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How to End War?

Surely we've reached a point by now where we - humanity as a whole - really need to wise up. Regardless of the death, destruction and immeasurable suffering that is armed conflict's gift to us, the stupendous waste of resources that maintaining a military infrastructure requires cannot possibly be considered, by anyone, as anything short of high treason against life on earth itself. The Dark Ages weren't a period in medieval Europe - we're living them now; the times where humanity is facing the biggest problems it has ever faced and still won't bury the hatchet.

So how do we change this? How do we finally put an end to all the madness? How do we get all that steel and food and power and plastic and medicines and transportation and storage and all those other resources out of this Machine of Futility and use them to maybe make sure that this planet will still be capable of supporting a significant human population in a hundred years?

How do we go about finally end war?


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    May 2 2012: Reasons: In my (humble/ignorant) opinion the main reason of war is greed.
    It agonizes me deeply to type this, but we human beings have tendency to want more and more...
    Moreover, our society also encourages avarice.
    I believe we have adapted ourselves to violence which is shown to us via our 'free' media. [Maybe some lobbies want to alter human mindset to change their opinion(?)]

    Possible solution to the madness: We need to educate new generations. So maybe we should start by teaching new generations about peace. Teach them to be patient and righteous. Just imagine all the budget/research, which is spent on weapons and wars, being spent on positive aspects- I think there won't (ever)be any food crisis if we REALLY wanted a solution to sustainability.

    sources: quran.com/5/32
    • May 7 2012: Indeed the resources necessary to maintain all the military infrastructures of the world could go a very long way towards improving the living conditions for a lot of people. A nigh unimaginably long way. But it's a bit of a catch 22 situation, isn't it? If we use all the resources being wasted on the military we could balance out the living conditions for the global population, thus negating the desire for war but we can't do that until people don't want to go to war anymore and that's not going to happen until we balance out the living conditions for the global population. It's a tough nut to crack.

      I (like most people, I'd venture) like the idea of bettering education throughout the world but I'm having troubles seeing how this will work towards ending wars. One tends to throw education around as the universal solution to most calamities but when you consider the practicalities involved, I find that most of it is just a lot of hot air.
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        May 7 2012: Think it this way: wars of the future will be fought by kids of today.

        If we give these kids a better education and mindset then we might create opportunities (for future generations) to prevent useless wars. I mean by these wars only 0.00000000000001% or less population is benefited if you think about it.

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