About the Author
Mary Anneeta Mann was born in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia. Her father was an original Anzac, having fought on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. He was severely injured in Flanders Field in 1916 and 1917 but stayed in the service until the end of the war. His children however had to become self supporting early and Mary’s formal education ended after two years of High School. She was working at sixteen and secured the rest of her high school through evening classes and correspondence.
She married a new Australian, a young man born in Poland who became stateless after he escaped both Russians and Germans when Poland was divided after the Second World War. He waited five years for a visa to America and the young couple came to Berkeley in 1954. Mary attended poetry classes, meetings and readings in Berkeley and San Francisco in the 1950s while her husband was at the University of California at Berkeley but they returned to Australia in 1961 where she got her B.A. degree from Sydney University. Mary returned alone to the United States in 1966. The Civil Rights Movement was in full swing on the Berkeley campus, as well as the Women’s Movement and palpable opposition to the Vietnam War. She secured her M.A.. Degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1970, having written the play Anzac in 1968. It was primarily blank verse after her total immersion in Shakespeare at the university Civil Rights and the Women’s Movement had ushered in a new age of awareness.
Mary worked at the Pacifica Foundation for seven years as its first Controller but came to Los Angeles to secure her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California incorporating assistance with her book on Aristotelian Methodology, HUBRIS, The Construction of Tragedy. Her quest to understand why war was still not ended The Philosophy of Science had to be studied as well as the world’s religions. She co-edited Science and Spirituality with Rev. Leland Stewart and finally in There are no Enemies, a Practical Philosophy of Life as well as the ending of Anzac to Understanding, she found the philosophy and prepared a Diagram.
She was ordained into the Ministry of the Unity- and- Diversity World Fellowship and edited the book Mentoring Poems, Four Centuries of Selected Poetry to be used for educational purposes as well as a volume of her own poetry, Poems of Woman.
In this second edition of There are No Enemies, Mary has begun the philosophical work of bringing Money into harmony with Organic Nature. The meaning of Democracy itself is now under close scrutiny and the potential for peace is threatened more by money than by war.