UPF Slovakia, By Barbara Grabner, Bratislava, Slovakia, May 28, 2015: UPF Slovakia organized a public lecture about the current monetary system, its origins and future prospects. True Father´s express request to realize equal opportunities and prosperity for everyone as outlined in his Peace Messages are dreams of the future. Countless people suffer due to unjust distribution or wrong investments of money. Even the rather affluent European Union is shaken by numerous disputes on loans, and similar.
They had scheduled two similar events in May, so our theme was fully future prospects. True Father´s express request to realize equal opportunities and prosperity for everyone as outlined in his Peace Messages are dreams of the future. Countless people suffer due to unjust distribution or wrong investments of money. Even the rather affluent European Union is shaken by numerous disputes on loans, and similar.
To offer deeper insights on the role of money, UPF secretary general Milos Klas and his wife Barbara invited the Vienna based philosopher and book author Herbert Giller who wrote the book “What comes after Capitalism?” While planning the event they did not expect too much interest but thought it would be interesting for some of their long-time guests nevertheless.
One of their guests helped them to contact the Association of Slovak Scientific and Technological Societies.
They offered their seminary room and the lecture was advertised on their website. The UPF outreach efforts included mails to the staff of selected faculties of Comenius University. The last days before the event the organizing couple perceived tangible support by the spirit world. Nevertheless their family made a 10-day prayer and bowing conditions to get Heaven´s blessing and protection.
The attendance was much better than expected. Only the guests who arrived five minutes before the official start got seated, late-comers had to stand or were turned away by the janitor. Reportedly at least 20 persons were denied entrance which created some tensions. The almost 70 listeners responded very well and a lively discussion emerged afterwards; just a few people opposed the radical measures proposed by Herbert Giller. He started with a review on Communism which appeared with the claim to redeem society from the unjust and damaging system of capitalism. But it failed due to its wrong concepts of human nature and society generally. “Today we need an economic model which is beyond communism and capitalism based on a higher level”. The philosopher does not propose reforms to make life in the money-dominated world more bearable. “The rule of money over the world must be broken! Capitalism needs to be totally replaced by a different, better system. For this purpose we must supersede the foundations of today’s politics and economy through new principles which suit human nature better.” Giller challenged the audience to make the necessary transformations within themselves and on grassroots level.
The lecture lasted two hours and was filmed and installed online by the Club of Futurology. The book which exists in German and English so far will be published in Czech language by the publishing company Ideal. Above all, a journalist of the Slovak Foreign Radio Broadcast made an interview with Herbert Giller.