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The ABCs of Human Survival

A Paradigm for Global Citizenship

The ABCs of Human Survival examines the effect of militant nationalism and the lawlessness of powerful states on the well-being of individuals, local communities, and global citizenship. Based on the analysis of world events, Dr. Arthur Clark presents militant nationalism as a pathological pattern of thinking that threatens our security, while emphasizing effective democracy and international law as indispensable frameworks for human protection.

Within the contexts of history, sociology, philosophy, and spirituality, The ABCs of Human Survival calls into question the assumptions of consumer culture and offers, as an alternative, strategies to improve overall well-being through the important choices we make as individuals.

288 pages

Table of Contents



Introduction and Overview

The pathology of nationalism

Choosing the future

The necessity of democracy and law

The personal is political

War is a disease: The case of Vietnam

The practice of medicine and the practice of citizenship

A personal journey

About this book

Principles of global community and global citizenship: A synopsis

CHAPTER ONE: Choosing the Future

Where are we going?

Where do we want to go?

The practice of medicine and the practice of global citizenship

Pathogenesis: Why are we so self-destructive?

Pathogenesis: Nationalism and warfare

Democracy and international law

The rabbi’s son from Krakow

Choosing the future: Summary


First Axiom: The map is not the territory

Second Axiom: The map changes the territory

Third Axiom: We choose our maps

Fourth Axiom: Good, bad, evil, important, and unimportant are in the eye of the beholder

Fifth Axiom: Political leaders are not competent to determine the value of a human life

CHAPTER THREE: Paradigm Shift

Who are we?

Pathology of the old paradigm

The new paradigm and human options

CHAPTER FOUR: Principles of Global Community

Principle 1

Principle 2

Principle 3

Principle 4

Principle 5

Principle 6

Principle 7

Principle 8

Principle 9

Principle 10

Principle 11

Principle 12

Principle 13


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