Quotes

“The question to ask is not always how to make peace, the question to ask is how to eliminate the reasons that we fight each time to make a peace” – Thaer Elrefai

Letter to Thaer Elrefai: “You model the values which you espouse and promote.” – Professor Leonard Findlay, University of Saskatchewan

“…this is a great book and a much needed one.” –Grace Batchoun, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East

“Dr. Elrefai’s theological argument is drawn from reflection upon his own life history. What better place to start? He begins with the observation a baby is born without name, citizenship, or religion. All else that transpires is of human making, wrongly labeled by many monotheists ‘God’s will.’ ” – Maureen Korp, PhD , Writer and Lecturer: History of Religions

“As an atheist, instead of looking up to a God who isn’t there, I look out onto a world that is. A world of fellow humans. Dr. Elrefai takes this view and goes further, proposing a bold, new philosophy for humanity. His personal story is one of challenge, as is his appeal that from our diversity we can achieve a unity of peace. A solution not without controversy, yet this book is filled with optimism for a future where we can live in harmony. I recommend this to believers and non-believers who are looking for a unique read on a subject matter that matters.” – Kevin Smith, contributor, Ottawa Citizen, Ask the Religion Experts

“Rather than becoming embittered by his refugee experience, Dr. Elrefai has chosen to turn the page on the past. His book “From Diversity to Unity” is his vision of a world in which sources of conflict such as racial and religious differences as well as national distinctions are overcome. In a world without the conflict and tensions which such distinctions breed, Dr. Elrefai contends that humanity, through a focus on unity, or what brings people together,rinstead of diversity, can better achieve its full potential.” –Steve Hibbard, Former Head of Canada’s represesentative office in Ramallah.

“We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.”
– Kofi Annan

“There are no nations! There is only humanity. And if we don’t come to understand that right soon, there will be no nations, because there will be no humanity.” – Isaac Asimov

“We ought to think that we are one of the leaves of a tree, and the tree is all humanity. We cannot live without the others, without the tree.” – Pablo Casals

“All conflict is about difference; whether the difference is race religion, or nationality…” – John Hume

“The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason. I have never used any other, and I trust I never shall.” –Thomas Paine

“What divides us pales in comparison to what unites us.”
– US Senator Edward Kennedy

“The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.” – Thomas Paine

“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“Humanism: an exaltation of freedom, but one limited by our need to exercise it as an integral part of nature and society.”
–John Ralston Saul

“As man advances in civilisation, and small tribes are united into larger communities, the simplest reason would tell each individual that he ought to extend his social instincts and sympathies to all the members of the same nation, though personally unknown to him. This point once reached, there is only an artificial barrier to prevent his sympathies extending to the men of all nations and races.”
– Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man

“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.”
–Black Elk

“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”
–Martin Luther King, Jr.

“When people love humanity more than they hate the “other” group, then there will be peace.”
– Unknown

“This is peace with dignity. This is peace with commitment. This is our gift to our peoples and the generations to come…”
– King Hussein of Jordan

“Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind…”
–John F. Kennedy

“I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their happiness or satisfaction. Yet true happiness comes from a sense of peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved through the cultivation of altruism, of love and compassion, and elimination of ignorance, selfishness, and greed.”
– Dalai Lama