Can humans ever achieve peace?
Hey there everybody,
I was doing some thinking for the past week or so in light of the current developments in the middle east and I was just curious to get some feedback: Do you think humans are capable of living in peace between one another on a global (or at least significant) level? Please elaborate as much as you care to, I’m curious to hear your ideas!
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@adobb, No we cannot. You cannot have cultural/religious/ethical beliefs & practices as diverse as our race’s and maintain universal peace. It just can’t happen. Beliefs and practices aside altogether, as products of Nature, we are inherently hardwired to fight over resources, food, shelter, etc (just like every other animal!) Given our intellect and use of tools, we have evolved to create many creative and nightmarish ways of conducting those fights.
Embrace conflict as part of a greater balance–a means of controlling the population of a species which has the capability to entirely deplete Earth’s resources singlehandedly–you may just find peace in that!
I think it’s all a question of wether we can learn to tolerate each other – i don’t care what peoples beliefs are – as long as they don’t bother me, and if they do I try to imagine what made them do that, and once I get to the conclusion that there must always be a reason of some kind it get’s easier to forgive them. If everyone had this mindset I couldn’t see how an actual war could come about. Sadly this kind of mindset takes sacrifice of your pride and resources, something a lot of people aren’t too fond of. Right now I can’t really see it. but then again though the world is so intricate the answers are so damn simple!
I’d say it would take too long for that change. I believe that a superior sense of respect and love should be brought to EVERY single human, above other beliefs, like a real big change in the whole society, an unconscious one. But that’s not the way it works…
@adobb, I don’t know if we can ever achieve total, complete peace, but I do think that a lot of violence and crime ultimately has its roots in lack. If everybody had enough stuff to survive, I think a lot of the violence would go away. I mean, there’s probably going to be assholes who are never satisfied always wanting more, and bullies, and just plain crazy people who enjoy hurting others, but then, we’ll just have to get to the roots of those psychological conditions. I saw a video shortly after the Embassy attacks in North Africa this year by the Amazing Atheist on YouTube, something about giving the Middle East an Ipod. Basically he said everyone there is so pissed off because religion is all they have, and they don’t have any other distractions like all the modern stuff we’ve got in the first world. Kind of like how in the inner cities here, there’s not much else for people to do but join gangs, society doesn’t provide a more attractive alternative. So yea, I agree. I’m not saying consumerist culture is the answer at all, I’m just saying if you give people something to do, they’ll probably choose that over violence.
Everyone has one thing in common, a motivator, and end game, something they want to attain. It is all well and good if a people only want the opportunity to earn that themselves, that is only fair, but when you have people who want to bypass all those steps that earn, to believe that something is owed them by right, you have a problem. People deserve an education, you cannot deny them such and expect them to be relatively self-sufficient and a valued contributer to society. Then they deserve the opportunity to put that education to work, to earn what ever it is they want as compensation for their contribution.
But when people do not feel this duty to contribute to a system that freely offers them those deserved tools, that is the issue. But if you are looking at the Middle East, is it because we do not offer these deserved tools, or is it because the regime they are under reject our offer?
As far as the U.S is concerned, I see a country that even denies its own citizens these deserved tools, how can we expect the same system to offer these tools to those who are the focus of cultural resentment? I single out the U.S, but only as example due to significance of strength and interaction, but this is by far not the only guilty party in the world, all nations have their degrees and shares of blame, be it xenophobia or greed.
Do we ever get over the invisible/conceptual borders we draw up? Be it national borders or social borders? This is how we move to peace, but even still, we will always fall short of the absolute, there will always be those who ask too much and there will always be those who do not offer enough.