lm. Urs Knoblauch is a concept artist, culture publicist and former grammar school teacher at the Literargymnasium Rähmibühl in Zurich.
His contributions on societal and cultural politics in this newspaper are well known to the readers.
The book being introduced here “Nahrung, Bildung und Gesundheit für alle”(Food, Education and Health for everyone) illustrates – as the subtitle shows – ways to humanity, responsibility, the common good, social justice and peace. Designed with care, there are four issues compiled on 190 pages and useful practical answers are given on many questions.
The contributions are presenting, in a generally understandable fashion, facts about highly meaningful topics for society such as “agriculture and the World Agricultural Report”(IAASTD), “state, economy and the common good”, “Swiss humanitarian services”, “reflections on the history and function of the UN and UNESCO” – taking the point of view of ethics, cultural and educational science, as well as history and cultural anthropology.
Furthermore relevant areas from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Charter are being brought to mind. It is from these rights in particular that tasks and obligations for the individual person and society do follow concerning our living together in a shared world, in nature and civilisation.
Important economic and civic foundations – in particular the “direct democracy” – are constituting a subject in itself. The workings of the Red Cross, the tasks of UN and UNESCO and the activities of various international humanitarian organisations are presented in this book in a concise and clear way. Valuable relief organisations and examples such as Albert Schweizer and Beat Richner are explored. Also interesting are informative contributions on a diverse number of international organisations like the OECD or WTO. It becomes apparent just how unduly their activities are interfering into sovereign national states.
The great societal tasks we are facing ask for responsible solutions in terms of the common good. This book is aiming to appeal not only to young people, but also to their families, to contribute herein.
Despite the complex issues, they have been successfully covered in a distinct and perfectly understandable language. Especially the clear-cut structure will enable students e.g. to pick out singular aspects, and as the case may be, to read it together with others, to discuss it and to internalise it, in keeping with the terms of a humane living together. In this sense, this book is contributing an urgently needed ethics of the common good and peace. The linguistic presentation itself is offering students an example for their own writing style, be it for compositions, letters or other correspondence. A special attraction of this book are the more than 100 coloured linocuts, drawings and pictures, created by the students of the author, illustrating every topic.
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