue over diet, fasting to near death, and the slow prison death of his partner, Kasturbai, (caring for her during 1940s war), patterned ongoing nonviolence conceptualization toward changing will power, and so on.  Thus nonviolent power, force, conflict and coercion or compulsion may recycle, revise, and transcend worldviews ' wherein time, past, current, and future, obtains heuristically and hermeneutically ' while universally-violent methodologies lead to illusory, irreducibly-violent future realities.

The Longs' 2010-released a study of near death experience articulates analogous peace-oriented dialogue, such that death transcends time and language ' 'I'''we' living by the power of 'tough' love empowering life itself.  Near death experiencers know uniformly-common events lucidly, under clinical unconsciousness, regardless of culture ' Out-of-body experiences, uncannily-verified; blind sight during anesthesia, even among legally blind; life review playback, impossibly accurate; friend & family 'mass' cognition; child-like-adult 'memory' consciousness; and peaceable-life after-effects; all sharing worldwide intercultural consistency.  These increasingly more commonly-experienced after-effect 'glows' displace religious cave-oriented heaven and hell mythology, by coalescing 'heavenly' human peace 'on earth' needs.

 

_ Nonviolence in Haiti and Chile (in terms of Cuba);

Post-Earthquake assistance in Haiti and Chile follows both militarily- and nongovernmentally-oriented nonviolence methodologies.  As to nonviolence, by 2001, groups like Pax Christi and Peace Brigades International supported Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haiti's exiled president; Highlighting illiteracy rates of 85% and attempting to decrease Haiti's military spending and systemic judicial corruption.  In 2004 the Cara'b'en Center for Global NonViolence and Sustainability began to publish cultural notions of nonviolence in Haitian Creole.  Medically, Haitian nonviolence may have started from African nonviolence models, by way of the Hospital Albert Schweitzer, Deschapelles, Haiti (1956), from Schweitzer's Lambarene Hospital (Gabon, Africa 1913).  Schweitzer believed that real force derives from a mutual spirit of love, and of freedom from hate.  Likeminded Chilean and Argentinian nonviolence has evolved from often-Catholic groups like Servicio Paz y Justicia, through writers like Nobel Prize Winner, Adolfo P'rez Esquivel.  Being demographically the closest and largest neighbor of Haiti, Eastern Cuba has shared cultural-musical roots through, especially, Port-au-Prince and Santiago de Cuba, for centuries.  Speculation in nonviolence literature exists as to how planetwide 'Women in Black' nonviolence phenomena began with women organizing against Franco (Spain) and Batista (Cuba), historically.

Following Hedi Annabi, UN-Tunisia), the UN's Edmond Mulet (Guatemala) and Kim Bolduc (Canada) continues to internationally coordinate Haiti earthquake relief ' Cuban physicians co-developed skeletal Haitian medical services response systems, and so, also, field hospital-level rebuilding.  Systematic Cuban efforts matured by way of a Latin American School of Medicine in Havana and Santiago de Cuba, (Escuela Latinoamericana de Ciencias M'dicas de La Habana y la de Santiago de Cuba/ELM); ELM Medical Journal: Panorama.  Since the early 1970s, in this context, Cuban medical volunteers have helped countries in-need, often coordinated with local nonviolence groups; globally, akin to the U.S. Peace Corps.  Mirta Roses Periago, (Argentinian), MD, heading PAHO (Pan American Health Organization), evinces some of the clearest descriptions of such Cuban medical nonviolence in Haiti. She notes that Cuban physicians helped to equip Haiti's medical first-line-of-defense response ' Over 500 medical care personnel and a thousand support staff, via a dozen or so basic field hospitals or diagnostics centers. Since December 1998, over 6,000 Cuban medical volunteers have co-energized a Haitian Comprehensive Health Program, treating 14 million Haitian people, with 50,000 eye operations, 100,000 deliveries and 225,000 surgeries; having already saved 230,000 lives ' as the 2010 earthquakes began.