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PEACE ON EARTH: WILL IT EVER BE ACHIEVED? WHAT CAN WE AS INDIVIDUALS DO TO MAKE 'PEACE ON EARTH' A REALITY?

ANGEL 2011/11/23 16:12:33
Peace on earth. What a beautiful concept. While obviously an ideal, and probably one that I will not see in my lifetime, I still hold on to the dream that "peace on earth" will one day be achieved.

I believe that moving towards that goal, begins with the individual. There are things that we can do, changes in attitude, embracing concepts such as "diversity" and "religious tolerance" that can bring us closer to that goal.

What can YOU do, as an individual, to bring us a step closer to achieving "PEACE ON EARTH"?




NOTE: This is not a poll regarding Scientology or any religion. Please keep your responses to the topic at hand. Thanks. Angel









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  • Dean Fox 2011/11/25 10:44:21
    Dean Fox
    Short answer to can peace on Earth be achieved. No but it's a great goal if you want to get loads of people to give you money.

    Individuals should be more tolerant but then most are. Intolerance doesn't occur very often with individuals, it occurs in organisations and is motivated by group dynamics.

    Intolerance in organisations is a great at keeping people in the group, focused on "the enemy". Any group with "an enemy" is intrinsically a problem and the more aggressively they pursue that enemy the more of a problem they are.

    Of course we all know that if we all laid down our arms and stopped fighting the world would be a better place, the problem is their is always an other side and they won't.

    Take an example of previously tolerant people becoming intolerant. Prior to the invasion of Iraq Islamic people lived side by side with Christians, Shia lived side by side with Sunni and so on. The power of the various religious leaders was kept in check by Saddam Hussain's iron fist - he was a nasty piece of work but that's how it worked.

    The removal of Saddam Hussain created a power vacuum and the dominant faction took over. The result is increased sectarian violence, ethnic cleansing, subjugation of women (who could happily walk around dressed in "western" attire previously) a...









    Short answer to can peace on Earth be achieved. No but it's a great goal if you want to get loads of people to give you money.

    Individuals should be more tolerant but then most are. Intolerance doesn't occur very often with individuals, it occurs in organisations and is motivated by group dynamics.

    Intolerance in organisations is a great at keeping people in the group, focused on "the enemy". Any group with "an enemy" is intrinsically a problem and the more aggressively they pursue that enemy the more of a problem they are.

    Of course we all know that if we all laid down our arms and stopped fighting the world would be a better place, the problem is their is always an other side and they won't.

    Take an example of previously tolerant people becoming intolerant. Prior to the invasion of Iraq Islamic people lived side by side with Christians, Shia lived side by side with Sunni and so on. The power of the various religious leaders was kept in check by Saddam Hussain's iron fist - he was a nasty piece of work but that's how it worked.

    The removal of Saddam Hussain created a power vacuum and the dominant faction took over. The result is increased sectarian violence, ethnic cleansing, subjugation of women (who could happily walk around dressed in "western" attire previously) and violence between the various factions.

    The individuals had previously been happy to tolerate each other, some even shared meals with members of the other factions but as soon as there was a power struggle the individuals acted in line with their factions' ideology in accordance with the tribal instinct.

    Until we all learn to recognise and resist how organisations manipulate and corrupt us (get over the tribal instinct if you will) there will be no peace on earth because if one group attacks it forces the rest to react; the reason we have a tribal instinct is because competing is necessary to survival.

    As an atheist I don't mind theists but I object to a lot of things their organisations do. I also don't like things like young earth creationism being taught in schools as a science because it isn't. That doesn't make me a hater or bigot because I don't mind if people want to believe that what I mind is them distorting and manufacturing evidence and claiming it as fact.

    It would be good if individuals just were good and stop aligning with groups claiming to know how people should be good. That's all it really needs. It doesn't need any more dogma. With very few exceptions we all instinctively know what is good and bad, our views only get distorted in and by organisations, aka churches.

    Individuals I take as they come and each group has shining examples of good and bad.
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  • Reality-Check 2011/11/24 12:03:09
    Reality-Check
    +1
    Peace on Earth will happen when the virus called the human race has been eliminated...
  • 8mariedawn6 2011/11/24 06:18:28
    8mariedawn6
    We need to turn to the Lord and give him respect that he deserves.Then we could pray for his forgiveness and ask for peace on earth.Not that we deserve it but threw his mercy.
  • JanHopkins 2011/11/24 06:11:24
    JanHopkins
    +1
    Start small. Don't annoy your neighbors.
  • Duke----The Non Racist, Fun... 2011/11/23 19:05:12
    Duke----The Non Racist, Funny Duke !
    Yes, after the earth is scorched and blackened from a solar flare
  • Doug King 2011/11/23 18:13:45
    Doug King
    No it is not in the nature of man to be happy with what he has. Some men will always want what others have.
  • Eddie 2011/11/23 17:44:54
    Eddie
    Peace on earth will become a reality the day after the last human being leaves earth.
  • F'ing!A!Proud!2beAnAmerican... 2011/11/23 17:29:48
    F'ing!A!Proud!2beAnAmerican!Vet!
    +1
    As long as there are two or more people with differing religious views, economic standings, etc...., there will never be world peace. Lobotomized sheeple drinking the Obama koolaid still cannot get along, let alone the vast, diverse population of planet earth. Now if we can get the extremists out of the picture, we could have a greatly more peaceful existence, it will just not be perfect, some will not tolerate anyone different from them, that will be the problem.
  • ANGEL F'ing!A... 2011/11/24 07:18:05
    ANGEL
    +1
    Well thought out response.
  • tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA 2011/11/23 16:31:58
    tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA
    +1
    Make peace in your little corner of it.
  • Headhunter 13 2011/11/23 16:30:33
    Headhunter 13
    +1
    No it won't and there is nothing we can do. Our politics and religions teach hate and intolerance. We are a race of predators and have evolved such. There will always be those that want more and want power.
  • Will Advocate of PHAET 2011/11/23 16:25:55
    Will Advocate of  PHAET
    +2
    Just chillax!
  • Chris - The Rowdy One! #187 2011/11/23 16:19:07
  • Headhun... Chris -... 2011/11/23 16:31:08
    Headhunter 13
    another fairy tale and myth
  • Chris -... Headhun... 2011/11/23 23:57:25
  • Headhun... Chris -... 2011/11/24 00:23:41
    Headhunter 13
    Okay you are excused.
  • doc 2011/11/23 16:15:02
    doc
    +1
    Start by killing all of the humans. Then finally there will be peace on earth.
  • Headhun... doc 2011/11/23 16:31:54
    Headhunter 13
    only if you don't count lesser predators
  • doc Headhun... 2011/11/23 16:35:53
    doc
    The lesser predators kill out of a need for survival not a "lust" as humans do. So while death may take place it will be in harmony with existence and thus peace (though just to be sure you may want to kill all the chimpanzees also as they are closest to us humans.)
  • Headhun... doc 2011/11/23 16:45:59
    Headhunter 13
    Actually there have been instances of Chimps and a few other species murdering and not killing just to eat.
  • tommyg ... doc 2011/11/23 16:32:56
    tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA
    You go first. lol
  • doc tommyg ... 2011/11/23 16:36:34
    doc
    When I go I am taking as many as you sorry louts with me... in the name of peace of course.
  • tommyg ... doc 2011/11/23 16:38:03
    tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA
    lol...Now that's compassion. Thanks for the heads up.
  • doc tommyg ... 2011/11/23 16:42:45
    doc
    Brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "Peace be with you" now doesn't it?
  • tommyg ... doc 2011/11/23 16:46:58
    tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA
    You mean piece, right?
  • Eddie tommyg ... 2011/11/23 17:48:42
    Eddie
    Peace through superior firepower and the reputation to like using it?

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