Relations with Young and Old for Equal Dignity (RYOED)

HumanDHS is primarily grounded in academic work. We are independent of any religious or political agenda. However, we wish to bring academic work into "real life." Our research focuses on topics such as dignity (with humiliation as its violation), or, more precisely, on respect for equal dignity for all human beings in the world. This is not only our research topic, but also our core value, in line with Article 1 of the Human Rights Declaration that states that every human being is born with equal dignity (that ought not be humiliated). We agree with Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, who advocates the building of bridges from academia as follows, "I have always believed that good scholarship can be relevant and consequential for public policy. It is possible to affect public policy without being an advocate; to be passionate about peace without losing analytical rigor; to be moved by what is just while conceding that no one has a monopoly on justice." We would like to add that we believe that good scholarship can be relevant and consequential not only for public policy, but for raising awareness in general.

Relationships between generations, particularly between the young and the old, are core parameters for any society to show where it stands with respect to dignity. These are spheres where humiliating indignities may be perpetrated - this is the worst case - or society can open up for the creativity from children, adults, and people of age, who all can bring valuable contributions to social life if treated with dignity.

We look for interested people, who would like to develop our RYOED page. Please see our Call for Creativity.

Please see here our site on child soldiers.

Dr. David A. Hamburg

Please see Learning to Live Together: Preventing Hatred and Violence in Child and Adolescent Development, authored by David A. Hamburg and his wife Beatrix A. Hamburg (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004).


Please note that the entire HumanDHS website is maintained by volunteers, since its inception in 2003, and this is mainly done by Evelin Lindner. Until 2012, she usually pasted interesting news into this Links section. From July 2012 until 2017, she tagged interesting information on From 2017 onward, you see Evelin's personal list of interesting web links on Twitter:

Complete Retirement 'Bad for You'
Giving up work completely on retirement could be bad for your health, US research suggests. The study of 12,189 people found retirees who take on temporary or part-time work have fewer major diseases, and function better day to day. The findings were significant even after considering people's physical and mental health before retirement. The University of Maryland study appears in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. The researchers examined data on 12,189 people, who were aged 51-61 at the beginning of the study. “ All the evidence suggests that if your mental wellbeing is depleted it will affect you physically ”...
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Towards a Multi-Age Society: The Cultural Dimensions of Age Policies
The MOST Secretariat is pleased to invite you to attend the conference "Towards a multi-age society: The cultural dimensions of age policies" which the MOST (Management of Social Transformations) Programme will organize in co-operation with the European Economic and Social Committee, EUNIC and AGE, from 29 to 30 November 2006, in the European Economic and Social Committee, Brussels, Belgium.

Aysegül Acar-Dreyer (2005)
Montessori Work Helps Elderly with Dementia: Montessori principles can help us achieve our potential at the beginning and towards the end of our life journey.
Information compiled by Ayşegül Acar-Dreyer –

Peace from Harmony
Please see what Leo Semashko (Director of Peace from Harmony, on behalf of 78 its co-authors) writes about Children’s Suffrage Executed by Parents and Guardians
and see also International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World.