World peace seems nice in theory. It seems it would be an instant and perpetual solution to all of our global issues. However, is it a misguided goal? Or is it something we should strive for?
“The measure of a superhero is always his nemesis.”
There is no true malice in the world that is causing all these problems, as stories would depict.
This means that these issues are a direct cause of human nature, something we can’t as easily control without losing what it means to be human.
Does evil really exist in the world?
The Fault in Our Flaws
We seek a feeling of “belonging”, to fit in and be considered normal. It gives a sense of security. It gives you a sense of validation of our flaws and differences.
In some dystopian fictions I’ve read, these peaceful communities had a sense of monotony. That nothing is different and all are equal. But it is not equality, just uniformity. The Giver by Lois Lowry explores many introspective ideas about how emotions characterize us and the necessity of wisdom.
Frankly, their community-a facade of perfection-seems quite mundane.
Our flaws are what define us. The give us depth and knowledge, and the capacity to grow.
These experiences are what gives us the intensity of emotion and variety in our life. We all need a little excitement, don’t we?
So while these differences may be what causes conflict, controversy, and inequality to occur, they are also what makes us human.
“I call upon the scientific community in our country, those who gave us nuclear weapons, to turn their great talents now to the cause of mankind and world peace: to give us the means of rendering these nuclear weapons impotent and obsolete.”
“If it came to a magic genie, I would ask him for two extra wishes. One would be that no one would have to live with the muscular dystrophy disease or any disease. And the second one would be world peace, that we just stop fighting, talk about things, and we could live in harmony once again.”
“The World Trade Center is a living symbol of man’s dedication to world peace… a representation of man’s belief in humanity, his need for individual dignity, his beliefs in the cooperation of men, and, through cooperation, his ability to find greatness.”
Do you think world peace is a goal we can accomplish? What must change in order for us to do so?