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Toward Planetary Peace

Each person throughout the world likely would have a personal peace definition and would hold ideals for achieving, even if one’s experience is limited. For each person there is a test: “Which do you truthfully, honestly desire—peace or war?” It seems reasonable to assume the vast majority would choose peace, as the world has had too much war; humankind is learning a better option is desirable.

We will not have peace until the majority population from each nation desires peace and as nations, give up sovereignty to a one world authority granted by the majority of nations. Any nation refusing to give up sovereignty would face the threat of world authority to comply. There must be strong incentive to join the larger group.

Nationalism is a concept developed over long time periods and is a natural evolution of thought. Nation favoritism is prejudicial, racist and is loaded with superiority lacking love and respect. We cannot avoid evolution of thought, but we can visualize and work toward a better world with love at the heart of technical, scientific, educational, financial, religious and social improvements. The details would be extensive, seemingly beyond imagination and overwhelming, but slowly we MUST work toward high planetary ideals of quality relationships.

We will see much tribulation, conflict, and sadly earned wisdom if nations fail to abandon national superiority and if we fail to learn the greater wisdom of group discussion. The United Nations is not large enough and is not constituted as a final world authority to give us real peace. Sooner or later people who resort to terror tactics will finally learn there is no gain with bloody terror. The larger wisdom from men and women who desire peace in their hearts is the pathway to world settlement in peace and this larger wisdom must come from nations gathering together in world authority for common planetary benefit.

Eternal peaceful benefits are too numerous to ignore!

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    Sep 15 2013: "........ must come from nations gathering together in world authority for common planetary benefit"

    Mark, what if there comes a point when the nations do gather together in world authority, but instead of bringing about peace, they want to force those who are peaceable to contribute to the warring efforts?

    Isn't that happening now?

    Aren't there peaceable humans sitting in jails all over the world because they will not lift up arms against their fellow humans?

    Down deep in these individual's hearts they view life as precious, and so they are willing to suffer the consequences of being peaceable. Who is doing something about this great injustice in today's world??????? WHO?????
    • Sep 15 2013: Hello Mary,
      I don't have fast answers for you. It will take a long time to convince people, leadership included, that peaceful methods are better than arms. Nations have been working on this, to wit: League of Nations, then United Nations. The interest is there.

      Nations grouping to defend a cause isn't new, re the talks about Syria.

      There are peaceable people sitting jails. People think, make decisions according to what they believe to be true and its easy to forget those who are put away. But, I am certain the majority of people in each nation must want peace and it is this message about what the people want that is important. I think it will take a strong world leader to put this high on agenda in ways we have not seen before. I don't see such a leader now.

      Regarding this injustice you cite, reality is there will be more, sad to say.

      If we cite the benefits of peace, can nations overcome the military-industrial alliance and create the conditions for bringing peace? Time will tell. I do not have concrete answers, but I am certain we must work this direction.

      Promote the benefits of peace. What TED readers would like to enumerate them?
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        Sep 16 2013: Mark, it has been said by some who believe, that a one world government is coming.
        The subjects of this government will be peace loving citizens.
        The ruler? The prince of peace.

        Millions earth wide see peace on earth as a sure thing.
        Some have already adjusted their lives to fit right in with the new government once it is reigning.
        Right now, they are paying the price for loving peace.
        In the future, let's all hope that their efforts pay off.

        Here's to a bright peaceful future, let's hope we see it in OUR lifetime. :)
        • Sep 17 2013: It is coming, but the timing certainly isn't now, as comments on this topic clearly indicate. People need to prepare for peace. Turning to political non-violent methods will not bring inner peace, different than military peace. People all around the world must want the higher levels of peace benefit and their leaders must be realize the greater benefits of peace. Even though many are in jails and many more will suffer, the people must tell leaders to work for peaceful methods, for all countries to enjoy the benefits.

          Are we able to visualize, imagine, and forecast all the benefits of peaceful relations? Maybe not, but we know peace is better than killing. President Eisenhower was very aware of the massive loss of life from war. He understood the dangers of a powerful military-industrial complex of dependency in nations. This will be a major stumbling block in all economies heavily dependent on military spending. Its a jobs thing! More could be said. However, rising to higher ideals and greater promises are the benefits of a peaceful world economy based on love and balanced consumption-need. There is more to this conversation than just political or military peace. We need to give time for TEDsters to seriously consider and imagine.

          Jesus was hailed as the Prince of Peace and maybe if he'd had come later when the world was becoming peaceful, we could crown him so. But, he did not come to announce peace. Has anyone noticed that? It is his efficacious teachings that will empower people to desire peace.

          Likely we'd be very interested to observe our Mother Earth and its peoples thousands of years from now as former Earth residents looking back. We may applaud or be terribly disappointed.
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        Sep 16 2013: Here is a picture of a monument that sits in front of the UN........a gift from Russia

        http://www.un.org/cyberschoolbus/untour/subswo.htm

        The words etched on the monument come from the scriptures.
        The second chapter of Isaiah and the fourth verse, which reads in it's entirety:

        "And he will judge between the nations, and will decide concerning many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they LEARN WAR any more."

        I have always found it curious that this monument sits in front of the "United" Nations.

        I am not much into world politics and the like.
        But in my mind, if humans truly were in control of the earth, then all that is required for them to do if they want peace, is to tell their respective governments they will not bear arms.

        That would end wars....imho

        Now, who will end crime? And racism? And oppression? And homelessness? And hunger? And disease? etc....etc....
        • Sep 16 2013: "Now, who will end crime? And racism? And oppression? And homelessness? And hunger? And disease? etc....etc...."

          Actually, there are a great number of people working on all of these problems, including the UN, many governments and many nonprofit organizations. The work will likely take decades, but the situation is far from hopeless.
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        Sep 17 2013: "However, rising to higher ideals and greater promises are the benefits of a peaceful world economy based on love and balanced consumption-need. There is more to this conversation than just political or military peace."

        I couldn't agree more.

        And as some have brought out, it starts with ME.

        Peace in all it's forms must be something we practice in our everyday life.
        With our loved ones, our neighbors, our classmates, our workmates.

        These higher ideals of living based on love are very lofty.
        Not everyone appreciates it.

        Or have you forgotten that a great many individuals believe in survival of the fittest?

        Could the lack of love in the world have a lot to do with the fact that people just want to survive and get the heads up on others?

        I can't help but connect the two......lack of peace....and survival of fittest.
        Is there a connection Mark?

        What do you think?
        • Sep 18 2013: I think you identified one reason some persons are not at peace with others. I have not forgotten there are those who believe in survival of the fittest. We are all connected in this world, as others have said here.

          Peace will come with spiritual growth. The past is not absolute prolog for our planetary destiny, but some situations repeated will cause great harm. I said it before and I fully accept---progress is the intent for this world. It will come as you say above, to practice in our everyday lives. The fact that some do not is not proof it will not happen.

          My original question on this conversation pins personal responsibility to each self. We cannot escape self. To oversimplify, either we want peace or we do not. We cannot go backward. The details of forward movement to peace are not fully known, but as time goes on the details will be known, provided people do want peace.
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        Sep 18 2013: "Peace will come with spiritual growth".

        Yes, I think too that inner peace, and by extension, peace with others, does come with spiritual growth.

        One of the things I have appreciated from participating on TED, is that there are many peaceful individuals from all cultures that enjoy coexistence and tolerance.

        Once an individual finds this 'peace', it is very likely that he/she desires others to have it as well.
        Different individuals go about helping others in different ways.
        Some help others purely by their fine example.
        And others are more proactive, taking a very hands-on approach through organizations and such.

        Humans have always wanted peace Mark.
        But it is elusive.......why?

        Why haven't humans been able to establish peace and security earth wide?
        Why haven't humans been able to develop a system of distribution of resources (food, shelter, etc..) that is fair and just?

        These are important questions.
        Few people like to spend time delving into the root of the problem.

        Others think it is just human nature to be selfish, and that's just the way it's going to be.

        I think Nadav mentions something important.
        He says "...unless you change.....human nature itself".

        That, in my humble opinion, is the key to peace, and to other problems.
        Human nature has to change.......Humans need to become humane.
        That is what we need to evolve into......humane beings.

        But who has the power to change a human?

        I agree with your statement, "The details of forward movement to peace are not fully known, but as time goes on, the details will be known...."

        It's all a matter of time.

        We'll we live to see a peaceful earth Mark?
        I sure hope so!!
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        Sep 21 2013: Hi Mark,
        Have you seen the news today?
        Look,

        http://news.yahoo.com/shooting-nairobi-shopping-mall-injures-least-two-witnesses-102641790.html

        and here is the New York times report.
        The slide show of 16 pictures is very sad to see.

        http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/22/world/africa/nairobi-mall-shooting.html?_r=0


        And by the way, PBS is broadcasting "Eisenhower's Secret War" this coming week, it's a two part series. Have you seen it? It's supposed to be very good.

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