On the surface, NGS is a movement toward greater participation in community service efforts,but on a deeper level NGS is a set of values. Values that support why we, as members of society, should be involved. This is our manifesto…
All conflicts have an identifiable cause, we must begin there
We believe that more government funding and policy initiatives should be directed toward the prevention of conflict, and less toward the aggressive, reactive,coping strategies that respond to conflict with weapons and new technologies.
A conflict begins and ends in the hearts and minds of people, not in the hilltops. ~ Amos Oz
Youth are a gift
Young people have the ability to bring energy, creativity, and vitality. They should be working for causes, companies and organizations with missions that they are passionate about – a jaded young person is like a gun with no ammo.
We all deserve to wake up feeling like we are fighting for something bigger than ourselves.
Age considers; youth ventures. ~ Rabindranath Tagore
Universal resources should remain universal
Disputes throughout history can be traced to the unfair distribution of essential resources. Despite constraints on capitalist markets, people throughout the world should have equal access to clean air, potable water, nutrient-rich food and sustainable sources of energy. No one people are more deserving than another of the earth’s gifts.
Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal. ~ John F. Kennedy
Religious tolerance is essential to bringing about peace
It is human nature to seek connection to a universal truth. It is through these journeys for healing that people of every religious and spiritual practice must unite. The shared pursuit for deeper meaning should not be the basis for hatred and judgment of others.
Religious tolerance is something we should all practice; however, there have been more persecution and atrocities committed in the name of religion and religious freedom than anything else. ~ Walter Koenig
Ignorance is the enemy
In a world were our ideas are controlled by mass media, it easy to be tricked into thinking we are doing the “right” thing, despite feeling empty.
When people don’t understand that the government doesn’t have their interests in mind, they’re more susceptible to go to war. ~ Howard Zinn
This is our story
We all have a story, a collection of experiences that spurs our passion, and if we want a world with no need for foreign aid, guns, or war…then we must write that story.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. ~ Maya Angelou