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Hannah MIller

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Is anyone else very frightened by what is going on in the Ukraine?

Russia threatening to invade the Ukraine in order to make it their territory.

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    Mar 27 2014: What I don't understand is why we are not learning from history. Why cant we think of a different way to solve all of our problems. We encourage our children to not solve their problems with violence, and there are consequences for when they do. If Tommy wants Bob's toy he should ask him for it rather than punch him in the arm and tell him to give it to him.When Tommy punches to get the toy, he gets a time out, but when he asks for the toy Bob either says yes or no. If Bob says no and Tommy is determined to get the toy Tommy proposes a deal. He challenges Bob to a competition of rock paper scissors so that he can play with the toy, but if he loses he wont play with it. When Tommy loses he is less upset because Bob earned his toy fair and square. How is it that we can encourage children to be civilized in solving problems when we are worse than them? Or at least our nation's leaders are. What a world we live in... By the way that was just a scenario. Notice that in my scenario the children settled things between themselves they didn't make their hole class pay for an action that was brought on themselves. In some ways I wish we were as wise as children. It would be a couple steps up from where we are now. Time to let rock paper scissors determine our fate. LOL I am just kidding but I know that war is not the only way to do this.
    • Mar 27 2014: I ask, you say no. I ask again, you say no.

      Sometimes there is no ability/desire to compromise. World leaders are not going to decide matters like territorial disputes, especially if there is potentially $ billion of oil profits on the line, with a game of rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock.


      In the 1840s, The United States was bound and determined to grow from sea to sea (Atlantic to Pacific). Problem was, Mexico stood in our way.

      We ask, can we buy Northern Mexico from you? Mexico says "no".
      We ask, can we buy Northern Mexico from you? Mexico says "no".
      We ask, can we buy Northern Mexico from you? Mexico says "no".

      We start marching our soldiers through their territory "to protect the rights of our citizens living in their country". When Mexico has had enough of this, and uses its army to try to stop our army from wondering around their country, we use it as justification for war.... we invade Mexico, capture their capital, and then...

      With their capital in control of the USA army we ask: can we buy Northern Mexico from you? Mexico says "I guess so".

      We pulled more gold out of California in 1850, then we bought the entire US Southwest from Mexico for in 1848.



      And there in, is the answer to your question.

      Why war? Because it works (for the side with the better military).
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      Mar 28 2014: Dear Hannah,
      You write..."What I don't understand is why we are not learning from history".

      With your scenario, it seems like you DO understand....at least on some level....
      "How is it that we can encourage children to be civilized in solving problems when we are worse than them? By the way that was just a scenario. Notice that in my scenario the children settled things between themselves they didn't make their hole class pay for an action that was brought on themselves. In some ways I wish we were as wise as children".

      We see some history being presented here regarding why things happened, and it kind of goes back to the idea that "they" did this so we had to retaliate....we did this against "them"...they retaliated....on and on.....

      It seems like most of the conflicts in our world since the beginning of humanity have been fueled by struggles for power and control....power over people....control of land and money. You insightfully recognize an important question...."How is it that we can encourage children to be civilized in solving problems when we are worse than them?" How are we going to change our world if we continue to repeat the same destructive patterns? It starts with us as individuals, and our "modeling" of certain behaviors.

      I have a friend who is a retired kindergarten teacher, and for many years, she taught her classes conflict resolution on a kindergarten level, which the kids totally understood and practiced. One may think that a small kindergarten class in a small town in a small state cannot make a difference....but it does make a difference. Change needs to start in many little pockets of our world, and it is only then that we may see change on a grander scale. It is important to believe that it can actually happen.....be the change we want to see in our world.

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