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Kuldeep Daftary

Web Design and Development, Springboard Enterprises Ltd.

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Where would we be today if the World Wars hadn't been fought?

Would this world still be colonized? Or would we already have an iPhone10 by now? In other words, would we be more technologically advanced because we would have saved a great deal of resources and time? How would the world be different?

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    Oct 17 2011: Actually, the exact opposite. The war forced nations to become innovative in order to defeat the other. Computers were created to de-crypt enemy codes. The World Wars also led to the cold war which led to some of the greatest inventions humans ever created. The internet, was originally called ARPANET. It was originally created to work as an inter-military communication system to warn of attack from the Soviet Union. The reason the Space Race was such a huge thing was sadly not just for prestige, but because each nation feared that the other could Nuclear Weapon launch platforms in space. So although humanity paid a huge price during the wars, we might have never had such a technologically advanced world. Hell, if the World Wars and all their after effects didn't happen, I'm certain you wouldn't be reading this message on a computer over the internet.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARPANET
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_race#Cold_War_arms_race
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      Oct 17 2011: Wow Now that's quite informative. So we are enjoying the positive impacts of world war.

      "Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
      Martin Luther King, Jr. "

      Now the above quote of Martin Luther King, Jr makes more sense to me. Everything happens for are reason.
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      Oct 17 2011: quote (if the World Wars and all their after effects didn't happen, I'm certain you wouldn't be reading this message on a computer over the internet.)

      then I wish I was not reading this message but had no world wars & a peaceful planet.

      You have lost the war even if you have won it (Shokrollah's comment in a ted conversation).
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        Oct 18 2011: Well not having the world wars doesn't necessarily mean a peaceful world. It could actually mean more suffering. If we didn't have penicillin, wouldn't people suffer more? Wouldn't more people die? How many people were inspired by the technologies that were created due to the effects of the wars or the wars themselves. How many of these inspired people, helped someone else, or invented something? Just something I find interesting. Really relates to the Martin Luther King Jr. quote that Kuldeep Daftary brought up.
        Do note that: I agree that absolutely nothing could justify the atrocities committed during World War 2.

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