Ramana asks us this week - Is Global Peace Possible?
When I was in college in 1971 and 1972 I stumbled into a course that introduced me to a fellow named David Mitrany and his work A Working Peace System. Essentially, the functionalist approach Mitrany espoused centered around the notion that peace is more than simply the absence of war. Nations could lessen antagonisms by cooperating on common issues such as economics and technology through small. lean international agencies.Once working relations were established between nations the benefit would be obvious, tensions lowered and this working peace system would evolve. It all made so much sense to me back then. Unfortunately, life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.
After 40 years of life - literally a lifetime of experiences - I am continuously amazed by the potential for humanity. I am not, however, prepared to be as optimistic about something as important as Global Peace. Simply put, there's not a chance in hell of it happening. Why?
Religion is great for some people - necessary even, But how many religions profess to be the one true religion?? How many claim it's their way or the highway - that highway usually leading straight to some version of hell. Muslim extremists hijack the faith and we deal with terrorism. So-called Christian extremists hijack the faith. Look at the history of Northern Ireland. Religion and politics simply do not mix. And any fundamentalist that claims to know the only true way to anything is simply not constructed to live in peace. Just 2 short, quick examples. There are many others.
Remember the Green Revolution? Currently 850 million or more people are starving worldwide - why? Since the Green Revolution enough food has been produced to feed those people but...for some reason we cannot seem to adequately or properly distribute something as necessary for survival as food. Too many people are lining their pockets along the way and the food simply doesn't get where it is needed. I am embarrassed that a country as wealthy as ours still has starving people. If we cannot distribute food here how can it be done internationally?
The capitalist says only the markets can produce a thriving economy. The progressive says the capitalist exploits the worker in the name of profit. The counter person at your neighborhood fast food emporium claims they cannot earn a living wage - we need to double the minimum wage. The owner says he/she'll have to close their doors. Truth is they'll just raise prices and that counter person has lost sight of the fact that the job was never meant to support a family.. Rational thought has left the building.
IMO religion and greed are at the heart of nearly every conflict in history. Nothing happening now makes me think anything is changing. Emerging nations want the same rights and privileges claimed by countries like the U.S.A, Canada, Germany - we have nuclear weapons, it is therefor every nation's right to have them. If the supposedly most rational, compassionate nation on the planet has used them what is to prevent the most irrational nations from using them?
The deck is stacked against global peace. With a bit of luck, all out global conflict won't happen but I suspect there is a generation or two faced with the prospect of terrorist attacks and small regional conflicts - the pressure reducers that will keep global conflict at bay.
That's what I think - in a randomly thought out scatter-brained approach. What do I want?
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