Formed in 1928

Who knew?

The credo of the International Biogenic Society states the following:

We believe that our most precious possession is Life.
We believe we shall mobilize all the forces of Life against the forces of death.
We believe mutual understanding leads toward mutual cooperation; that mutual cooperation leads toward Peace; and that Peace is the only way of survival for mankind.
We believe that we shall preserve instead of waste our natural resources, which are the heritage of our children.
We believe that we shall avoid the pollution of our air, water and soil, the basic preconditions of life.
We believe that we shall preserve the vegetation of our planet: the humble grass which came 50 million years ago and the majestic trees which came 20 million years ago, to prepare our planet for mankind.
We believe that we shall eat only fresh, natural, pure, whole foods, without chemicals and artificial processing.
We believe that we shall lead a simple, natural, creative life, absorbing all the sources of energy, harmony and knowledge, in and around us.
We believe that the improvement of life and mankind on our planet must start with individual efforts, as the whole depends on the atoms composing it.


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Edmund Bordeaux Szekely – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Edmond Bordeaux Szekely. Born, (1905-03-05)March 5, 1905. Máramarossziget, Hungary, (now in Romania). Died, 1979. Occupation, Philologist/linguist, philosopher, psychologist. Genres, Religion. Edmond Bordeaux Szekely (1905–1979) was a Hungarian philologist/linguist, philosopher, psychologist and …

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  1. Edward Morbius
    Edward Morbius says:

    There was a rising awareness of ecological issues.  Probably dating to Thoreau, also Aldo Leopold.

  2. Chris George
    Chris George says:

    At the time the founder was apparently treated as a bit of a kook and his dabbling in "forgotten" books of the bible probably didn't help.

    Many of these items are now going mainstream. Social change sure is slow. My wife agonizes over this when we discuss people like Leopold, Carson, Hubbert and even Malthus to a certain extent. It leaves us so little hope for a social solution to our problems in a meaningful time frame.

  3. Samara Sonmor
    Samara Sonmor says:

    Ahh, but now we have the internet and brilliant writers.

  4. Richard Harlos
    Richard Harlos says:

    Remember Emma Goldman's quip that "if voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal"? I believe the same applies to attempts at social change: if the quiet, peaceful mechanisms that so many of us believe will bring about change actually did so, then the world would already be a magnificent place overall.

    But, they don't bring those changes. It takes protest. Confrontation. Force, sometimes against other human beings.

    Oh, I realize this isn't politically correct. But I believe the same principle applies to political correctness as applies to voting: if maintaining a PC posture changed anything, they'd make it illegal.

    Look at labor's struggles… race & gender equality… Constitutional fidelity, etc. Each of these 'victories' wasn't won in a politically correct playing field; they required initiative, confrontation, and perhaps the overall big-taboo, which is that challenging authority that enforces injustice is seen among the dominant culture as challenging lawfulness & even morality itself.

    We'd do well to ponder Frederick Douglass' sentiments from his West India Emancipation speech:

    "The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. … If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."

  5. Samara Sonmor
    Samara Sonmor says:

    The problems are complex, but so are we. We need all of these things happening at once.

    We need to write new stories, we need to read new stories. We need to struggle and fight the status quo – and what it has made of us. We need compassion and intellect and morality and justice and protest and education and resistance; and above all, we need to remember we each have different parts to play in changing the systems of oppression. 

    I've ascertained my role in this shining, shifting, unscripted chaos, unwilling and unprepared for it as I am; and my part, it seems, is to reach out and ask others:  what is your  role?
    Because we need you all.

    So there it is. Thank you, +Richard Harlos.  A most eloquent comment.

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