World Peace

@lauriefnp (5112)
United States
December 20, 2006 1:26pm CST
What do you think would be the best approach to ending the hatred and discrimination that exists in the world? Personally, I think that we're beating our heads against the wall trying to change some of these lunatics and bigots who are so set in their ways. The solution has to be to somehow reach the children while they are young, and instill open-mindedness in them. Children are, after all, our future. I don't think that any of us here today will actually see the hatred end, but if we all start with our little corners of the world, could "we" possibly outnumber "them"????
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14 responses
• Canada
21 Dec 06
Honestly? You'd have to change everyone's way of thinking. There are too many close-minded people in this world. If everyone just opened up their mind to the possibilities that exist in this world, it would be truly amazing. I find all too many people are racist or bigots, homophobes or heterohaters (sorry, I don't know the term, if there is one), one-sided or two-faced... well you get my point. I wouldn't call for an "Everyone love each other" approach because it will never work... but we can always respect one another. I think that when that happens things will start to change for the better. I don't think it's one single thing that needs to be changed, there are thousands if not millions of things that need to happen before world peace exists. It sounds geeky, but I long for the day a Star Trek-like utopia exists. Where we work to better ourselves and everyone has the same rights - no money, nothing major to fight over.
@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
21 Dec 06
Thanks for the great response! There are a lot of haters in this world who will never change, and it's a shame that haters are breeding haters. The children will never know peace in any form, because hate, racism, and bigotry will be instilled in them from childhood. I'm with you about not expecting, or even desiring, an "Everybody Loves Everybody Else" type of world; besides the fact that it will never happen (that's my pessimism coming out, I'm afraid), differences and diversities are part of what makes people and life interesting. Along with diversity comes a varying scale of "like" and "dislike". I don't feel that I have to like or agree with everybody else, but I am open-minded enough to accept the differences and accept that every human being deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. I have had thoughts that perhaps the AIDS pandemic worldwide would help to bring everyone together, looking for a way to effectively contain it. But it seems that that issue is just another thing for everybody to get political about and fight over. Your Star Trek Utopia is sounding better and better!
@RealIolo (1854)
• United States
21 Dec 06
I wonder who added the new age satanist tag to this discussion?
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@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
21 Dec 06
I hadn't noticed it! LOL I wish they would explain that one!!
@RealIolo (1854)
• United States
21 Dec 06
It sure would be nice if we could achieve this but alas if what I was told growing up we probably will not. Instead things will just get worse until Jesus comes again. But maybe we can put it into remission for awhile before the end comes. So it is a good thing to try!
• Canada
21 Dec 06
If you believe in the second coming, anyway. Me, personally, I'm not a believer of that. I believe in God, but not that. I think things can get better but before they do, they'll get worse. Which, of course, is unfortunate.
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@gaboy_ska (296)
• Philippines
26 Dec 06
I really look forward for world peace. But it is really difficult to achieve total world peace. We have boundaries and we classify ourselves as superior over the other. Each principles in life are all contradicting; Communism against Capitalism, realigion against another religion, classifying an under developed country, developing country and developed country. I can't help thinking when this will really happen. Changing ideologies of each person in this world and making it the same with the other is really a very promising thing to do to acieve world peace.
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@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
26 Dec 06
Thanks for the great response! The more that I learn about different countries, governments, cultures, people, and religions, the more that I tend to feel the same way as you do; it seems as if achieving world peace is an insurmountable goal. All people in the world will never have all of the same beliefs, religions, or cultural traditions- that is a simple fact. And no one group should feel that they have the right to force their beliefs on everybody else. Diversity is what makes the people of the world so interesting. Given this, I have to also wonder if it possible for everyone to live in harmony, being tolerant of and accepting that all have rights to their own beliefs, as long as they are not imposed on others...These are wonderful goals, and they are an ideal to strive for. It all starts with each single person of the world. Each one of us who is open-minded and tolerant of others, or who actively try to learn about other people and their belief systems and cultures gets us one tiny step closer to the goal.
@sunita64 (6473)
• India
23 Dec 06
First we have to wipe hatred and discrimination from our heart then only we can try to save the world.
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@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
25 Dec 06
I agree- each one of us has to start with ourselves, and build from there, teaching our children and grandchildren to be open-minded and tolerant of all diversity and to be intolerant to hatred and discrimination. This would be the only way to stop the world's violence. This and eliminating the GREED of so many people, also.
@cliffcliff (1350)
• United States
23 Dec 06
actually children beat-up on each other all the time, as a matter of fact they have to be taught to be nice, they are not "naturally" nice to each other to begin with. we cant start with them, really. and really, war is not based on discrimination and hatred, sometimes it is based on the fact you have something that someone else wants... and you need to protect yourself against them, I dont reccommend world peace b/c you are going to lose in the end. I reccommend a strong military and police.
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@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
23 Dec 06
Hmmmm.... A lot to think about. Children do have to be taught to share and to "play nice in the sandbox", you're right about that. But they are teachable. With the right discipline and parenting, maybe more of them would grow up to be open-minded and more creative with problem solving than those who feel that violence is the only way to get what you want or what you feel is yours. I agree that war is sometimes over reasons other than hatred and discrimination. But the attack on Afghanistan was actually initiated to stop the violence of a group of people who felt that they could impose their beliefs and causes on the U.S. through the use of terror; this group is a group of terrorists who hate anyone who is not of the same beliefs that they are. The war in Iraq I won't even get into here- I don't want to open up that can of worms. I can't say that I agree with the war, but I think that in principle the President had the safety of the American people and the world in mind; it was his methods that I disagree with.
@gotcho0O (1258)
• United States
22 Dec 06
If only there's someone who will be given the power to just make a zap to each of the person who dont deserve to live here in this world I think world peace is possible. That person ofcourse should be someone who is perfect. Dont need to kill those bad peeps but just zap it with the finger and thats it, done. "zap!" Get me? Let the impossible start with each of everyone's self first that will lead to possible.
@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
23 Dec 06
Good thoughts! We could just have the perfect person zap some sense into the idiots of the world!! Until that time, you're right- we have to start with ourselves and pray that it is contagious...
• India
22 Dec 06
i think we should be change our mind and do practice to be good thats it
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@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
23 Dec 06
Thank you. I see that you are from India. What kinds of discrimination are common in India? Is it directed toward race, other countries, religion, sexuality??
@caramello (4381)
• Australia
21 Dec 06
I don't see any change in the future as to having world peace, it would be the greatest achievement the world could ever make, but with so much anger and hate around it would be a miracle.
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@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
23 Dec 06
Thanks for the response. I just told another poster that I feel the same way; it's hard to imagine that there won't be some group of hateful people who want to stir things up. But if the majority of the world would come to some kind of peace, then the smaller groups of rebels could be better contained.
@cikedo (3487)
• United States
21 Dec 06
I don't believe complete world peace is possible. There will always be one person or one country trying to be better than the rest.
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@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
23 Dec 06
I tend to agree with you, but if the haters can be kept to a minimum it would even be a great improvement.
@mansha (6301)
• India
21 Dec 06
Well I feel process has already started now. With advent of Internet world has become a very small place. Like here on my lot we have so many people from so many different backgrounds and countries. we are crossing boundaries and we are making friends across nations. we have started talking to each other and are trying to find common interests, concerns and we are learning about eachothers cultures. I saw a recent post enquiring about bush fires in melbourne and asking if my lot people are safe? thats the kind of concern we share here. Let this grow on you and I feel we wil fget rid of all hatred and discrimination very soon.
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@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
23 Dec 06
Thanks for the response- these are great points! Too bad that we can't get some of the world's leaders and the religious zealots in here to play nice in the sandbox and get to know all of us!! But you're right, it has to start out on a small scale, and the Internet is certainly helping to bridge the gap between cultures. I find it amazing to learn about different cultures and about how people in other parts of the world live. This place makes you realize that we are all different, but we're all the same...
@abaskamal (149)
• Malaysia
21 Dec 06
I have an idea. People of all nations should get together & find aliens to fight with instead of each other. I will teach my children the above value.
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@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
22 Dec 06
I have to give you a few ++ for making me laugh! I needed a break from the nonsense of today! I think I'll start teaching my little Goddaughter the same thing!
@jen20619 (1302)
• Ireland
21 Dec 06
i believe in world peace
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@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
22 Dec 06
I pray for world peace, but I don't know if it is a realistic goal. What do you think?
• Pakistan
21 Dec 06
well best way is to just give basic rights to all and no one will gonna hate anyone
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@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
21 Dec 06
That is a great thought, but don't you think that there will still be hatred in the world? Look at some of the radical terrorist groups who hate just for the sake of hating, or because a group has different beliefs or religions than they do. These groups have basic rights, and they continue to hate; they have the freedom to practice their religion and express their beliefs in the world, so why do they feel that they can take away other's rights by killing and violence?
@kromanti (14)
• Canada
21 Dec 06
no i think we are heading to an age where we worship the concept of evil and although it might seem peaceful at times we will never really feel peace if you know what i mean
@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
22 Dec 06
I can understand why you would say that; I just pray that there are enough peaceful, loving, open-minded people in the world to counteract the evil. The world would be a horrible place if evil and hatred were universally accepted as "normal".