The context in which Energia per i Diritti Umani was born
“…Every human being, just for the fact of being born, has the right to health, food, education, housing and to a decent existence. Every human being has the right to happiness and fullness of life”.
Poverty, hunger, diseases, wars, terrorism, exploitation, clash of civilizations, discrimination, environmental upheaval but also solitude, desperation, and insecurity – all of this is intimately linked to the current inhuman and violent lifestyle. A system based on aggressiveness and competition, on the frenetic accumulation of material goods, on the practice of violence, legitimated by the purpose of obtaining particular benefits. This lifestyle can only lead to the aforementioned consequences. Therefore, it would be naïve to claim an evolution towards a better world through peculiar reforms that do not radically transform the current system of moral values and the social, political, and economic organization of the world. It is not reasonable to keep on believing that human development will stem from the current financial, economic, and governmental system, which is the very cause of this situation and is not willing to change.
This system cannot be improved, nor can it be perfected.
It simply needs to be rebuilt from scratch. People need to take responsibility for this change, by organizing and engaging themselves, starting from their everyday life and making steps to do everything in their power. This is the only way out.
Only people can solve people’s problems.
There are many individuals and organizations engaging in good faith in several philanthropic activities. However, no transformation can be truly significant unless we jointly work on a global project, aiming at the creation of a new human civilization. The very activities carried out by Energia per i Diritti Umani would risk failing if they were not part of a bigger non-violent global project: the Humanist Movement. This is a project operating in the cultural, social, and political field, active in 110 countries and involving millions of volunteers. It aspires to create the Universal Human Nation, where each individual is guaranteed the right to health, education, equal opportunities, happiness and fullness of life just for the fact of being born.
The Universalist Movement aims to create a Universal Human Nation as the ultimate goal of the social human process. Working towards this purpose calls for the right methodology, which is non-violence. Non-violence is a specific set of moral values based on the rejection of violence and a strategy to denounce and oppose any form of violence implemented by our system. The Universalist Movement recognizes as its inspiring principles the actions of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin L. King and Kwame Nkrumah, among others.
Unlike Pacifism, which opposes militarism, Non-violence is a method of action and a lifestyle. This method of action combines the personal consistency of thinking, feeling, and acting in the same direction with the social consistency of treating others the way one wants to be treated.
During their fight for freedom, against pain and suffering, human beings can use non-violence as a mean to transform the socio-historical environment, in line with the creation of the National Human Nation.