What is more effective for achieving peace in society: laws or education?

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readDec 24, 2022

Question from the internet:

“In terms of protecting society’s peace which is more effective, laws or education? And would you please defend both sides?”

We do not have “true peace” because “true peace” means perfect wholeness, a mutually responsible and mutually complementing co-existence and cooperation when each and every person finds one’s most optimal mutually contributing cogwheel role towards society and willingly and consciously keeps and maintains that role above everything else.

Instead, we have a very fragile peace that is broken again and again since the behavior of our inherently self-serving, self-justifying, egocentric, and exploitative nature is the direct opposite of “true peace.”

So far, throughout human history, we have been trying to secure peace through laws and other forms of coercion, trying to threaten people and trying to suppress our instinctive behavior in order to keep some level of peace, at least temporarily.

“True peace” can come only when people actually change and develop an ability to exist and act above and against their instincts and inherent attitude towards others.

Change cannot be forced on people by laws, terror, or misleading propaganda, since then an inevitable and violent rebound reaction comes after a while shattering everything. Only changes that happen willingly, by people fully understanding the need for those changes since they see and feel that it is in their best interest, can be successful.

And such changes are possible only through the right, purposeful and practical education that not only helps people with understanding but also gives them actual, tangible, and visceral emotional impressions that help them accept and practice the necessary changes.

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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.