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1. THE 3 SOCIAL PRINCIPLES OF NON VIOLENCE
2. SCHIETTI’S LAW
3. THE LAW ABOUT THE FUTURE
4. THE LAW OF THE CONVOY
5. QUESTIONS - ANSWERS



1. THE 3 SOCIAL PRINCIPLES OF NON VIOLENCE

Human beings can be easily upset and often, when facing certain kinds of problems, they get confused and make big mistakes. We follow a scientific approach to tackle problems and created 3 simple laws to guide those who want to make few mistakes with regards to social subjects: the Schietti’s Law; the Law about the Future and the Law of the Convoy, the 3 L.A.P. Laws, also called “The 3 social principles of non-violence”.


2. SCHIETTI’S LAW

The well-known Schietti’s Law (Domenico Schietti – 1988) says that the best possible solution is the one which is favourable to everyone and that is agreed upon by all parties. The proof is very easy: if a solution seems perfect on paper but it is not favourable to everyone and is not agreed upon by all parties, the ones who disagree or are penalized will not cooperate, thus making the plan unfeasible and source of never ending conflicts (i.e., between Israel and Palestine). On the contrary, if all parties agree upon and have advantages, they will even end up changing their own original conditions (i.e., the European Union). Therefore, when facing a problem, all the parties concerned are to be studied to find an unanimous agreement.


3. THE LAW ABOUT THE FUTURE

Things in life can go 5 ways: improve, worsen, be steady, begin, end. The cleverness is to find as many certain data as possible and to make a connection between them to decide how things may develop in each of the 5 ways. An analysis of the future that does not include all the 5 possibilities is wrong or incomplete. One with false or contradictory data is equally wrong (there will be a famine and everybody will rejoice for not having to eat 3 times a day; water, electricity and condoms are Satan’s instruments and God will punish you; with more law enforcement there will be more freedom). Once the reasoning has been understood, it will be easier to predict the future : it may not be correct, but it will not surely be coarsely wrong. Therefore, you can better understand the truth when the others talk about the future, for instance, in politics. To sum up the Law about the Future: 1. Always consider all the 5 possibilities: better, worse, same, beginning, end; 2 make a connection between as many certain data as possible and verify that they are not contradictory.


4. THE LAW OF THE CONVOY

A convoy always travels at the sped of the slowest vehicle. The law says that in order to increase the speed of the convoy, you have to increase that of the slowest vehicle. The convoy stands for any situation in which we have to go on together. In general, it is mankind heading for the future. Until now, in order to increase the speed, people have always tried to eliminate, exploit or drag the slowest vehicles (the poor, the weak, the different). But this is counterproductive because it triggers further slowing downs. In a convoy as in any closed group all the elements are strictly linked and generate chain reaction. It is even too easy to find analogies and understand the origin of problems in any convoy situation. For instance, wars, terrorism, crimes, pacifism, irrationality and absolutism are wrong applications of the law of the convoy and some of its consequent chain reaction. Instead, a right application of the law of the convoy would be to help the poor overcome their critical condition and get in motion with their own strength, because their speed is everybody’s speed.


5. QUESTIONS - ANSWERS

1. Does science have its enemy in religions?
Rather than in religions, maybe it has its enemy in some obscurantist ecclesiastic lobbies which profit from the exploitation of ignorance, but this belongs to all lobbies.

2. Aren’t you aware that you are in contradiction with the law of nature and with what has always happened so far?
Before the invention of the wheel, men had to carry everything on their shoulders. Before the 3 LAP Laws, you had to be homo homini lupus. Convenience and utility make a behaviour win, that’s the law of nature. If the 3 LAP Laws are suitable to the evolution of the species, then the law of nature itself will make them prevail over what has been so far.

3. It seems to me that you insist on poverty, but why not on health, right, peace, freedom or democracy?
According to our data, the biggest problem is the discrimination of the poor. Here are some examples:
- In Africa drugs for AIDS are everywhere but they are too expensive and thus inaccessible to the poor.
- Entering Europe is not forbidden to non-EEC nationals, but to those who cannot prove to have a house, an income and a bank account. That is the poor.
- Holidays in Saint Moritz are unaffordable not for those who cannot ski, but for those who have no money to pay the hotel.
If we compare the discrimination suffered by the slaves in ancient Rome, the black people during Colonialism, the Jews under the Nazi regime, the ethnic minorities in modern China with the one the poor suffer nowadays all over the world, including China, India, Muslim Countries, Russia, the USA and Europe, we would realise that these are of the same kind. The poor lack those rights that are enjoyed by those who do not belong to their category. Since the world re-arrangement after the fall of the Berlin wall, people who have died because of this discrimination are about 900 millions, but maybe we are rounding down.

4. Is a change in life-style necessary to enforce the 3 L.A.P. laws?
Thanks to the speed of communication and to the spreading of the global point of view, this change in life style is already in progress. The 3 LAP Laws are the practical application of something everyone is aware of. That life style which:
- aims at controlling and exploiting
- studies the weaknesses to wear out
- profits from suffering
- dreams about superiority through competition
- looks for personal advantage only
- claims the right to destroy in the funniest way
- justifies any means
- does not accept evidence
- charges the unsatisfied with ingratitude
- considers the different intolerant
- charges money for everything
This is typical of political and managerial top positions, relations between companies, many sports, penetrations of markets with useless products and the submission of women to men, but luckily all this is becoming counterproductive and anti-historical. In the search of a partner, for instance, it is ineffective and it needs great economic investments to have little shows of affection. Scientifically speaking, it is useful to change one’s own life style and apply the 3 L.A.P. Laws.

5. Is non-violence an ethical principle?
Yes, but not only. Non violence is also a life style and a science. It is an intention to move through the world, a choice, a cunning trick, intelligence, pragmatism; it is convenient and more effective. It is art and philosophy and it requires study and application. It has its own laws, such as: “do not do what you do not want the others to do”; “what you throw out of the door comes back through the window” and “live and let live”, “every thing at its time”,… Let’s make 3 examples:
- the owner of a shoe store would hardly earn money if (s)he ill-treated the clients,
- a youngster would hardly be successful in the search of a partner if (s)he were disrespectful towards the opposite gender.
- Mankind would hardly progress if it kept on destroying itself with wars. There would be development cycles followed by decline cycles.
An ethical principle is thought to be theoretically favourable, but not in practice and, as a consequence, valid for the others but not for oneself. Thus, non violence is not only an ethical principle. By non violence, we mean a group of behaviours including love, solidarity, friendship, communication, joy, freedom, respect and sincerity. All these attitudes can be defined as “non violence”.

6. Nice things, but how can you explain them to top lobbies?
You have to be patient. In most cases it is people with their body in this time and their head at Moses’, Tutankhamen’s or Julius Caesar’s era.
- Most of them are males.
- They think pyramids can be built with slaves and not with cranes.
- They think they are elected and have a genetic superiority just like pharaohs thought of themselves as semi-gods.
- They live the myth of eternal youth by surrounding themselves with young people who flatter them, but they are scorned by any girl in the street.
- They are superstitious.
- They think they are endowed with the historical responsibility to choose for the others and to guide them towards victory.
- They think they are good people.
- They are not aware of the change; they have not adapted themselves and, therefore, are useless even though they show a wide culture.
You have to explain them the global point of view, science, non violence, the historical need to eliminate poverty. With a lot of patience, several times, by showing them scientifically how things go and make them evaluate the economic advantage.

7. What do you mean by scientific method?
If three friends throw 10 donkeys from the 10th storey of a building hoping that they would fly, but if these donkeys crash to the ground, the 11th that they throw will not fly because, contrarily to what they previously did, maybe one of them keeps the fingers crossed or touches wood. There is the need to carry out more complex studies, scientific ones that can be done by everyone, always with the same result. For instance, donkeys do not fly even though you cross your fingers.

8. How will you cope with the violent that run the world when you get the power?
When there was not the Internet, they used to follow us, to wait for us outside our home, to stop us disguised as policemen. Now they enter our PCs and take everything they need. Those people who falsely profit from this state of things and fear the spreading of some ideas such as the elimination of poverty. They fear that, together with poverty, we eliminate them as well, as it always happens after any important historical change. We have to guarantee continuity. We have to abolish the punitive system and use non violence. We leave them the power because we only want to eliminate poverty. We are helping everyone, including them. We back non violence and we want to apply Schietti’s law. We do not want power and what we will do is what we have always done before, that is, to try and help the others, even though those who believe to be our enemies. But they have to adapt to changes and innovate.

9. What do we have to do to guarantee the continuity of a historical process already in progress and innovate at the same time?
We have to leave behind dangerous or counterproductive things and introduce those that are favourable to everyone. In other words, we have to apply the scientific method in politics too and, especially, the 3 social principles of non violence. The Global Campaign 2010: Poverty Elimination is trying to do this. We have to make it start and then it will all happen naturally.

10. What is the truth according to you?
In 2003 Truth is what you determine scientifically. One can say that tomorrow the sun will not rise, but anyone can say the hour and the exact place on the horizon. One can say that those who do not have legs come back with legs from Lourdes, but statistics say that nobody has ever come back from Lourdes with new legs. Anyone can say what they want, but to be believed they need a scientific proof. The Truth in 2003 is the one you scientifically prove, the rest is just “nonsense” or to be proved. Long live the Truth!!

11. In regard to the law of the convoy: what is the point in going somewhere?
Individuals move their body in the world according to the best way to fulfil their needs. For instance, if I am hungry, then I will look for food. If I am sleepy, then I will seek rest. If one has something to express, then they will speak or maybe create a masterpiece. And this is true for human beings too. According to their needs, individuals and human groups direct their actions. They go somewhere. These needs are experienced by everyone and everyone moves according to them. For example, presently, the social group is becoming one and is beginning to look for a common direction. The most experimented social need is usually the one that concerns most people. In 2003 the biggest problem is poverty and the main need is to eliminate it. Thus, there is need to set times and action criteria. Thus, the global campaign for the possible development: 2010: Poverty Elimination. .

12. What about the descent of warriors? And those born to fight? And the art and discipline of war? And the animal instinct of competition?
All this has partly been settled thanks to competitive sport disciplines. And these disciplines are to be extended to over 40 and over 60 championships, such as the over 40 Olympics, track and field events, 100 mt., and gold medal. Further, war must be included as sport discipline, with Olympic gold medals too. Many already wage it with fake pistols in the woods. And there are a lot of categories: guerrilla warfare, heavy means, air force, total war.

13. What do you think about the theory of relativity?
The theory of relativity is something very complex which is generally simplified by saying that all is relative and thus nothing is true, all is absurd, reality does not exist and one thing is the same as another one. But this is false. Once there was an old fisherman walking on water’s edge during a low tide. He was picking up starfishes and threw them back into the sea. A passer-by scolded him: “What are you doing? Why are you wasting your time? There are millions of kilometres of shoreline, millions of starfishes and one starfish more or one less makes no difference!” He threw another starfish into the water and said “It does make a difference to it!”

14. At a personal level, what principle of non violence do you advise me to use?
Many popular sayings are ok. Yet the principle of non-violence one usually refers to are:
- do not do what you wouldn't like the others to do to you
- do what you would like the others to do to you
These principles are expressed with slight differences and underlying different nuances according to the cultures in which they are present (Chinese, Indian, Jewish, Christian, African, Arabian, North and South American) and to the masters who used them as essential principles in their lives (Confucius, Jesus Christ…).
Some say the principle is only one and that is the positive one. It is the one that highlights the action. Others say that it is two different principles. One underlines what to do and the other what not to do. Most of people do not obviously care. We prefer not to argue since we have created two new principles:
- do not do what you wouldn't like the others to do
- do what you would like the others to do
Why “do what you would like the others to do to you”? Why “do not do what you wouldn't like the others to do to you”? Why to you? Why to you only? Why this logic? These principles do not work and indeed they have not produced almost anything historically, despite millions or even billions of people made an effort to apply them. We think that one of the reasons of this failure is that they are focused on a selfish-individualistic type of logic. The “me”, the eye cast on the self. The ego that becomes the centre of the world. Since the biggest problems come from this very selfish-individualistic logic and not from the application of some principles, the principle must create a kind of bridge leading beyond the self in order to be valid: it should enable to escape the selfish-individualistic logic and open the mind towards the others. Otherwise we are back to square one, that is, the mirror, the non-existence of the others, the dream that seems real.
So, for us:
- do not do what you wouldn't like the others to do to you
- do what you would like the others to do to you
are wrong.
But:
- do not do what you wouldn't like the others to do
- do what you would like the others to do
are good.


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