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How do we make the world a more peaceful place?

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With violence presently occurring across the planet, which is ongoing and leading to affects on others, including on mental health and of course the tragic loss of life, how can humans make the world a more peaceful place to live?

Any points put here could make a huge difference and add to a more peaceful planet for future generations, so your comments are very important.

But, is making the world a more peaceful place to live achievable? Is it something one can only dream of or think about? What could you or others do to help make a difference?
Posted by NathanJ, Monday, 22 June 2020 2:59:30 PM
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the world would be much more peaceful if we rid ourselves of Marxist media. If not for CNN, New York times, our won abc and left leaning lying professors violence would decrease dramatically.
Posted by runner, Monday, 22 June 2020 3:15:56 PM
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"Any points put here could make a huge difference and add to a more peaceful planet for future generations, so your comments are very important".

I don't see how. Posters have been making points and comments on OLO for years, and they have had no effect on anything. People - not the planet - are becoming less peaceful all the time. We have only just started the downhill run, and there is absolutely nothing a few people banging away on keyboards can do about it. Even our votes are are a waste of time, because of the types of people who want to be politicians. Nothing but a complete catastrophe is going to bring people out of their torpor, and that's still a long way off. It's going to get a lot worse before it starts to get better.
Posted by ttbn, Monday, 22 June 2020 3:45:05 PM
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Our liberal democracy is in crisis because of the take up of identity politics and the rejection of its Judeo-Christian heritage, brought about by a “highly educated, cosmopolitan, secularized, morally superior, opinion-making class”. (Paul Kelly). This class sees every issue that arises in terms of ‘victims’ versus ‘oppressors’. And it arrogantly demands that the rest of us change our values to fit their moral order. And, our cowardly political leaders have become impotent. The elites are venting their hatred against the society that gave them their privileges in the first place.

“Liberal democracy (has) lost its …. legitimacy and it has never recovered.” (Historian Mervyn Bendle, who refers to Yeats’ observation that “The best lack all conviction/while the worst are full of passionate intensity”).
Posted by ttbn, Monday, 22 June 2020 4:21:20 PM
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Hi Nathan,

An important element in any peace process is the
international community and its mechanisms for
restraining conflict among its members.

Trade, travel,telecommunications have made the
nations of the modern world more inter dependent
than ever before.

Yet today's societies entered the nuclear age
with political institutions inherited from a
previous era.

Our human population is spread among a series of
sovereign independent states - most of them with
their own armed forces - and so there is a built-in
potential for warfare whenever two nations have
conflicting interests.

We've already got two vital elements for international
peace-making which are in place.

The first is the United Nations, which provides a
forum for world opinion and a mechanism for conflict
resolution.

The second is - a growing body of
international law that specifies the rights and
obligations that nations have toward one another
particularly with respect to aggression.

I believe that these two elements are vital for
international peace-keeping. But of course there
are difficulties.

A major difficulty with international peace making
is that compliance with the resolutions of the UN and the
rulings of its World Court are VOLUNTARY, for no country
is willing to surrender its sovereignty to an
international body.

The UN is most effective in fact, when the superpowers are
able to agree on a course of action and mobilise their blocs
to support them.

Even so, the organization despite its critics does
provide an influential forum for world opinion, and while it
does not always prevent violence or war, it surely helps make
it less likely.

It's not perfect, but at present on a world scale it's all
we've got.
Posted by Foxy, Monday, 22 June 2020 4:25:35 PM
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Nathan,

Whether we choose to destropy our civilisation or save it
it is a collective decision - and hopefully one that will
be made within our lifetimes.

If more and more nuclear weapons are built and if more
and more sophisticated means of delivering them are
devised, and if more and more nations get control of these
vile devices, then we surely risk our own destruction.

If ways are found to reverse that process, then we can
divert unprecedented energy and resources to the real
problems facing us, including poverty, disease,
overpopulation, injustice, oppression, and the destruction
of our natural environment.

We need to put pressure on the governments we elect to
make sure that their ultimate choice and actions will be
to enhance the life on the bright and lovely planet on which
billions of us share our adventure. Therefore who we vote for
and elect, and their policies will make a world of
difference not only to us in this country but to all of
us on this planet. Electing the right leaders, the right
ministers - does matter in these very vulnerable times.
Posted by Foxy, Monday, 22 June 2020 4:49:24 PM
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