Is war inevitable in today's society ?
Is war inevitable?
According to President Jimmy Carter, many Americans thought that the end of war arrived in 1945 with the organization of the United Nations. Six decades years later, we know that wasn't the case. Some, likeMargaret Atwood, believe that our economy depends on the economic profits of war. Others think it's part of human nature. But Scientific American writer John Horgan disagrees. He thinks the end of war is within reach.
I predict that if we see war as a choice, and not as something that is foisted on us by forces beyond our control, and if we do all we can to end war, we will succeed. We reason that the best way to achieve peace is to arm ourselves and even attack potential enemies before they attack us. We need to recognize the fallacy of this sort of logic, which in the nuclear era poses a threat to our very existence.
Horgan's book The End of War inspired WNYC's ongoing series of the same name, in which academics, authors and writers give their take on why we continue to solve conflicts with violence.
I am using this question for my thesis in a university assignment and would love to hear the opinions of all members on Sodahead. Please choose 'Yes' or 'No' and try to provide a reasoning for your chosen answer. Thanks a lot everyone.
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