A lot of the world’s problems stem from two things: religion and resources. We have too much of the one and not enough of the other. Too many religious zealots make for an uncomfortable existence as does too little resources. We fight over both. The zealots think everyone should conform to their way of doing things. Humans are just too varied for that to be feasible. I’m not saying that all zealots are idiots or anything like that. I’m just saying that they are blind to the idea that their way is not the only way. There are many paths in the woods. It doesn’t matter which one you take, they all lead to the same place – as long as you don’t get turned around and start walking back the way you came. Religious extremists are ruining the world for all of us.
The other thing that we fight over is the availability of resources. We don’t share well. We have Haves and Have-nots, hoarders and empty hands. The Have-nots want what the Haves have. That’s just the way that it is. The Haves hoard what they have, and won’t share with the Have-nots. So the Have-nots bash the Haves over the head and take what they have, reversing the roles. That’s been going on forever. Often even if the Haves do share, they put strings on the sharing. I don’t know what the answer is there either. I’m not even sure that there is one, given human nature.
I have presented this in a black and white manner, but I know that there is a lot of gray in the world. It’s not strictly this or that, but a continuum of this into that. It’s that very continuum that helps and hinders us in our quest for world peace. There are too many different opinions out there to make any kind of lasting peace feasible. Yet when you look at the differences over the continuum, you will see that they are really small.
That’s why I think that if we could get everyone to stop and think about their neighbor, we’d be just one small step closer to peace on earth. Will we ever achieve it? I don’t know, but I have to admit that I doubt it will ever happen — not in my lifetime, anyway. We humans just aren’t geared to it. We are in constant competition with each other. That’s just the way that nature programmed us.
It’s the basis of live — everything is in competition. Species compete with species. Sub-species compete with sub-species. Individuals compete with other individuals. What we need to do is accept that we are all different and move on and that is what we have the biggest problem with.