October 9th, 2011

Writer's Block: Happy birthday John Lennon!

Do you think there will ever be world peace?
Will there ever be world peace?  Its not impossible, but it is highly unlikely because we value other things, more than we value peace, and violence is such an easy way for the powerful to get what they want and other ways have been tried by the non-powerful only to be met by power and violence.  We don't think we are as violent as we are (denial).  We don't know what causes us to be violent (ignorance) and we are much more interested in the violence done to us than we are to the violence done by us or to other people (separation)  Also we want to preserve our favorite forms of violence while condemning those who use other forms.  If we could overcome this denial and ignorance and (especially) the separation we might have a chance.  (One of the most important kinds of separation is that which comes from social and economic inequality,)  If openness, knowledge, and inclusiveness are impossible, peace is impossible.