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Mark Kurtz

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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 17 2013: We need more than a universal desire for peace. We need a much larger discussion about what peace would look like. What would peace require of each of us as we live our daily lives? A world without conflict is not possible and, I would contend, not desirable. What we need to become is what I have called "Peace-Able." We need to learn first how to live in ways that support a more peaceful world, ways that support individual as well as societal choices that are nurturing and healthy; that support positive relationships with others, that are inclusive of the many diverse voices in the world; that seek just resolutions to conflict and thoughtful, workable, non-violent solutions to problems. We cannot have any reasonable degree of peace in the world until we have begun to develop our ability to recognize and make peaceable choices.
    • Sep 17 2013: Hello David,
      It may not be possible to foresee all possible conditions or relationships of a truly peaceful world at this juncture. Certainly human beings would have conflicts, but armed resolution of conflicts, as has been our history, is far less attractive than peace. Political, war-free peace would look like people talking together to attempt a fair resolution of conflict. Courts with judges known to be of high caliber would be appointed by high commissions to resolve conflicts or issues at planetary or regional scales.. It would look like final resolution with what is best for all. This will take a lot of time to achieve and would result in greater personal and national security.

      Peace without possibility of armed military conflict would be possible. Why give up so easily? It is the direction the world must accept before wars destroy humanity!

      ".....live in ways that support individual as well as societal choices that are nurturing and healthy...", you have the right concept that will lead to peace. Recall the question I offered at the beginning of the conversation?

      And your final statement is profound. You got the point! Its the details of getting there that will be vetted and tried and severely tested.

      We are told man cannot live by bread alone. Humankind needs "pressure from above" from divine resources to progress. We've had so much trouble that the pathway is seemly hopeless complicated, but have faith. We will get there despite naysayers. The only pathway to lasting world peace devoid of armed conflict is a planetary authority over all nations. Nations would still have their authorities and freedoms and that would be free of the ability to make war without severe retribution.

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