The Idea Of Peace

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The idea of peace is an ever changing concept that is influenced by the society of the time. In early ideas of peace, some philosophers concluded that peace is whatever God wills it to be and other believed that because peace is not something that is natural to humans and therefor peace is unattainable. In a society in which violence is not only occurring on a daily basis but seems to also be accepted by the general public, it is hard to imagine a world peace is a priority. This becomes an even greater challenge when someone attempts to define peace. The concept of peace varies from person to person and even trying to define what peace is can lead to conflict. Although there is a multitude of opinions as to what peace is, to me, peace is a society free from imperialism. Imperialism is a system in which a single empire, state, or nation, extends their authority into surrounding countries or states often by force (Citation 1). Unfortunately, this system has been the root cause for a number of wars such as the first and Second World War and tends to advocate international discrimination and a sense of national superiority. Ironically enough, some early …show more content…
Imperialism poses a threat to this method of obtaining peace because it advocates nationalism and self- righteousness and while compromising there must be a willingness to but egotistical ideas aside. Another reason imperialism poses a threat to peace is because these nations’ citizens are often conditioned to not question authority and to blindly follow. This very issue was predominate during the second world war specifically in Germany. Leaders such as Hitler, made the citizens fear questioning the government’s choices and often kept their opinions to themselves. Having been conditioned to be reserved it is easy to understand why this concept of arbitration was so radical at the

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