PEACE & war

PEACE & war

There would be less war if….

There would be less war if political and military leaders were required to fight on the front

There would be less war if battles weren’t fought in places that are distant from most of us

There would be less war if political leaders and the media didn’t demonize or dehumanize other groups, countries and religions

There would be less war if we didn’t learn to fear those that are different from us

There would be less war if war wasn’t profitable for some

There would be less war if political leaders weren’t permitted by the people to use war as a distraction from their inability or unwillingness to improve domestic issues

There would be less war if we didn’t focus on the things that divide and separate us

There would be less war if basic needs like food, water, shelter, safety, security, and freedom were met and were secure for all people

There would be less war if governments and political leaders were honest with citizens

There would be less war if we didn’t equate patriotism to following political leaders and treason as speaking out or opposing leaders

There would be less war if more citizens took an active approach to staying informed and educating themselves on world affairs

There would be less war if more people traveled to places with different cultures and beliefs

There would be less war if the media challenged government foreign policies on their merits rather than engaging in partisanship by giving “their side” a free pass and demonizing the opposition

There would be less war if we didn’t see the world as black or white, righteous or evil and realized that much of life is complex and nuanced

There would be less war if the media honored its responsibility to inform its citizenry and provide a check to government

There would be less war if large corporations and billionaires couldn’t outspend citizens on political contributions and disproportionately influence government policies

There would be less war if governments were more transparent and had to justify their actions to their citizens and the international community

There would be less war if national leaders focused on improving the conditions under which their citizens lived rather than expending energy and resources to undermine other countries and degrade conditions for their citizens

There would be less war if we didn’t believe that our way is the only way

There would be less war if we didn’t inherit the lust for empire from our ancestors

There would be less war if we valued cooperation over competition

There would be less war if societies didn’t produce so many angry and fearful people

There would be less war if we learn the lessons history has to teach us

There would be less war if the military strength of the nations were more balanced

There would be less war if nations could trust one another

There would be less war if nations didn’t feel threatened by one another

There would be less war if we really believed and practiced the faiths we profess

There would be less war if leaders truly believed peace was the best course of action for their nations

There would be less war if we didn’t suppress the divine feminine

There would be less war if there was a military draft and all citizens were eligible for military service regardless of their wealth, power or influence 

There would be less war if peace lovers weren’t perceived as weak by some and as a threat by others

There would be less war if we heard all sides of the disputes between nations

There would be less war if the United Nations were more powerful than all nations

There would be less war if we weren’t so materialistic

There would be less war if we revered our home and shelter, Mother Earth

There would be less war if we didn’t see ourselves as lords over the earth and its creatures but rather as a part of an interconnected and interdependent whole

There would be less war if there was less greed

There would be less war if the leaders of the world’s major religions spoke out and took action against it

There would be less war if we realized that we are all one and that causing harm to one causes harm to all

There would be less war if there were more independent critical thinking instead of blindly following the ignorant and destructive policies of so-called leaders

There would be less war if we valued wisdom over intelligence and compassion over cleverness

There would be less war if we were not willing to trade life for money, land or resources

There would be less war if we didn’t project our shadow onto others

There would be less war if we didn’t believe that one life was more important than another

There would be less war if we didn’t forget that might doesn’t make right

There would be less war if we realized that violence breeds violence and hate breeds hate

There would be less war if we could muster up more empathy and compassion and the ability to walk in another’s shoes

There would be less war if we understood the tremendous value and benefits of peace

There would be less war if we were less indifferent

There would be less war if we were less distracted

There would be less war if we could resolve our personal pain to more clearly see the pain of others

There would be less war if the most powerful force on earth was committed to peace

There would be less war if enough courageous and compassionate people stood up for peace

There would be less war if we could forgive

There would be less war if we weren’t conditioned to believe war is a normal state of existence

There would be less war if we understood that the overwhelming majority of people in the world want the same things…the basic necessities of life including clean water, land and air, food, shelter, clothing, to be treated with respect and dignity, peace, the ability to care for their family, to practice a faith (or not), and to have some fun. 

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