Welcome back to A New Map for Relationships’ blog. We’ve been quiet for a long time, but here we are … still trying to “create true love at home and peace on the planet” as the subtitle of our book* says. Yesterday, we were talking with some...
Preventable War. How you can work most effectively in this critically needed effort.
Our last post described how just 600 motivated voters helped get the New START arms control treaty passed in 2010, and asked you to work in a similar way to help prevent a second Korean War. There has been good news in the two weeks since that post. We are writing now to relay that news and provide more details on how you can work most effectively in this critically needed effort.
Get the Washington, DC phone numbers for your representative and senators.
We are writing to ask you to help prevent a second Korean War by supporting a critically needed bill that will prevent President Trump from attacking North Korea without Congressional approval. Your ability to have that big an impact may sound farfetched, so we’ll start with some background showing how just 600 Georgia voters helped get the New START arms control treaty passed in 2010. This is described in endnote 149 of our book (click for free PDF):
Ask more questions. Learn more by reading the Afghanistan section of our book (click for free PDF and go to page 219).
In Monday’s speech about Afghanistan Pres. Trump assured his audience, “In the end, we will win.” Since he did not define what victory might look like or how we might achieve it, I’ll offer a suggestion on how to start: Ask more questions.
Six former, high government officials write for top priority diplomacy.
In business, a company gets into trouble when it starts believing its own BS. The same is true for a nation, except there “bankruptcy” can mean war, possibly nuclear. To prevent needless wars and ultimately to save the planet, we as a nation need to stop believing our own BS. The seven international case studies in our book provide many examples (click for free PDF and see pages 169-223), and recent articles in TIME and the New York Times highlight the problem, unfortunately by example, not by correcting the problem.
North Korea’s Offer to Halt Nuclear Tests Temporarily
Conditions being US and South Korea cease joint military near peninsula.
Winston Churchill once called Russia “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma,” a description that today seems applicable to North Korea. We used to believe Churchill meant that there was no rhyme or reason to Russia’s actions, but two years ago Marty came across the full quote: “[Russia] is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.”
Nuclear Diplomacy: It’s high time that we started basing our foreign policy on reality, rather than wishful thinking.
The media tells us that nuclear diplomacy with North Korea is a waste of time, as do most high officials from every recent US administration. But easily verifiable facts show otherwise. The most important data point: North Korea did not do its first nuclear test until four years after Pres. Bush tore up our nuclear agreement with the North, known as the 1994 Agreed Framework.
(pages 201-210) Eye-opening revelations that more Americans need to understand
Earlier today, a letter on which I am a cosigner was sent to President-elect Trump encouraging him to abide by the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by President Obama. An article by New York Times reporter William Broad, noted: Dozens of the nation’s top scientists wrote to President-elect Donald J. Trump on Monday to urge him not to dismantle the Iran deal, calling it a strong bulwark against any Iranian bid to make nuclear arms. …
Forgiveness is one of the blessings of life. It can lift the fog of suffering and pain with a sudden shift of understanding or slowly uncover a need to let go.
Forgiveness: In our book, A New Map for Relationships, in the section “Developing Compassion,” I said that, “Once I have compassion for someone who I think has hurt me, forgiveness is automatic. In fact, compassion goes beyond forgiveness. It’s a higher level of making peace with that person, at least within myself. Making my own, internal peace with him frees me from holding a grudge and being a prisoner of my painful memories.” Let’s look a little more deeply into why that is.
Nuclear Test. Earlier today, North Korea conducted its fifth and most successful nuclear test, with an estimated yield close to that of the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.
This dangerous and deplorable situation was predictable—and probably preventable—as noted on page 197 of, A New Map for Relationships: Creating True Love at Home & Peace on the Planet. Download it now for free.
Build community for important benefits
Why build community? Our book, A New Map for Relationships: Creating True Love at Home & Peace on the Planet, encourages readers to become part of a community of like-minded people. Here, we share why we found it important to be part of such a community, especially during the early years of our journey.
Unconditional love might seem to be an unachievable goal, something out of the realm of possibility.
However we can come close if we believe in the possibility and work like crazy to make it happen. You need to quiet yourself and attend to the opportunity before you. If you sit with someone and really open your heart to them you will discover things about yourself that might surprise you.
ACM Turing Award: It has just been announced at 10 AM this morning that my colleague Whitfield Diffie and I will be receiving this year’s ACM Turing Award and the $1,000,000 that comes with it – one reason it’s sometimes called “the Nobel Prize of computing.”
Hellman Authors, Dorothie and Marty
When we began work on A New Map our goals and expectations were large. First, provide a path for people, who like us, were eager to resolve relationship issues. Second, use tools taken from relationships that work, to effect change on a global scale. In the book we use anecdotes, stories, snip bits, and significant historical moments to illustrate ways in which all of us can become better companions and citizens.