Can we stop violence?

  1. Seckin Esen profile image88
    Seckin Esenposted 3 years ago

    Do you think that we can stop violence and wars in the world one day in the future? Or is it impossible to achieve this aim?

    1. wilderness profile image96
      wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Sure!  All you have to do is lobotomize every infant at the age of 6 months.

      Mankind spent millions of years evolving into the violent, meat eating animal it is now and saying "you play nice, now" isn't going to undo that.

    2. Don W profile image82
      Don Wposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Both violence and war are manifestations of a human biological imperative: the need to compete. That imperative is the result of a process of natural selection acting on human beings over time, within an environment where resources are finite.

      Removal of that imperative would require a change in the environment human beings develop in. An environment with infinite resources would eliminate the survival value associated with the need to compete, rendering it (in evolutionary terms) invisible to the process of natural selection. Its manifestations (violence and war) would then also become obsolete.

      As human beings have reached a level of complexity and intelligence sufficient for self awareness, natural selection is no longer the only factor affecting human behaviour. So this process would probably be speeded up through the various social mechanisms associated with 'civilisation'.   

      An infinite, sustainable energy source is the first step along the road to changing our environment to the type where the need to compete for resources is obsolete. I doubt this would eliminate all violence, as other factors such as mental illness etc.  affect human behaviour too. Progress in psychology, medicine, neuroscience and other disciplines would also need to be made in order to further reduce violence from human life. Can violence and war (which is really just violence on an industrial scale) be eradicated entirely? Not sure. But I think at some point in the future it will be massively reduced.

      (of course that's all IMHO)