Don’t look too hard for the answer, because peace is right before your eyes


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By SOREN LUTHER
The Mirror reporter

Think of a world where everyone is safe, happy and healthy. Think of a world where your gender, race, age, physical or mental ability doesn’t matter. Think of a positively run society that incorporates the brilliance of human intellect in order to create a peaceful world. This sweet dream could become reality.

Violence. Death. Destruction. 

These are all horrors that most would agree to be unethical and immoral, yet they are events happening in the world right now. Why you may ask? Well, unfortunately, it’s because of us. It is because of our childish and immature idea that if we want something, we should take it.

“There never was a good war or a bad peace.” – Ben Franklin

According to The New York Times, “Estimates for the total number killed in wars throughout all of human history range from 150 million to 1 billion.” One billion people. That’s more than double the population of the U.S. and the U.K. combined. Why are we doing this? How is it helping anyone or anything in the big picture?

People will argue that war settles arguments or that war can protect the innocent. While there is no doubt that war can protect people, it is certainly not a practical or moral technique that should be used. And yes, war can settle arguments. It can settle arguments by destroying the ones who disagree. It can settle arguments by killing thousands upon thousands of people. It can settle arguments as a child would.

“We live in a world where we have to hide to make love, while violence is practiced in broad daylight.” – John Lennon

The earth has been not only surviving but thriving, for billions of years. Why is it now, in the 21st century, that the earth is beginning to die? Well, I have a simple answer for you. It’s because of us.

It’s because of our bombs, our pollution and our chemicals that are changing the world into a place of destruction. The next big extinction has begun, and it’s up to the creators to undo it. Not only does war hurt people, but it also hurts the planet.

Stopping war may seem like an impossible task that cannot and will not be accomplished. This is not the truth. We are in charge of what we do and we have every right and ability to stand up, as a community, as a nation or even was a world in order to prevent further destruction.

Take a stand with peaceful ways and start small. Do something that benefits your community. Spread the word to your friends. According to AlterNet, we can educate ourselves on the issues, take our cases to the community and communicate with others in order to prevent war.

“War is organized murder, and nothing else.” – Harry Patch, last surviving soldier of World War I

Nothing will happen without action. We must do what is right before it is too late to save the human race and before it is too late to save our world.