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Is war really inevitable?

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Is War really inevitable? Throughout the history of mankind, wars and conflicts had arisen numerous times among all civilizations. Be it the huge Chinese Empire, the British Empire or the Spainish Empire, armed conflicts had always flared up no matter what forms of government, democratic or a dictatorship, a country belongs to. Strangely, it is only in humans do we see such large-scale slaughtering of each other. The reason for this is because we are sociable organisms and live in groups instead of individually. Humans also create distinctions within themselves and this is the origin of inequality. Being unequal, humans fight and reign supreme over each other on the basis that they are different. Humans also fight over resources with one another. Therefore, due to these reasons, war is inevitable among humans. Think back ten thousand years ago and you would find mankind still in a primitive state. They are unable to comprehend terms such as 'language', 'town', 'agriculture' or 'government'. This time period was what Jean-Jacques Rousseau would have called the 'natural state' of humans in which the concept of society did not exist. Humans in that time period had to fend for themselves and only the strongest would survive. In this state, war could not have developed due to the fact that humans could only satisfy their basic needs and act according to their instincts. ...read more.

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When humans start to live close together, 'kin' would extend to areas such as sharing a common language or religion. We can all learn from history the various mass killings or the horrific genocides that occurred during wartime. Many of these genocides happened because of the simple reason that the two conflicting sides had different beliefs and cultural practices. The Bosnia war in Yugoslavia, the genocide in Rwanda, the Nazi persecution of Jews and the massacre of ethnic Chinese by Japanese forces in WWII illustrated my points clearly. The very attributes that made us human beings had brought pain and suffering onto countless people. Despite the benefits of society and the characteristics that labeled us as separate individuals, humans still requires the basic items that can only be obtained from nature. Among these things includes food, water, oil etc. These natural resources assisted in the growth of the human civilization and we would not be present today had these necessities not been present. Regardless of large quantity, there is a limit to the amount of natural resources that are present at any given time. By considering how much each human being consumes everyday and the enormous population; it is no wonder that global warming is taking place at an ever-increasing rate. One raises the question of how the resources should be distributed amongst the 180+ nations around the world. ...read more.

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newspaper, radio etc.) is only possible as a result of the close association that humans had established for each other in the 'civilized state'. Despite the efforts of peace-loving groups such as the anti-war demonstrations around the world, they are not capable of challenging the aggressive policies and dictators of nations around the world. Despite the efforts to stop racial discrimination and other forms of bias, we have seen recently an increase in the number of racial violence in the world. Even in a peacekeeping nation such as Canada, it had been plagued with violence such as 'the Bloody Sunday', 'The FLQ crisis in 1970' and participations in the world wars, the Korean war and the Iraq war. For the people who think that war is preventable, let it be known to them that there is not a single country in the world that did not go to war. Try as we may, there are no solutions to prevent war erupting in the human race. We could postpone it, mediate it, or discuss alternatives to war, but in the end, war would still fall on our heads. Society is the cause of it and it does not seem realistic that we would return to the 'natural state'. The differences among humans such as race or religion would only quicken the pace of war from happening. Technology and competition for resources only reinforces my thesis and arguments further. At the present moment, we should continue to inform and educate ourselves to prepare for the time when the inevitable arrives. ...read more.

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