What Kind of World Do You Want for the 21st Century? Essay

766 Words Jul 30th, 2013 4 Pages
In 2012, the concentrated eruption of disputes in East Asia, the continued conflict between Pakistan and Israel both suggest that the haunting history has been and even is increasingly to be sources of distrust, hatred, and thus conflicts in the world. As the 20th century passed away, the 21st century has brought us a difficult task as how to deal with our tumultuous past. I hope that the world in the new century would be a world that can be at peace with its past---it would not be mired in the historical grievances, but would instead look into possibilities of the future.

William Faulkner once said: “The past is never dead, it is not even past." This still holds truth today. Decades and even centuries on, our uncomfortable historical
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Being at peace with the past firstly means that we should accept history as it is. Uncomfortable though it is at times, history should never be denied or distorted. This is because history is what brings us to where we are and what produces the problems that we face. Any denial and distortion of it brings but confusion about ourselves, about principles, and about the world we live in. What’s more, denial and distortion of history risks pushing us to the same mistakes we had made, because “history repeat itself”.
Secondly, to make peace with the past, I think all should try interpreting the history from the perspectives of others’. This is similar to what Robert McNamara proposed: “to empathize with your enemy”. The purpose is to raise humane care towards our enemy, and more importantly, to develop a more objective perspective towards history. Mutual hatred, while owes its origin to historical grievances, is often agitated by a narrow and partial view of history.
At last, I think sometimes it is necessary to let go. Why 50 years at war are remembered but thousand years of peace is not? Why should the wrongs committed by the people in the past be paid back by their later generations? And how much do we gain through the belated revenge? The history of European Union has demonstrated to us that letting go historical

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