Therefore, it can be accepted by a huge number of people, regardless of ideology, political inclination or belief.
Most people desire peace from the bottom of their hearts. However, tragic and continuous violations of peace between different peoples are all too clear. The task of seeking effective solutions to obtain peace is not easy. There are many obstacles. This letter suggests some principles which may help to overcome these obstacles and at the same time, offer a foundation on which to build a more solid peace.Nuevo enfoque al estudiarJuan Miguel González Feria
The misdeeds done in History cannot be blamed on those living today, for the simple reason that we did not exist at that time.Is historic blame in force?Juan Miguel González Feria
Why, then, should we feel and feed resentment against others if we have no responsibility for what happened long ago?Living without ResentmentJuan Miguel González Feria
Once we have finished with these absurd resentments, why can we not be friends and work together globally to build a more united and gratifying world for our children and ourselves?To live and work in friendshipJuan Miguel González Feria
It is productive to know as much History as possible. But we cannot turn the clock back and
change History. We can also see that if History had been different, for better or worse, the future
would have also been different. Likewise, through the course of the years there would have been other encounters, other links; other people would have been born, not us. None of those who have the gift of life today, would exist. This does not imply in any way that the evils caused by our forefathers were not really evil. We censure and reject them, and we do not want to repeat them. The surprise of existing will help those living today strive happily to right the wrongs caused by previous generations.
Human beings, by the mere fact of their existence, there always being the possibility that they
might not have come to exist, have a fundamental relationship: being brothers and sisters in
existence. If we did not exist we could not be anybody's blood brothers or sisters. Our awareness of this primordial fraternity in existence will facilitate our solidarity in opening ourselves to society.
When organising new social structures now considered adequate to build a more stable,
peaceful society, it is sometimes dangerous to base them on other older structures, even
though these may have been considered appropiate in their time. It is safer to build the
foundations of these new structures on human geographic units. At the same time, the risk of
these structures closing on themselves must also be avoided since this gives rise to all kinds of frictions and even wars.
Human being is free, intelligent and capable of love. It is known that love cannot be forced
or imposed; neither can it be blind, it must have lucidity. Either it arises freely and wisely or it is
not genuine. Whenever one's freedom is curtailed or one is deprived of wisdom we are preventing this person from loving us. Therefore, to defend, favour and develop the genuine freedom and wisdom of the individual -which in itself implies a social co-responsibility-, means favouring cordial feelings among people and thus better enables us to build peace.
The present representatives of the institutions that have prevailed through History, certainly have no responsibility for actions which took place in the past, since they were not alive then. But, in order to promote peace, these representatives should nevertheless publicly state their regrets for past evils and injustices committed by the institutions throughout History, when it is prudent to do so. In their institutional roles they should try to compensate for the damage caused.Ancient Institutional evilsJuan Miguel González Feria
Progenitors are responsible for giving existence to other beings. Therefore, with the help of society, they should provide their offspring with sufficient support for their entire lives, above all in the inheritance of a more peaceful world for their entire lives. This obligation is particularly strong in the case of the weak willed or those with mental difficulties. This provision should allow them to develop their lives with human dignity as they have not asked to exist. The young have a right to be motivated and enthused by the joy of living, learning from the example of their parents, family and society. In the same way they have the right to carry out research in the sciences and technology, in order to build a more peaceful world. It is clear that it is impossible to build worldwide peace while in society itself, and even in the family, there is disdain toward more than half of its members: women, children, senior citizens and other marginalized groups. Rather, a full recognition and respect for their dignity and their rights would lead towards favouring peace.The responsibility of procreationJuan Miguel González Feria
A growing number of countries already recognise the right we all have to think, express
ourselves and freely form groups, provided we respect the rights of others. But, likewise, every
human being has the right to be able to live his or her own life in this world in accordance with
what he or she sincerely thinks.
Democracies must therefore take a qualitative leap in order to defend and favour every person's
opportunity to live in keeping with his or her conscience without ever, of course, curtailing
anyone else's freedom, or causing damage to others or to oneself.
Without resentment, peace can be built from evidences, freedom and friendship. Thank you, friends...Peace can be builtJuan Miguel González Feria