Started by Bruno Hussar, it is named Oasis of Peace after the Biblical passage: ‘My people shall dwell in an oasis of peace’. Here Jewish and Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel live together. Receiving minimal government funding, this village is a demonstration of managing many inter-dependent relations. The metaphorical inter-dependent health levels in this village are the sensitive education of two deeply wounded peoples; two different faiths; two languages and the ordinary business of governing themselves as a recognized state. They are actively successful at, as they say, ‘living with conflict’. Terror and tyranny do not rule in this village. The only security the village has is the law imposed by government. They have achieved their homeostasis. In 2016 they were presented with our Winspiration Award, which they received at our main stage event in Austria.
Our World by Wolfgang Sonnenburg
n our body there is a crucial process which carefully regulates inter-dependent conditions such as our body temperature, the PH of extracellular fluids, as well as glucose levels in blood plasma, and oxygen levels, and which keeps them constant, despite changes in the environment, and what we have been eating or doing (for example, resting or exercising). It makes us sweat when we’re hot, shiver when we’re cold. Without this, the body cannot function effectively. A breakdown in stabilising blood sugar levels is recognized as diabetes, for example. Without this process, a biochemical riot would ensue. The kidneys would be under stress; sugar levels would be unstable. Our system would be unable to function. The one reason that doesn’t happen is because of this ‘checks-andbalance’ system called homeostasis. The conceptual origins of homeostasis reach back to the ancient Greek concept of balance, harmony, equilibrium, and steady-state; all of them fundamental attributes of life and health. When I applied science to society I found myself asking: What is homeostasis for society? How do we reach equilibrium? A small village between Jerusalem and TelAviv has been answering this question since 1969.
However, our global society has poor vision. Often it does not pick up small initiatives from a distant place of hope and tolerance. So you have probably never heard of this practical peace in the Middle East that has been ongoing for over 40 years. Rather, our eyesight is used for magnifying possibly threatening objects so that they appear closer than they are - just like the sticker on side view mirrors in our cars. We see the war on terror instead. It seems bigger, closer, and scarier. Focusing on terror is reckless abandonment of our collective self. We can liken it to focusing on the diagnosis of terminal disease and not on the prognosis of good health. Homeostasis for humanity is asking
Health Focus in this month is all about travel