STAR ALLIANCE FOUNDATION™
FRIENDSHIP HANDSHAKE™ FOR PEACE
The STAR ALLIANCE • FOUNDATION FOR ALL has drafted a set of documents designed to facilitate and promote Universal Civic Peace Values Education. These inspiring, nonpartisan, nonsectarian documents and other materials are offered to individual citizens, institutions, governments, and coalitions everywhere to serve as instruments of study, reflection, and commitment. They describe a baseline set of principles supportive to responsible freedoms and genuine, sustainable peace and love as Highest Ideals for All to Share. These Good Will Values and Principles are naturally relevant to every level of relationship, connecting the personal to the universal.
The STAR ALLIANCE organization was extremely active during the turning point years ending the Cold War, from 1985 to 1990. Since then we have invested enormous time and care developing our integrated philosophy and materials.
By identifying and expressing clearly and with artistic beauty: civic values that can be supported by various cultures but which themselves are non-factional — STAR ALLIANCE helps build safer, more harmonious, healthier, and happier families, communities, and nations toward a whole society will work for everyone.
The prime stars of STAR ALLIANCE are these axiomatic (that is: basic or self-proving) StarPoint™ principles — shining points of value that virtually everyone can share.
Everyone who does her/his best to learn and practice them all qualifies as a STAR ALLIANCE Star, too. Remember:
Everyone can benefit from better relationships — and a better society!
And by the same token: No one's a winner in a Nuclear Winter!
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Among the most important StarPoint ideals of
STAR ALLIANCE FOR ALL are:
• MUTUAL: GOOD WILL • RESPECT • FAIRNESS & • INTEGRITY
• FULFILLMENT OF BASIC NEEDS FOR ALL
• WELL-RESTED, CALM, ALERT, INTELLIGENT AWARENESS
• HEALTH • & HEALTHY TRUST & CAUTION — including appreciation for the SCIENTIFIC APPROACH
• COMMUNICATION • COOPERATION • & CELEBRATION FOR • MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING & • COMMON GOALS.
Rounding out the picture are • GOOD HUMOR • BALANCE and • PROPER PROPORTION (And, since nobody’s perfect!): FIVE BIG "MAKE-UP VALUES" for peace:
• HUMILITY • PATIENCE • COMPASSION • APOLOGY & • FORGIVENESS.
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Taken together, with all their correlates (Please also see our Nesting Set of Civic Peace Documents.) — applied together in proper balance and proportion — The STAR ALLIANCE value set can lead to many vital
SUSTAINABLE SOCIAL BENEFITS, including:
SUSTAINABLE FREEDOM (rooted in Responsibility)
SUSTAINABLE CREATIVITY (rooted in Freedom)
SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTIVITY (rooted in Creativity)
SUSTAINABLE PROSPERITY (rooted in Productivity)
& GROWING SOCIAL HEALTH & HAPPINESS FOR ALL!
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All together, STAR ALLIANCE Peace Principles can act as excellent guides to greater harmony on many different paths of life and in the ongoing quest for peace and happiness for all.
STAR ALLIANCE declares these peace principles in service to all people, and offers them for endorsement and practice by all — for all.
Each human being who tries his/her best to apply to practical life — with wisdom, in proper balance and proportion — all the declared good will-peace principles, can surely be considered a "Star for Peace," too.
Our Overall Goals and Strategy
"STAR ALLIANCE CAMPAIGN 20/20 • FRIENDSHIP EARTH" aims to help people view the world with more accurate "20/20" Vision, and at the same time to raise their individual and collective aspirations to a higher level. We hope to share these positive, civic, ethical ideals with 20% of Earth's population by 2020!
The STAR ALLIANCE “FLOAT PEACE™” PROJECT additionally seeks to organize resources supporting peace education and inspiration activities, ongoing and planet-wide.
To accomplish these ambitious goals, STAR ALLIANCE aspires to cooperate with existing institutions including governments (particularly their educational “wings”), businesses, schools, colleges, universities, civic groups and nonprofit / NGO organizations. Although it is not a religious organization, STAR ALLIANCE welcomes cooperation from religious-affiliated groups and institutions — the better to share our work and help all people understand and commit to the proposed civic "Highest Common Ideals."
We believe our integrative approach to positive peace education and social change can help people generally cooperate more efficiently, more intelligently, and more effectively worldwide.
We feel that STAR ALLIANCE values will help guide free people in virtually any situation to be more responsible and harmonize better with one another. Attitudes and actions will become more sustainable. Even a significant shift in this direction can be expected vastly to reduce overall violence, negativity, and waste in our communities; to increase personal and collective safety and qualities of life, and create better social and physical environments for all.
At STAR ALLIANCE, we see everyone as integral to preserving and cherishing global society and our common home, “silently floating in the starry sky.”
The Human Hand as Peace Exemplar
The twenty-to-forty “Stars" of STAR ALLIANCE summarized above (and elaborated in the Declaration of Highest Common Ideals — Primary Peace Principles edition) can be considered “foundational” — analogous and roughly corresponding to the thirty bones of the human hand that act as a foundation for all its functions. ("Thirty," by the way, includes the “sesamoids,” or small “floater” bones in the hand.)
STAR ALLIANCE uses this analogy to illustrate a social structure of basic values for successful integration of unity and diversity in society.
Within itself, the hand is a "Miniature Peace Society." What an inspiration! Its spreading, mobile fingers graphically represent individuality, diversity, and freedom. Yet those “free” fingers can only go so far. To be sustainable, they must remain firmly rooted in good will, unity and responsibility for their teammates in a nourishing, supportive whole.
The hand is a tangible, visible example of peace that is personally relevant to everyone. No one can deny its practicality (at least not "with a straight face!") And no finger would hurt its teammates — it would only be hurting itself. Each and all members gain from the well being of the others.
Society is really quite the same. Freedoms must remain intelligently limited to ensure the well-being of others and the whole. Society is just on a much, MUCH bigger scale.
This, in essence, is "Why You Matter!"™ Individual behavior actually can (and at some level does) influence everyone.
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Our "All Peoples Nesting Set" of STAR ALLIANCE Peace Documents covers a whole "galaxy" of "star" principles. It is designed to help the human race pull together before it's too late to avoid unnecessary suffering on a massive scale.
What's encouraging is that these identified principles can be appreciated by many different individuals and groups, even on opposite sides of highly controversial issues.
Good Will-Peace Principles, in their purity, remain "above the fray" of competing, divisive interests. Clearly identifying and heeding them first will help people generate more peaceful outcomes from virtually any situation — and more healthy, fulfilling, ongoing relationships for all.
Just as the word “Star” reminds us of “points of value," "Alliance" implies the strong, complementary relationship of all these "First Principles for Peace.” It implies the teamwork that human beings and institutions must engage to enjoy a better life. Let's face it: over a lifetime, sooner or later; even over generations, we all end up needing one another's help.
Invest in World Peace!
In the final analysis, it really is in everyone's "highest and best interests" to apply and to promote natural principles for peace. We hope you will want to join CAMPAIGN 20/20 • FRIENDSHIP EARTH — and help FLOAT PEACE!
Reflect on and share STAR ALLIANCE principles with your network of family, friends, and colleagues. Return to them often. Print, sign, and feel free to post one or more of the public documents in a prominent place.
And if you can, please make a concrete investment of volunteer time or funds!
Please consider sharing the STAR ALLIANCE documents with people you don't necessarily agree with, too! You don't have to feel good about something conflictual in order to hold good will towards others involved — even when they appear to be causing the discomfort.
When conflict is approached from both sides with intent to resolve and transform it rather than just hurt the other — when both sides will try their best to "will for good outcomes," and follow to the best of their ability all the "star" ethical principles in spite of the conflict, then resolving it can be a substantial engine for positive growth all around!
Remember, one side has to be first to "step up to the plate" with good will and integrity for a positive solution.
By the way, if you feel the proposed "STAR ALLIANCE" public Declarations and Pledges for Peace need to be improved, then please do make specific suggestions...
You can make a difference for the whole world!
At this pivotal "turning point" in human history, the process of "getting it right" and promoting universal common values for peace is not just a luxury or philosophical game. It's a matter of our collective security and survival.
It is also a deeply practical way to optimize individual and community qualities of life.
All the STAR ALLIANCE values are required for lasting peace — and all the people. That's why our cheer — which we invite you to make their good cheer, too, is: