New Humanist

Mario Luis Rodriguez Cobos (Silo)

(1938 – 2010)

“Love the reality that you built and not even death will stop your flight”.

Rodriguez Cobos was an Argentinean writer and thinker, founder of the Universalist Humanism and Honorius doctor by the Science Academy of Russia.

The initial attempts to publish his ideas were stopped by the cruel military regime in Argentina during the 1960s. Silo was arrested and detained several times for his speeches and organized talks. In May 4, 1969 Silo was allowed to give a public speech in Punta de Vacas next to the Aconcagua Mountain (Argentina). Between military vehicles and machine guns he gave his first public speech called “The Healing of Suffering.”

Repression and media silence did not stop the spread of Silo’s thoughts from Latin America to the rest of the world.
Silo’s proposals are not directed only to one culture but to the entire planet, where people of all latitudes suffer violence exerted by minority rule. Silo explained publicly his ideas in different encounters and conferences throughtout different countries and continents.

Silo presented his analysis and proposals with clarity. Currently, there is an absence of perspectives for the future:
“Every human being has the right to ask herself about the purpose of life, love, friendship, and everything that creates poetry and magnanimity of the human condition; whereas a stupid, small materialist culture tries to denigrate us towards the anti-values of disintegration”.

“In this unfortunate world where the force of injustice is strong throughout the country and cities, how do we think we’re going to end violence? They probably think they’re an inspiring example for future generations when they’re surrounded by video games and rant and rave about the world; when they exhibit the worst example of bullying; when they send their young kids to invade, kill, and die in a foreign land. This is not a good path or example.

…Meanwhile those that don’t listen to this work in all parts of the world to pressure those in power, to spread peace using the methodology of non-violence, to prepare the path of the new times”.

Silo’s work has been translated in numerous languages, and his subjects vary: philosophy, psychology, history, mythology, sociology etc. He mainly promotes the healing of suffering and argues for non-violence as the only method to accomplish this.

“Our moral is base on the principle that you should treat others the way you want to be treated”.

Silo stresses that there is physical violence and there are also other forms of violence such as economic, racial, religious, sexual violence and more. It is violence that subjugates the intention and human freedom. Violence is correlated with discrimination.
He understands non-violence as a system of moral concepts that denies violence; such as the movements headed by Mahatma Gandhi, M. L. King and the activity of famous dissidents against totalitarianism.

People often mistake pacifism and non-violence as the same thing, when in reality pacifism is not a method of action, or a lifestyle but a constant denouncement against armaments.

Active Non-violence consists of the systematic denunciation of all forms of violence that are perpetuated by the system, and it’s also a tactic of struggle applied to situations that condone or perpetuate forms of discrimination.

By the end of his life, Silo wrote “Silo’s Message” and favored the construction of parks for study and reflection around the world.
His last public presentation was given on November 11 of 2009, at the tenth World Summit of the Noble Peace Prize celebrated in Berlin, with the title: The meaning of peace and non-violence in the actual moment: The World March.

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