The Secret Peace
I wrote The Secret Peace: Exposing the Positive Trend of World Events to expose what the media doesn't focus on: history's true trend towards justice and peace. Find out more about the book here.
This is a topic I've been interested in for decades now. I've examined it from every angle, ranging from international history to its application in our personal lives. I originally had several links here to presentations I had done on the topic, but they now seem hopelessly outdated (and are encompassed within The Secret Peace anyway.) I'll just recommend reading Carl Sagan's The Demon-Haunted World, one of my favorite books of all time.
Our nonviolent future
Another obsession of mine is nonviolence. When I was younger I absorbed many of Gandhi's writings and those of other activist leaders. I believe we are moving into a future where all conflicts will be solved nonviolently. If that sounds absurd, just remember that countless conflicts were solved this way in the twentieth century. If Milosevic, the Raj, Jim Crow, and the whole mammoth Soviet Union can be toppled through civil disobedience and the power of the people, what can't? In the coming centuries, I expect killing people will become so abhorrent that ALL the world's citizens will cry out whenever a country does it. For a good introduction, check out a great PBS special feature called A Force More Powerful.
I believe that cars are responsible for many of our problems today, and will be going away in the future. Read more
I also believe that organic food and local food are often bad for the environment, and that GMOs are part of the solution to the world's hunger problems. Read more
"I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."
"Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life."
"Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and test of our civilization."
The Baha'i Faith
There used to be several pages here of information about the Baha'i Faith. My book, The Secret Peace, was in part inspired by Baha'i ideals I learned while growing up. But after 30 years of active participation, I have chosen to no longer be a member. This was due to wildly unpleasant treatment at the hands of the Faith, based on some of the more backwards of their mostly-admirable beliefs. Research shows that those specific backwards beliefs are quickly disappearing from society, but this is small consolation. My leaving was also largely due to the research for my book, which uncovered mounting evidence that the claims of religion are false and unnecessary.
You can read my story here in this Quora answer.
I'd be glad to answer any questions. Feel free to e-mail me.