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Global Peace -Is World Peace Possible And War Avoidable? Look At Identity And Survival

Updated on March 6, 2017

Is World Peace Possible?

We have all wondered the question of whether world peace can truly come to be. To truly understand peace, we must come to understand what war is. We must come to understand the nature of chaos. There is a law in science called the second law of thermodynamics that states that a system naturally tends toward disorder or chaos. Thus we must understand this apparent natural state to properly understand how, or if, we can obtain order and world peace.

Chaos and Survival

Inexorably and extensively intermingled into the fibre of any organism is its will to survive. At some point in our lives, most of us will go through the phase of feeling life is not worth the living. Feeling massively upset and incomplete, filled with despair or grief, going so far as to even curse the rising of the sun, which some see as a symbol of hope. And yet, most of us don't commit suicide but rather, in our darkest moments, somehow still have the drive, however little, to keep living. To remove ourselves from our bed, to give sustenance to our bodies, interact with others to some degree, complete some task to some amount and get through the day. To get through the day, with the full knowledge that, tomorrow, we will do it all over again, no matter how unfulfilling.Even without the involvement of our conscious minds, we breathe, react to dangers, crave food and water. So to increase our chance of survival, animals from groups.


Groups and Survival

The resources of the group become the resources of the individual. It is not a simple an increase in a number of resources but also an increase in diversity of resources. It is better to have moderate amounts of food and water than simply lots of water. The will to survive extends and to the group to which am individual may belong. The underlying mantra of any group is the survival of the group means the survival of group members. Most importantly, the identity of the group becomes the identity of the individual. What happens now, when one group comes in contact with another. Either the groups shall learn to coexist and form inter-group bonds, thereby forming a larger group, such as races within a plural society. Their identities may eventually merge or mix to some degree.

On the other hand, groups may not learn to coexist and develop hateful sentiments toward each other. In this case, individuals would identify members of the other group and something different from themselves, of having a different identity. It is right here where the failing in humanity's nature occurs, here is where we begin to lose the ability identity with people we do not know, to identify with people who are distant from us in terms of identity.

Chaos and Groups in History

We have seen it before many times in history, most notably: The African Slave Trade in the Americas, the Crusades, the American Civil War, the Napoleonic Wars and most significantly, the rise of Nazi Germany. An identity is meant to define who you are, or what you represent, at the very least. If I cannot identify with you, you are thus different from me. When the Europeans subjugated the Africans to slaves they spread propaganda about the slaves being little more than animals and more similar to monkeys. In the American Civil War, the north held a difference of ideals about freedom and state liberties. World War 2 was fought as held Adolf Hitler idealised that the Aryan race was superior to all others as well as the German people needed more land that they should deservingly take from others, and thus ran a campaign to destruction and chaos. Each event follows this trend, the common theme here to these conflicts being identity. In each and every one of these events, there is a clear separation of identity. The difference in identity is the necessary ingredient for conflict, for animosity, for chaos. One may say that groups or individuals with similar identities will very rarely into conflict. It is quite unlikely that one will come into conflict with another if both persons have the same ideals. Just as shared experiences and possessions bring us together, a difference in them will drive us apart.

The Possibility of World Peace

The answer to global peace lies in identity. So long as there is a difference in identity, the world will likely see a conflict. However, there may come a time where, likely due to globalisation, the identities of the world may merge and become so similar that there would be too much similarity to allow for any disparity to create conflict. As race, culture and even political systems gradually merge toward a single common one, we may one day see world peace.

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      Setank Setunk 

      16 months ago

      Behavior modification works on groups and individuals. People can be conditioned to behave or misbehave. Reason however cannot be taught. Reason is something we develop on our own through experience, knowledge and empathy. For many people today the world is a flood of audio and visual stimulation devoid of full sensory, objective experience. Information, mostly abstract data, has replaced knowledge, and Social Justice is the cry of those who lack true empathy.

      I like your article and was hoping we could draw more comments.

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      ninjaapple 

      16 months ago

      I stand by my belief that a every coin has two sides. As much as one has the ability to destroy, one also has the ability to create just as much. Man does not truly comprehend that his own desires will lead to his own destruction. Thus the knowledge must be sought and utilised.

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      Setank Setunk 

      16 months ago

      I believe empathy is the only redeeming trait humans posses. . Every other instinct drives man to consume the very world he needs to survive. War and Peace are by-lines.

    • ninjaapple profile imageAUTHOR

      ninjaapple 

      16 months ago

      @Setank

      Perhaps. Perhaps war is the natural state, but this does not mean belligerence is the only state. Information with purpose grants knowledge. Knowledge gives rise to power. Power brings control. Thus we must seek information, want we must know our purpose.

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      Setank Setunk 

      16 months ago

      Peace is a confluence of ineptitude and indolence. War is man exalted. Amid the debauchery, excess and rapine, through the slaughter and devastation man is simply at his/her best.

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