Does the common man harbor enmity against another living in another country? Why should he, as all are in the same boat, eking out a living, fighting against odds, for a better life that proves illusory for most! He is mostly used as a tool, injected with fires of hatred, against his own kindred spirit, but residing in another country. One needs to look at the images of the suffering, from one natural calamity after another, to understand the shared commonality of human beings. This basic truth should make all roads to lead to world peace, but politics & other issues that do not really concern most, create unnecessary bloodshed between people of different countries.
There is so much going for, for peace! The world would be a better place if history, that creates friction, is thrown overboard and a new beginning is made in the right spirit – why make the poor fight among themselves over matters that do not concern them? Their needs are mostly basic, food, shelter, hope for a better future & general peace to reign! Enmity, stoked in their minds, can play havoc & taken as a herd, brings out the animal instincts, though we demonize most animals by using such oft-repeated term! Generally, animals do not bother others, especially when their stomachs are full – needs very basic, unlike some among us! Does it also not resonate with the needs of the common man who bears the brunt of wars?
We worry every day about nuclear weapons, with more countries trying to gate-crash into the elite club! If it is exclusive, then the natural instinct is to try to become a member! And, if such weapons are justified by those possessing them as a deterrent, why not others also use the same excuse? So we are on a wrong premise, to deny others something that some hold-on to, even to show-off! With more countries looking beyond food & shelter, naturally, they would also like to secure themselves, in the fear that others would beat them to it, otherwise!
So, we have to change our approach under the basic premise, all think alike, and also want the best! The world has to act as one to retract the mad rush for one-upmanship and no amount of preaching will deter some from acquiring the weapons. Also, nuclear technology is a cheap source of power, though the initial capital costs are high; that means more countries will have a reason to research on the technology & is pointless to doubt their intentions.
For enduring world peace, hypocrisy in any form has to be eschewed, as it does not cut ice anymore! The common denominator should be the ordinary man in the street, who just wants to get by, with no aspirations to the riches that some covet over more enduring lifestyles. Once the peace dividend is reaped by eschewing weapons that only kill, we would have made a real turn for all encompassing growth, without the need to suspect others’ intentions. Accumulating weapons will only impoverish us, adding to the misery, tension & potential for wars that could destroy us all, or worse, leave us with a calamity, never experienced before. Those left behind to pick-up the pieces will literally have to start from scratch!
Eschewing weapons en masse, will be a good starting point to reduce tensions all around as the intentions are made clear. We do not have much time-frame to dilly-dally, as we have a window of only few years to reverse global warming! At least now, when our back-sides are really on fire, let us work as one! Let us avoid a mass exodus to the exit to nowhere, later! Time to pause, rethink & grow-up! Make peace real, eschew enmity from the minds!