Is peace possible or just another utopian vision?
January 27, 2007 2:04am CST
We learned from history that man never learned from it. We are always on the brink of war. Can we really put an end to this? If yes, what, then, should be sacrificed? Do you believe in collective security? Would one state's security spell another state's insecurity? What forces should be considered in this issue? Governments? Religions?
• Dallas, Texas
27 Jan 07
Thats a good one. I think it is impossible to have peace without war or war without peace - one can not survive without the other. there has to be some kind of balance. When you speak of Collective security - do you mean what Woodro Wilson was down with when he was president? A system of international peace - Boy would that be nice! I think in order for that to happen we would have to have demystify most people in the world. We do not really know about one another - except what the media shows us - therefore we feel that we are very different. I think racism has a lot to do with people not understanding others culturs, beliefs, etc... therefore we ridacule and belittle others who do not think the same way we do. But if we were taught a true history about all cultures I think we would find that we are much more alike than we are different! They say the next evolution of the mind will be when we realize we are all praising the same God. But in any case, I believe if we understood each other than that would be a big step twards international peace. I am not sure that we will ever all get along or think the same ways - which I do not think was God's intent. I just wish we could all have a common goal and everyone acheives there part on making that common goal work. Like a pizza - everything within the circle has a different identity but the common goal is where all the peices meet in the middle. A balance! But thats just my opinion.
27 Jan 07
I appreciate your insights, shakadoodoo. it really is a hard issue and it would take decades or even another millenium to resolve it or aggravate the current situation. the problem with achieving a common goal rests on the problem of having bipolar ideologies. i concur that it would be impossibl for us to think along the same lines. but suspending our judgments and realizing that we all share a common humanity would help us achieve it. but the problem is, only a few would think of themselves as citizens of the world. many would still claim their religious and racial heritage as a main force in shaping their identity and future.
27 Jan 07
peace is possible, history might get repeated, but still, humans are on it's way and progress to learn and reach their ultimate goals. Humanity and nature forces are the most reasonable things that i can imagine, do you still remember that great tsunami that devastated many country in south asia ? can you still remembered the world reaction because of that ? United nations is one of the big step that people ever made to regain peace, ever since there's united nations, there's no such thing as world war III.
27 Jan 07
thanks. I actually believe in the potentials of the united nations in thwarting another war but my real concern is that there is a need for reforming the United Nations. the problem is structural. the superpowers comprising the permanent seats in the Security council have not done a good job at all. any one of them can use their veto power to stop a good resolution. a lot of them really were not implemented. there were substantial change in some conflict zones but a lot was left in shambles. how can the un stop a state's decision to go to war... a unilateral action undermined the potential of the UN. the line "the UN has failed" must actually read "the Member States of the Un has failed"