The “peace movement” is based on misunderstanding our own nature
Question from the Internet:
“Is the peace movement a philosophy?”
Yes, the “peace movement” is a philosophy, and we could say a harmful one. It claims that if we wanted, we could just build peace, and it is only a few “evil” people, organizations or nations who do not want peace while the majority of “good people” are all peaceful and could live in peace.
Such philosophies are the result of the total misunderstanding and misinterpretation of our inherent human nature. We are all born with an inherently “warmongering”, ruthlessly competitive, egocentric and subjective nature. We all make calculations for our own sake, and — knowingly or unknowingly — we all succeed at the expense of others.
Moreover, we gain extra pleasure from gaining at the expense of others when we can prove ourselves to the detriment of others. This is why human history is an endless chain of conflicts and wars, occasionally interrupted by unsuccessful and temporary peace agreements.
This is how we are built, and it does not mean we are ‘evil” or “sinful” since Nature’s evolution “installed” this inherently destructive and cancer-like operating program in us. On the other hand, Nature also installed in us a unique human intellect, capable of critical self-assessment and initiating self-change and further self-development.
Thus we will have actual and lasting peace only if we recognize and accept the reason for conflicts and war within ourselves. Then, if we willingly and consciously start changing and further developing ourselves — instead of blaming, correcting and destroying others — we will gradually build the necessary, sustainable, positive and constructive, mutually responsible, and mutually complementing connections and cooperation — above and against our instinctive nature — that will be the foundation of peace.