Glen T. Martin, Ph.D.             

Personal Biographical Statement

For the Gusi International Peace Prize Ceremonies

 

My life has been dedicated to peace ever since I was a young college student who applied as a conscientious objector to all war. During those early years, I regularly protested the policies of the United States, from the Vietnam War to the imperial wars in Central and South America to the Cold War with its absurd ideology of “mutual assured destruction.”

In my graduate studies in New York City and my subsequent work with International Philosophers for Peace (IPPNO) and Concerned Philosophers for Peace (CPP) in the 1970s and 80s, I devoted my scholarly work to understanding the causes of war, injustice, and all systems of domination and exploitation.  Many of my scholarly articles and publications during this period focus on these issues.

Since joining the faculty at Radford University in 1985, my research, thought, and experience have since led me to the understanding that war and injustice are most fundamentally systemic. Endless wars, as well as the global injustice of human rights violations and extreme poverty, follow directly from the system of sovereign militarized nation-states and the global economic system of corporate exploitation and domination. My philosophical work shows the interrelationships between our unjust global social systems, self-justifying ideologies, human immaturity, and the pervasive structural violence everywhere on Earth.

In this process, I developed the concept of “planetary maturity,” first fully expressed in my book, Millennium Dawn: The Philosophy of Planetary Crisis and Human Liberation. Our growth toward maturity as human beings and as a species requires developing a spirituality of compassion and an intellectual understanding of the ways our social and economic systems generate the consequences of violence and injustice. From both compassion and critical social understanding comes the life of active nonviolence directed toward a world-system founded on institutional nonviolence. The most fundamental means to this world transformation based on compassion and social understanding is the Constitution for the Federation of Earth.

Since 1995, I have been active in the World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA) and today am president of that organization, devoting my time, energy, and resources to establishing a nonviolent, peaceful and just world order under the Earth Constitution. In 2003, we established the Institute on World Problems (IOWP), and today I am President of IOWP, which studies world problems in their depth and interrelationship, and promotes integrated solutions for our planet as a whole.

For many years, in the service of humanity and future generations, my personal mission has been to create a decent world for all the Earth’s citizens. I have been travelling the world to lecture, inspire, and organize people to work for a transformed world system—nonviolent, just, free, and sustainable. During these same years, I have written many books and articles directed toward this same goal, including many political articles for the mainstream press that have been published on the internet and posted on my personal website (www.radford.edu/gmartin).   

Both compassion for the suffering of humans and animals worldwide and insight into the need for structural transformation of our fragmented world system are fundamental.  Under the unity in diversity of a transformed world system, human beings can flourish and develop the maturity of love. We cannot have one without the other: both love and social transformation. It is this process, under the Earth Constitution, to which I have dedicated my life.

 

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