Healing Our World
The Other Piece of the Puzzle

Dr. Mary J. Ruwart


In the following pages, I offer nothing more than simple facts, plain arguments and common sense; and have no other preliminaries to settle with the reader, other than that he will divest himself of prejudice and prepossession, and suffer his reason and his feelings to determine for themselves; that he will put on, or rather that he will not put off, the true character of a man, and generously enlarge his views beyond the present day.

-Thomas Paine


TABLE OF CONTENTS


INTRODUCTION. THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM?
War and poverty are caused, not by "selfish others," but by our own reactions to them. If we wish to change the world, we must first change ourselves.


PART I
GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD:
BACK TO BASICS


Chapter 1. The Golden Rule
We are well aware that if we commit certain actions against our neighbors, fighting and impoverishment will result. Somehow we think these same actions create peace and plenty if applied to our community, state, nation, and world.

Chapter 2. Wealth Is Unlimited!
Wealth is created when we use existing resources in new ways. Since creativity is virtually limitless, wealth is too.


PART II
FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES:
HOW WE CREATE POVERTY
IN A WORLD OF PLENTY!


Chapter 3. Destroying Jobs
When we use aggression to increase the wealth of disadvantaged workers, we succeed only in making them poorer.

Chapter 4. Eliminating Small Businesses
"Only in America" could penniless immigrants become affluent by starting their own businesses. Today, our aggression keeps the disadvantaged from following in their footsteps.

Chapter 5. Harming Our Health
Licensing of health care services gives us the illusion that we are protected against selfish others who would defraud us. Instead, our aggression boomerangs back to us, costing us our wealth, our health, and our very lives.

Chapter 6. Protecting Ourselves to Death
By using aggression to avoid medications that might harm us, we lose access to life saving drugs.

Chapter 7. Creating Monopolies that Control Us
Most monopolies are not created by selfish others, but by our own aggression.

Chapter 8. Destroying the Environment
We are more likely to protect the environment when we own a piece of it and profit by nurturing it.

Chapter 9. Banking on Aggression
We established the "money monopoly" in the hopes of creating economic stability. By using aggression as our means, we created boom-and-bust cycles instead.

Chapter 10. Learning Lessons Our Schools Can't Teach
How can our children learn to abhor aggression when we teach them in a system built on it?

Chapter 11. Springing the Poverty Trap
When we use aggression to alleviate the poverty caused by aggresssion, we only make matters worse.

Chapter 12. By Their Fruits You Shall Know Them
It's just as well that our aggression creates poverty instead of wealth. Otherwise, we'd be eternally at war with each other!


PART III
AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US: HOW WE CREATE STRIFE IN A WORLD OF HARMONY!


Chapter 13. The Other Piece of the Puzzle
Justice does not consist of punishing the aggressor, but of making the victim whole.

Chapter 14. The Pollution Solution
Restoring what we have harmed is the best deterrent of all!

Chapter 15. Dealing in Death
Using aggression to stop drug abuse kills more people than the drugs themselves!

Chapter 16. Policing Aggression
We can protect ourselves from aggression only by refusing to be aggressors ourselves.

Chapter 17. Putting It All Together
The practice of non-aggression domestically creates a peaceful and prosperous nation.


PART IV
LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION:
FOREIGN POLICY


Chapter 18. Beacon to the World
The most effective way to help poorer nations is to practice non-aggression.

Chapter 19. The Communist Threat Is All in Our Minds
Using aggression domestically creates a foreign enemy here at home.

Chapter 20. National Defense
The best defense against foreign aggression is the practice of non-aggression domestically.



PART V
BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL:
OUR CHOICES MAKE OUR WORLD


Chapter 21. A New Age or a New World Order?
Once we understand how global peace and prosperity are created, we cannot be easily fooled.

Chapter 22. How to Get There From Here
If each of us works on the piece of the puzzle that appeals to us most, the final picture will reflect the composite of our dreams.


INDEX

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