It is my understanding that my ancestors came to this continent from Germany and Scandinavia, and I am grateful for my life in the United States of America. However, I awoke in my adolescence to the practice of dysfunctional social and economic dynamics and environmental degradation by my Western culture. For many years I denied my connection and my responsibility for the harmful impacts of my ancestors actions, in addition to my own, which served to establish and maintain my privilege at the expense of many other individuals and Peoples. I was wrong. I am deeply sorry and I want to make my relationships right.
To those that have been harmed, I apologize to you and the Peoples of humankind you represent for the harm, heartbreak, and loss of life and homelands, culture, self-determination and opportunity that I and my ancestors have inflicted over generations. I apologize for how little I have done to take responsibility for my own actions, and for those of my ancestors, despite my awareness ever since I was a young child of the ceaseless dysfunctional dynamics in our world.
In addition to my apology, first and foremost, I acknowledge the right of all people to exist and have self-determination wherever they exist, to make their own decisions, and to speak for themselves.
I also want to express my profound gratitude to all people and their ancestors that have been steadfast in attempting to fulfill our collective responsibility as human beings to honor and protect the life-support system upon which we all depend and are a part of, our planet home.
PEACE Institute International is an emerging expression of my apology and my desire to make my relationships right, and an expression of my most inspired vision for our world; thriving in PEACE: Prosperity of Equanimity and Attunement through Co-Operative Enterprise.
Thank you for your listening.