Is Peace Possible?

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A few days ago, I came across a challenge asking, “Is peace possible in the Middle East?” from Scott Berkun’s The Daily Post at WordPress.com:

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2011/09/21/is-peace-in-the-middle-east-possible/#comments

All at once, a million ideas came to my mind.  I had to work, attend meetings, review documents, etc.  And yet, over the past days, the question would insinuate itself in my consciousness, niggling me to ponder some more, and distract me from focusing on what’s right in front of me.

What is “Peace?”  Is it a Utopian existence where everyone, without exception, is equal? Men, women, children, elderly, gays, lesbians, regardless of race, creed, color, political leanings.  How far do you take the dictates of equality to achieve it in its true form?  Will it kill healthy competition and make way for abject mediocrity?  Will it signal the end of innovation (why bother?) and passion for change?  Will this be a conflict-free world?

I wonder if in this world, there might not be any more Woody Allens or Quentin Tarantinos. No more Ernest Hemingways or Gabriel Garcia Marquezes. No more books, movies, blogs, on angst, struggles, conflicts.

Or can it be a peace where people regain self-respect and begin to respect others, especially those who are different from them?  Where any culture, religion, or government, no matter how old it is, can no longer be allowed to practice, preach, or even exist, in so long as its doctrines and proponents violate basic human rights.  Where women are not considered property or chattel, where virginity is not equated to family honor, where citizens are not mere pawns for some ambitious demagogue, and where lives are not trivialized as unintended casualties of a mission.  “The so-called greater good.”  Who’s “good” is it?

We should not look too far to the Middle East for our quest for peace.  We only have to look at this country to find there needs to be a lot of work here.  Right in our own backyard.  We still don’t treat people different from us fairly.  We still have people spreading false information to distract, misinform, manipulate, misuse media.  Case in point is the citizenship of the incumbent president.  Even Trump rode the bandwagon. What a circus. The US was such a laughingstock! Are Americans really this daft?

Or the profiling of African-Americans, Latinos, and those of Arabic heritage.  The stories are ridiculous.  And a very sad reflection on how we think collectively.

I know I could go on and on but I have to stop here.  I may turn this into a rant.  Not good.  I’ll stop here.  For now.

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3 Responses to Is Peace Possible?

  1. auntyuta says:

    I am sure Obama would love to see Israelis and Palestinians live peacefully side by side. They do each need their own state. Everyone can see it. And so a lot of people want to see Palestine recognised as a state. Yet apparently Israel still does not want this.

    Why can’t anybody guarantee Israel that they won’t be attacked by anyone if a state of Palastine exists? How can you convince Israel that they don’t need to be afraid of their neighbours?

    Obama says there’s no short cut to to peace in Middle East. So what now? Maybe we all have to pray a bit more! If people can’t love each other it would be good if they could at least show respect to each other.

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  2. auntyuta says:

    To me the ideal peaceful country is were diversity is tolerated and even encouraged. Of course it is needed that citizens are law abiding, however laws should be made (if possible) for the good of all citizens. With globalisation of the economy mankind is experiencing new challenges. I think the enormous differences in the way the riches of this earth are distributed is one of our biggest challenges, yet I agree that challenges like this stimulate the creative mind. In the end it is all a matter of balance, isn’t it? Maybe the very rich should be prepared to share a bit more with the many poor? What do you think?

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    • MOL says:

      Hello antyuta:
      Thank you for visiting my blog. There are days when peace seems such a distant star and we can only aspire to reach it one day. Sometimes, I wonder why it’s so difficult for people to accept others who are different from them. There are people with beliefs I don’t necessarily believe in but they are entitled to their beliefs. And as long as they don’t try to convert me to their beliefs or the exercise of these beliefs do not adversely affect me or people I love, I don’t really care. I believe it would bother me only if it violated on other people’s rights, even if it did not affect me personally.

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