Perpetual peace above and despite the inclination for perpetual war
Question from the Internet:
“How can this world know perpetual peace?”
Life is based on the interaction and dynamic tension between opposing forces. Our own perception of reality is based on contrasts, the constant comparison between opposite feelings, sensations and experiences.
We simply cannot sense, understand or experience things in and of themselves without something we can compare them with.
Thus we simply have no idea or comprehension of warmth without also feeling cold, we can’t differentiate sweet without sensing salty or bitter. We have no idea about what love is unless we also know and experienced hate or rejection towards the same person as well.
There is no perpetual peace without feeling the perpetual inclination, inner incitement for perpetual war. We cannot even start building true, lasting peace before we recognize and accept that by our inherent nature we are built for “war”, for incessant, ruthless and exclusive competition when we enjoy succeeding at each other’s expense since I cannot define, justify myself unless I do it above and against others.
We will know and maintain perpetual peace when we also understand that in order to overcome our inherent nature so we could create positive, constructive, sustainable mutually responsible and mutually complementing connections and cooperation we need to acquire forces and abilities we do not have in us by default.
We will have to learn from Nature’s finely balanced system how to build mutual integration above and despite vast diversity and differences of opinions — without suppressing or erasing anything. Nature’s system has the necessary blueprint, moreover, there are forces all around us that govern and constantly renew the “peace” (general balance and homeostasis) in nature which is the primary requisite of life.
So we can tap into those forces and learn how to harness them in order to neutralize and use our own, inherently destructive, warmongering nature and channel its awesome power towards positive, mutually beneficial goals and purpose.
The true, perpetual peace we build will be like living together in peace and happiness on top of a volcano that is ready to erupt at any time, but it does not.