Can we build peace through different policies or laws?

Question from the Internet:

“What would you do if you could create a policy to bring world peace? What steps are you going to take to make it happen?”

A “policy” usually means constructing a law. A law usually means forcing and coercing people to do something against their natural inclinations.

If we wanted to do something willingly, seeing that it is for our own benefit, we would not need a law or policy to “police” it; we would not need all kinds of restrictions and threats to make sure people follow that policy or law.

If we want changes to bear fruit and become sustainable, we need to get people on board and invite them to join the changes willingly, on their own account.

Thus a certain policy to bring world peace will not work.

I fully understand why you think we need a policy since “true peace” seems against everybody’s mind and inclination; thus, it seems unrealistic to expect people to build peace by themselves.

Despite people joining the “peace camp” and showing, portraying symbols of peace, making “peace marches and protests”, none of us is born for peace. We are all born for ruthless and exclusive competition; we are all born for conflict and war. This is how our inherently self-serving, self-justifying, egocentric and exploitative nature drives us.

We have vast experience of how human nature works both from history and our contemporary society. It takes very little to provoke and incite even the “most peaceful” people to start hating, blaming and finally destroying others.

If it were only certain people and clever leaders who mobilized the masses for conflicts and wars while the masses truly wanted peace, they would not be able to provoke and incite those masses in the first place. After all, who benefits from war? The masses only lose; they lose their livelihood and their children to the fights, and still, they join and fight.

When we look at any aspect of human society, how we participate in sports — either as athletes or as spectators — how we relate to politics, economy, trade or even education, everything is built on ruthless and exclusive competition and success at the expense of others.

And this is not because we are tricked into it, but because this suits our inherent nature best. Otherwise, why do we go along with it? If we know we exist in a ruthless, destructive, mutually hateful “Matrix”, why do we not disconnect and build a different society?

We need to stop deceiving ourselves; we should stop believing that we actually want peace. By default, we cannot want peace as we instinctively want to be better, greater, more powerful, wealthier and more respected than anybody else — even compared to our siblings.

Thus your thinking that we need some kind of “policy” or “law” to bring peace is realistic, but it cannot work.

We will have true peace and world peace only when we start to understand consciously and viscerally feel that without peace, we can’t survive. We need to come to a very tangible and realistic sense of total interdependence. to the feeling that our individual life and survival are inextricably intertwined with the life and survival of the whole human collective.

Only when we feel without any doubt that we are actually fully integrated and interdependent pieces of the same whole, like individual cells of the same living organism, only then will we not only agree to true peace but will start willingly and consciously building it and sustaining it — above and against our inherent nature.

And we can achieve that with the help of a special, purposeful and practical educational method, here and now, before it is too late, before the next World War.

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Zsolt Hermann

I am a Hungarian-born Orthopedic surgeon presently living in New Zealand, with a profound interest in how mutually integrated living systems work.