Below is a comment I wrote, here fleshed out a bit, in response to a post by Richard Regener, entitled, "Can World Peace Ever Become Reality?" And in my hubris, I decided it was good enough to share as a topic of general conversation. My take is that peace is an unnatural state for a living planet. What's yours?
It's not a mistake to "act naturally". Human species want to survive like other species. Individual humans take actions that will enhance survival, or if they don't, their survival is endangered. Therefore it is natural for humans to fight against perceived threats. It makes great Darwinian sense for species to naturally do things which enhance their chances of survival. Starvation being a perceived threat, it is only natural for a species to relish the act of killing and eating prey. It makes sense that if the acts were carried out with gusto and enthusiasm, that they are more likely to succeed. If the hunter species has reason, then they are more likely to cooperate in the hunt. If such a hunt were successful, the many would have food to eat and the survival of the collect would be enhanced. Seeing this as desirable, and seeing that such an enhancement had been due to the hand of the hunter, the hunter may believe that he holds some special power over those who partook of the meat without joining the hunt. This can lead to illogical but intoxicating feelings such as arrogance, power, hubris, etc. The hunter, being well sated, may still desire the 'rush' or intoxication in the hunt, and illogically project his feelings of power to others of his tribe, especially those who did not participate through weakness, old age, or child-bearing. The relish remains, but the hot dog with inadequate reasoning powers can't cut the mustard, and ends up jeopardizing their own chances by being 'too smart for their own good.' Now the successful hunter has taken a road which is very likely to lead to conflict on an ever larger scale, ironically endangering the very survival that reason originally had enhanced.
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In this light, I submit that the phrase "world peace" describes a state of being unnatural to humans, in fact to this whole planet. If you want a peaceful world, go to a barren planet where nothing ever happens because no matter or energy ever interacts. And make sure you go alone.
World peace is overrated, and I daresay, it sounds really boring, if not oppressive. No thanks to that.
I admit this is chopped and rough, but so was the Gettysburg Address, pardon my hubris.