What is “true peace” and how can we achieve it?

Question from the Internet:

“Why is world peace important, and how can it be achieved?”

Even superficially, when we consider “peace” the lack of war, it is important to achieve, as war is destructive and we can never actually win a war, especially not in today’s globally integrated, fully interdependent world.

But “true peace” — perfection, complementation from the original Hebrew word “Shalom/Shalem” — is much more than simply the lack of war. True peace is a unique equilibrium, balance, homeostasis achieved by extremely diverse and seemingly incompatible elements, that build mutual integration above and against their instinctive separation, rejection of each other.

In our case, this “true peace” — which is the foundation of life — has to be built consciously, proactively, methodically against our inherently “warmongering”, ruthlessly competitive, destructive nature.

And as history and present-day events show, we cannot actually achieve, build and sustain peace, mutual integration by ourselves. But we can learn how to consciously, purposefully, and methodically harness, utilize Nature’s single life-giving, life-nurturing, evolutionary force, that can help us act above and against our instinctive nature.

As a result, we do not only achieve peace, but we also understand how life is created, nurtured, and we become Nature’s active, conscious observers and partners in the process.

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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.