Posts Tagged ‘universal’

Oneness as a Path to Peace

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

By Guest Contributor Lexi Soulios

It used to be much easier for humans to see ourselves as independent, isolated, and separate. Now with modern technology like the Internet and recent scientific discoveries in the field of quantum physics, for example, it’s near impossible to live in the delusion that we are alone, unaffected by the plights and actions of others, or that our own behavior has no impact on the world around us.

For those of us who truly long for peace on earth, we need to begin actively living the realization of Oneness – of interconnection with everyone and everything – in our lives. This is the only way we can transcend the greed, violence and fear that arise naturally from the belief in separation and that have pervaded our planet.

We can start living the realization of Oneness by making it an absolute priority to cultivate peace in our own hearts and minds, to think and act in ways that increase the sense of love and harmony in our homes, families, communities and workplaces. This is so important because not only does it give us a stable base from which to interact with others, but when our own lives are peace-filled, we positively influence the vibrations of the larger world beyond us.

Additionally, if we truly want to create a peaceful existence on this planet, we must aim for peace beyond just our generation. We need to make a legacy of peace our goal, so that our political and economic systems are set up in such a way that peace will continue for our children, our grandchildren and beyond.

In order to do this, no one can be left behind. We are all connected. If the children of one country are starving, dying of preventable diseases and lacking basic education, there will be unrest in the minds and hearts of us all.

Lasting peace requires us all to stand together. It requires us to take responsibility for our own well being and our own capacity to feel compassion for others. Lasting peace requires us to expand our viewpoint from that of a separated, isolated individual to that of a beingness which is inextricably woven into the large, mysterious, glorious whole.


Lexi Soulios is outreach coordinator for the Universal Flag Peace Movement. The Universal Flag Peace Movement is based on the principle that an erroneous belief in separation is at the root of all violence and greed. When we remember that we are all connected, peace will naturally result.

The symbol of our movement is the Universal Flag. The organization strives to raise consciousness through media, social networking, education and various programs in order to help people remember Oneness for themselves. Learn more at:

Fighting for a Free Internet

Monday, December 12th, 2011

(Here, let me get that for you, Youtube.)

Popular file-hosting site Megaupload is suing media giant Universal for wrongfully removing a Megaupload-produced pop video from Youtube. The infomercial song, which is easily found online despite the ban, features many prominent musicians like Snoop Dogg and Kanye West, some of whom work under Universal’s UMG label.

“Let us be clear: Nothing in our song or the video belongs to Universal Music Group. We have signed agreements with all artists endorsing Megaupload,” says Megaupload CEO David Robb. Yet despite this, “Efforts to reach out to UMG and open a dialog about this abuse of the DMCA process were answered with unfounded and baseless legal threats and demands for an apology.”

Alongside the litigation which was filed today, Universal’s misstep also prompted Megaupload to enter the heated SOPA debate, sounding a call to arms for anyone interested in saving the sanctity of the Internet.

SOPA, if you didn’t already know, is the latest attempt by US Lawmakers to completely redefine the way the internet works just to protect a few obsolete business models.  This bill is by no means the first attempt to stifle the Internet, and even if the censorship legislation does get shut down (fingers crossed), we’ll most certainly see far worse bills coming down the pipe.

Modern day revolutions, like Occupy and the Arab Spring, depend upon an open Internet to exchange radical ideas, rally the troops and mobilize the masses into action. Without this vital unfettered flow of information, uprisings could unravel before they even begin.

This is why we must fight tooth and nail to prevent our free Internet from falling under the rule of bureaucratic tyrants. If draconian bills like SOPA are ever allowed to pass, those of us trying to build a free world will find one more giant mountain in our way – and we already have enough to do as is!


UPDATE:  Esteemed Harvard constitutional law Professor Lawrence Tribe just released a damning memo declaring SOPA to be unconstitutional. Hazaa!

UPDATE x2: Thinktank CATO weighs in on the issue.