“Conversation on Pluralism in a City of the World” – Chancellor Nancy Cantor Syracuse University

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The spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, the Aga Khan, who has been a strong partner with Britain in many projects of global urgency, has also spoken profoundly and eloquently on why pluralism is fundamental to world peace and prosperity for all of us, no matter what our faith community or our home.

Nearly a year after the shock and horror of the September 11th attacks, he told an audience in Amsterdam that: “the strengthening of institutions supporting pluralism is as critical for the welfare and progress of human society as are poverty alleviation and confl ict prevention. In fact the three are intimately related.”

He then went on to make the critical link to education: “The problem,” he said, “is that large segments of all societies—in the developing and the developed world—are unaware of the wealth of global cultural resources, and therefore of the need to preserve the precious value of pluralism in their own and in other’s societies.”

Because we often do not perceive that cultural pluralism is a critical element of well being, he said, we may fail to realize that the world’s cultural heritage is a public good, its preservation just as crucial as sustaining the natural environment.

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  1. Take The Peace Pledge:

    “I will not harm any human, animal, or thing in the name of God.”

    By taking this pledge, one becomes an ULTRA of whatever religion or belief system they subscribe to ie an ULTRAChristian,ULTRAHindu, ULTRAMuslim, ULTRAAtheist, and so on…..

    By adding to belief instead of taking away in compromise, we can find common ground for peace at the highest level of agreement. All else will fall into place once this agreement can be made.

    Those who violate The Peace Pledge are X-ULTRAs and cannot regain their former ULTRA status though they can offer assistance to other ULTRAs.Those who oppose The Peace Pledge are NON-ULTRAs. It helps identify where people stand on the issue of Pluralism because unless a person is willing to take The Peace Pledge,their actions and motives can be questioned and support for their causes can be qualified.


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