We need to promote a new way forwards for a better future. To promote a better future, none of us should hide away from trying to seek the truth. I have become an untrusting person. But I recognise that many other people, ordinary people, are trying to seek the truth and promote the truth and seeking to find a better way forwards.
During my childhood, there seemed to be such a clearcut line between ‘goodies’ and ‘baddies’. Now I see no clear line. I have no confidence in governments of any country. Some governments are clearly cruel and despotic regimes – but other governments which purport to be democratic are increasingly looking as if they are not necessarily working in the interests of their people, or world-wide people. Here in the west, many of us are no longer confident in exactly ‘who’ is running our countries or with what underlying motives.
Someone forwarded me the link of the ‘Yes’ magazine – which led to the site ‘Americans Who Tell The Truth’ http://www.americanswhotellthetruth.org/ through which I found this page:
On which it states:
To define:Genocide is the deliberate and systematic destruction of an ethnic, racial, religious or national group.While precise definition varies among genocide scholars, a legal definition is found in the 1948 United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Article 2 of this defines genocide as “any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life, calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; [and] forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.Using that definition, ask students to identify historical events that they feel would qualify as genocide. This can provide an excellent opportunity to use critical thought skills when examining events, allowing students to go deeper than surface information.
“…to go deeper than surface information.”