Friday, June 06, 2008

Yahoo Answers Why Peace Is Not Popular

This Last week I saw a video on youtube (below) that heartened me to ask this question on 'yahoo answers'. Review my question and the answers, (also below) you can vote on the best answer by following this link:
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/?qid=20080530071903AAOUVEB

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Hmmm.... I wonder why there were so few responses... Maybe, it's one of those questions that have no answers.

Why is peace not patriotic?




Why is Peace not popular?

This is a perplexing question I know, but is it really? It seems to me that war never benefits anyone, just maybe the corporations eager for profits that warring will fortify. Most people suffer and are devastated by war. Wouldn't it be a nicer world if war was never an option? No matter who was doing the saber rattling. When such a country displays a maddening eagerness to start one; The rest of the global community ostracizes this nation, rendering it isolated from any rewards until it comes around to a peaceful solution. Doesn't that sound so simple and applicable? Will it take a nuclear war to arrive at this simple solution? It seems that is what it's going to take for our world to become peaceful. Destroy it first then pick up the pieces and start again... thinkingblue.blogspot.com

ANSWER 1

Unfortunately, I agree with that last assessment of what it might take. I am of the opinion that human beings lie to themselves for their very definition. We are not usually noble, generous, loyal beings. We usually display greed, anger, and sadism first.

People have shown throughout history that rather than keeping "my child" and "your child" alive and healthy, we'd rather have "my child" be spoiled with unnecessary luxuries and have "your child" starve or die from some otherwise curable disease. If we don't see it happen, then it never happened as far as we are concerned. We lie to ourselves.

Peace is not popular because it is neither immediately lucrative nor does it have a "winner", if you will. I do not think people will ever see peace defined as everyone being a winner.

ANSWER 2

Peace is very popular, but talk is cheap....

People talk about peace all the time, how peaceable they are, how non violent
they are on and on....then we have these "peace" icons that blow up things. Or fight or whatever...

What would happen if you were in a room with someone who very much disagreed
with you over whatever, you did everything to get them to see your side of whatever view, is your first thought peace??

Again talk is cheap, actions speak louder then any words .
Why Is Peace Not Popular:

Peace is generally not considered popular, especially at times of perceived threats (real or not) because our culture does not teach peace as an option to conflict.

Our H.S. history books are a procession of wars given very noble places, for the most part, in our national ego, and the successes of nonviolence are briefly covered or ignored completely.

Most people never understand the political and economic dynamics involved in conflicts because it is just easier to believe that there are good guys and bad guys and the US is "always" wears the white hat in situations of conflict. This is easier than thinking. Violence is always the easier route to take. Peace is an ongoing process that needs to be worked at all the time.

Over 50 cultures have been identified by anthropologists that don't or didn't resort to the use of violence to resolve their problems. So it isn't mankind’s destiny or biological makeup to be violent, it is our cultural indoctrination to accept it.

This would change if we began changing the way our culture viewed violence and war as an acceptable solution to conflict. If people received better, more complete educations, especially better global understanding of other people and their ways, this would be this first way to reduce violence in the world.Taking a proactive approach to peace is another solution that is only given the most meager of support as compared to the world's obscene military budget of over $1.1 Trillion a year.

Leaders need to look at the world and identify the things that are likely to produce future unrest or violence and address those problems in "creative" ways before the situations turn violent. A cabinet level Dept. of Peace would be great for this.

Things like lack of food, medical care, educational opportunities, shelter, work, infrastructure, and access to clean water... all of these would cost much less than the world’s current military budgets; and addressing those issues would create jobs and stabilize economies. This could even create new trade opportunities for the US.

Don't get rid of the military, but begin using it more for humanitarian missions and missions of "construction" instead of destruction. Our soldiers wouldn't come home from those missions with PTSD and could learn skills that would be applicable to civilian life.The International Network of Museums for Peace has member organizations all over the world, including countries like Iran and Pakistan. These institutions give peace a space in a world that is preoccupied with violence.

The Dayton International Peace Museum, www.daytonpeacemuseum.org, is the only physically open peace museum in the US at this time as compared to the over 140 military museums, some tax payer subsidized.

The Dayton International Peace Museum website averages over 800 visitors a day, last year over 114,000 visitors, so some people do think peace is popular.

Peace can become popular; it just needs to be given a chance. By: peacemuseum

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1 Comments:

Blogger peacemuseum said...

Peace is generally not considered popular, especially at times of perceived threats (real or not) because our culture does not teach peace as an option to conflict.
Our H.S. history books are a procession of wars given very noble places, for the most part, in our national ego, and the successes of nonviolence are briefly covered or ignored completely.
Most people never understand the political and economic dynamics involved in conflicts because it is just easier to believe that there are good guys and bad guys and the US is "always" wears the white hat in situations of conflict. This is easier than thinking. Violence is always the easier route to take. Peace is an ongoing process that needs to be worked at all the time.
Over 50 cultures have been identified by anthropologists that don't or didn't resort to the use of violence to resolve their problems. So it isn't mankind’s destiny or biological makeup to be violent, it is our cultural indoctrination to accept it.
This would change if we began changing the way our culture viewed violence and war as an acceptable solution to conflict. If people received better, more complete educations, especially better global understanding of other people and their ways, this would be this first way to reduce violence in the world.
Taking a proactive approach to peace is another solution that is only given the most meager of support as compared to the world's obscene military budget of over $1.1 Trillion a year.
Leaders need to look at the world and identify the things that are likely to produce future unrest or violence and address those problems in "creative" ways before the situations turn violent. A cabinet level Dept. of Peace would be great for this.
Things like lack of food, medical care, educational opportunities, shelter, work, infrastructure, and access to clean water... all of these would cost much less than the world’s current military budgets; and addressing those issues would create jobs and stabilize economies. This could even create new trade opportunities for the US.
Don't get rid of the military, but begin using it more for humanitarian missions and missions of "construction" instead of destruction. Our soldiers wouldn't come home from those missions with PTSD and could learn skills that would be applicable to civilian life.
The International Network of Museums for Peace has member organizations all over the world, including countries like Iran and Pakistan. These institutions give peace a space in a world that is preoccupied with violence.
The Dayton International Peace Museum, www.daytonpeacemuseum.org, is the only physically open peace museum in the US at this time as compared to the over 140 military museums, some tax payer subsidized.
The Dayton International Peace Museum website averages over 800 visitors a day, last year over 114,000 visitors, so some people do think peace is popular.
Peace can become popular; it just needs to be given a chance.

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