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How to Achieve World Peace

Updated on January 29, 2014

Ideals are Achievable

Analysis Leads to Discovery

To analyze the reasons why the world never has been at peace for as far back as we know, it's only logical to look at the leaders of countries that have gone to war, especially those who've initiated the wars.

To do so, someone must first rise to a level of power. What is it that makes people rise to that level? For some, it's just luck that places them in that position, but for others there's a driving motivation making them crave power itself.

Not all powerful people are evil. But some have traits that go beyond just wanting to get elected to office. These are the ones who threaten peace because they are driven to the point of using violence to achieve their goals of keeping the power they have and increasing it by obtaining more influence over more and more people.

The desire for too much power is like our other cravings, whether it's an out of control appetite for too much food, or a basic desire for money that reaches the point of obsessive greed. It's only rarely that people fall into these traps, but it's only human to do so at times.

An excessive desire for power is dangerous. But a normal desire is commonplace, such as a parent wanting to control his or her small children so as to give them a sense of responsibility and proper behavior.

Powerful people per se are not the reason world peace hasn't been achieved. But it's those powerful ones who cannot satisfy their need for power, no matter how much they may have already, who are the problem. If such people take control of weapons and soldiers, wars are likely.

If the craving for power goes beyond reason so that harming other people becomes justified in the minds of national leaders, it becomes a question of preserving an ego or personal vanity. It goes beyond normal things in personal life, like disciplining children or managing workers. It becomes a craving for power extending over hundreds of millions of people.

While everyone recognizes that such maniacal behavior is dangerously abnormal, we continue to elect officials just like this sometimes. This is because the candidates for office can cover up their longing for endless power by raising a smokescreen of national pride, convincing us that they are only being patriotic.

Of course a dangerous desire for power extends not only to elected officials. Gang leaders, some idealistic revolutionaries, various other idealists (possibly including even world-peace fanatics), and a few radicals who want to change society, also have this psychological craving to influence the lives of others not by peaceful means, but through terror and violence.

To gain power in the first place, these dangerous men (almost always a man, but some women too) have to blend in with normal people in order to appeal to the majority of their potential followers by seeming to be driven only to achieve high ideals everyone admires.

If this psychological state of being bent on achieving power for the sake of itself really is the beginning of the process that leads into war, then to cure the world of war an education in psychology is needed by citizens generally so that the maniacs can be spotted more easily and kept away from high offices and power over the military.

Although world peace now is, and always has been just an ideal discussed by idealists, the concept of non-violence is commonplace in society's highest values, at least as far as our basic criminal and civil courts are concerned.

Nations are attempting to cooperate through the United Nations, but as the news tells us daily, world peace is far off. Anger and hostility seem to lead naturally into wars. Even highly educated leaders impatiently resort to military actions to resolve difficulties.

Just about everyone seems to think it's natural for human beings sometimes to be violent. Some leaders claim to bring about peace through war. If the war kills all the bad guys, then we can be at peace. Or, if we put democracy and free enterprise in place after we destroy the evil people, then we can have peace. This seems to be the illogical argument.

It may not be necessary to envision one happy human family in order to achieve world peace. All that's needed is weeding out, from the ranks of leaders with access to military power, the ones who have the psychotic craving for power to the extent of being destructive and murderous.

As the world shrinks through technological advances and sharing wisdom, many nations still seek to seclude themselves in order to live in peace. This is not an evil sign. What is more disruptive to peace is the desire to interfere with those peoples who only want to be left alone.

Religions are used to disguise a craving for power and to justify war. This is ironic because deliberate killing obviously is against human morals, whether expressed through religion or the criminal statutes.

But many historians and political analysts have concluded that compared to before, we are better off now in terms of being a little closer to achieving world peace. We are taking steps in that direction.

Psychology remains restricted primarily to personal and individual cases. If it could be applied to politics, the source of the cure for violent aggression between nations may be discovered some day soon.


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