Issues and answers part 13
Written by Lee Sonogan
“What we now want is closer contact and better understanding between individuals and communities all over the earth, and the elimination of egoism and pride which is always prone to plunge the world into primeval barbarism and strife… Peace can only come as a natural consequence of universal enlightenment…”
― Nikola Tesla
Peace and order is a difficult thing to achieve. It is hard to define because we have not had it before that lasted long. As I have mentioned before, in all the years of recorded history, we have only had 200 years of peace. We need to accept a new way to live if we are going to establish peace and order. The following is information on peace and how we should create order that is maintained and accepted in which creating peace.
First of we need to address that we are very far from peace. After 2,000 years of trying, it is time to realize that pacifism has no chance of attaining the popular appeal that is necessary to make it effective in preventing wars and achieving peace. It is imperative for world peace that the people not accept the orders is orders concept in their role as citizens. It has taken centuries to get rid of the “divine right of kings” concept, now we need to get rid of the divine right of governments.
There are many types of thinking that leads to war and other issues. It used to be ours, so we have a right to take it back by force. They did it to us. I don’t want to be governed by foreigners. Blaming a whole nation for the acts of individuals. Extreme nationalism. The passion for revenge. Confrontational diplomacy. Callous Concern for Mass Murder. Degrading the value of human lives of those far away. Going to war or continuing a war for honor, or to avenge an insult. Seeking a balance of power in each region. And putting faith in arms.
We, the whole population, need to understand ourselves in order to arrive at beneficial conclusions regarding war and all the related issues that lead us to wars. All of us need to know that we are driven by our inner emotions, and these emotions can be misleading and even destructive. We need to recognize that we have built-in, gene driven feelings and early training feelings that to a large extent determine our personalities and our mental decisions on courses of action. In all of life, one needs to learn to control one’s impulses and instinctive emotions.
One of the main ideological causes of peace is individualism: the idea that each individual’s life belongs to him; that he has a moral right to think and act as he sees fit, regardless of what others think or feel about his thoughts or actions, so long as he does not violate the same rights of others; and that no one, including groups and governments, has a moral right to force him to act against his judgment.If the people of a given society sufficiently recognize individuals as potential beings, each with a right to live his life in accordance with his judgment, they have no need for war and won’t permit it unless they are attacked or threatened. Why initiate war against individuals in a foreign land when you can instead trade values with them, visit their country, enjoy their culture, invite them to visit and enjoy yours, and engage in countless other mutually beneficial ways with them?
When we add up all these points, we find that there is a lot of information that needs to be taught to the public that is not now widely accepted or understood. There is a lack of information in the public’s mind about what is driving his or her feelings and influencing their decisions on the war/peace issues. Understanding our personal makeup is valuable for reaching objective solutions to our problems so that we can resolve them peacefully.
The most fundamental psychological cause of peace is honesty. The refusal to pretend that facts are other than they are.For example, when an enemy of America quotes his religious scripture to the effect that his God commands him to convert or kill unbelievers, when that same enemy founds a nation with a constitution stating that it intends to make everyone on the planet submit to his God. When that same enemy issues textbooks to its grade-school students teaching them that to be noble they must engage in jihad and kill infidels. When that same enemy materially and spiritually sponsors terrorist groups that murder many thousands of people in the name of this godly mission. When that same enemy pursues nuclear weapons while chanting ‘Death to America’ and on and on. Honesty requires that people and their leaders acknowledge this enemy as an enemy that must be eliminated unequivocally and immediately.
The most fundamental philosophic cause of peace is rationality: acceptance of the fact that man’s only means of knowledge and proper guide to action is reason, the faculty that operates via observable evidence and logical inference therefrom. When people acknowledge that reason is man’s only means of knowledge, they have no need of coercion unless they are attacked; they can and will deal with people exclusively by means of persuasion. When rational people disagree about a given issue, they simply present evidence in support of their respective views and see whose position makes more sense.
We need to establish the correct thinking that will prevent wars and create order. For example, reject ‘We used to own it'” as acceptable reason to regain control by force. When a criminal act occurs, the correct goal is to capture and try in court the individuals who did it, not to seek revenge by killing others of the same race, religion or nationality. Reject revenge and hatred. Give equal value to the lives of everyone in the world. Wars are caused by the 2% who are homicidal and the 8% who encourage them. Citizens need to be active to prevent wars. We cannot be silent when massacres occur in other nations. Widespread honesty is essential for good government. Morality is the basis of all laws. True culture comes not from fine art, music, gowns and palaces. Culture comes from having the right set of moral rules as the foundation of society, adhering to them and promoting them, so that wars can be avoided.
“Kids are never the problem. They are born scientists. The problem is always the adults. They beat the curiosity out of kids. They outnumber kids. They vote. They wield resources. That’s why my public focus is primarily adults.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson
Education is also one of the best tools to make change. It is our children who will inherit the future. With the proper information and nurturing, they will understand that Earth is a fantastic place capable of providing more than enough for the needs of everyone. The more intelligent our children, the better our lives and the richer our culture will be. Students will be made aware of the symbiotic relationships between people, technology, and the environment; they will have a better understanding of the evolution of cultures and the application of advanced technology to this new social design.
Students will study the interrelationship of life, rather than discrete and unconnected subject matter. The focus will be on the interrelationships of humans with Earth and with each other. Early education will emphasize understanding and cooperation.
Each contribution motivates and encourages others. Ideas grow and expand like crystals into varied and complex patterns. With a better realization of our interdependence on one another, self-centeredness gradually disappears. Patriotism and national pride, which tend to obscure the contributions of other nations, would no longer be relevant to a new emerging culture.
“Belief is not subject to the will. Men think as they must. Children do not, and cannot, believe exactly as they were taught. They are not exactly like their parents. They differ in temperament, in experience, in capacity, in surroundings. And so there is a continual, though almost imperceptible change. There is development, conscious and unconscious growth, and by comparing long periods of time we find that the old has been almost abandoned, almost lost in the new.”
― Robert G. Ingersoll, Superstition and Other Essays
The contributions of all nations made our standard of living possible and enriched our lives. But we still are only at the threshold of the future. Students would learn that no single nation has all of the answers nor an answer for all situations. Society is in a constant process of change. Students would understand that there are no final frontiers. They would also realize that each phase of society will evolve a set of values appropriate to that time. All values, including science, must be utilized as the best tools available at the time. With the advent of additional information and more sophisticated tools, our notions about the nature of the world could be constantly updated.
Both children and adults can learn to outgrow the self-centeredness that dominates the behaviour of many today. A new form of education could make abundantly clear that our likes and dislikes are based upon our present culture, and that our visions of the future are always culture-bound.
Overall we need to work towards a global ethic. We all have a responsibility for a better global order. Our involvement for the sake of human rights, freedom, justice, peace, and the preservation of the Earth is absolutely necessary. We should not consider ourselves better than other women and men. No one has the right physically or psychologically to torture, injure, much less kill, any other human being. No people, no state, no race, no religion has the right to hate. Commit to a life of truthfulness. There will be no better global order without a global ethic.
Faith and trust in attempting new methods should be more excepted. We can not continue thinking that a lot of people out there are animals or scum. For to obtain peace and order continuous you will have to believe in your species. Only in a collective effort and specific values that we should uphold then peace can have a chance. To make sure that order and peace will be maintained, we will have to think more creatively. The topic of the next part.
“We have learned that we cannot live alone, at peace; that our own well-being is dependent on the well-being of nations far away. We have learned that we must live as men, and not as ostriches nor as dogs in the manger. We have learned to be citizens of the world, members of the human community.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt