Our Influence on a Peaceful World
The dream of peace
"Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness" - Confucius, or someone else
What would we do for a world where peace reigns, and what would we sacrifice for it? We believe that war and peace are beyond our control and feel powerless, but it is us who lead the way.
We all believe that we would travel back in time if there was a chance to kill Hitler or Stalin. We learn of the atrocities in our history and vow to not repeat it. Yet, here and now in our time we close our eyes to the problems in the world that millions of people fall victim to - hunger, poverty, slavery, religious persecution, racism, psychological illness, domestic violence, greed and unscrupulousness. Anyone who once hailed a cold-hearted ruler bore his responsibility for the agony of the people, but also those who looked away and didn't act. We should not repeat the same mistakes. It is time to act now.
"History teaches constantly, but she can not find students." - Ingeborg Bachmann
Because we can change the world today, through smallest of actions we do have influence. It may they seem so small to us - by a nice word to the neighbor, a green meal or an old television -- but in these "hidden" ways, we can prevent or support war and slavery without even being aware of it. Because war does not only occur on battlefields. It comes from a false view of our world and its smallest elements, in many small decisions that are directed against us, our partners, children and co-workers, the animals in our world, our nature and even the bacteria in our bodies.
War begins in homes and neighborhoods with disputes and violence, in hospitals and asylums with radical treatments, in kindergartens and schools, in daily interactions and in the way we are educated. War begins in the supermarket and shopping malls with our purchasing decisions. In churches, mosques, temples and synagogues with religious oppression and manipulation. It begins in our fields with chemicals that kill bees and destroy the soil, and in forests with fire and chainsaws. It begins in slaughterhouses in the way we kill and treat animals, and on the stock market, which directly leads to food crises around the world.
It starts in our hearts and only we can stop it by changing ourselves. Changing ourselves is the most difficult thing to do, but the only one that leads to something great.
"War does not arise on battlefields."
This overview is not meant to curse the darkness, but to show our responsibility and our possibilities, so that many small lights can light up.
Churches, mosques and synagogues
Religion and fellowship, whether in a church or mosque, can be something wonderful and valuable to many people. Unfortunately, religious faith can lead us away from the truth by promising paradise for our afterlife rather than encouraging us to make the living world a paradise. There is the danger that it stops us from taking responsibility for our own life. When we get lost in a religion, we stop thinking for ourselves and question ourselves, our religion and the world. We live according to religious laws, rather than our own conscience and values, and we are easily influenced by religious leaders who interpret the word of God as they please. Religious wars often occurred in history because people were held in ignorance to control them. Religion served as an expedient, not as a holy grail for cognition. The compulsive control is most evident when praying five times in Islam, nobody questions the background of such a tradition or practice that comes from a past time. Most do not even dare to ask questions because they do not want to be considered bad creditors or be punished. At least when it hits this point you can no longer ignore or tolerate it, not even as a believer, since radicalism leads to murders and wars. We should stand united as humanity without being divided into religious groups and disputes.
This means that we as a society have to communicate with each other and ask questions and not blindly follow anyone. We must be able to joke about religion, no matter what, without being exposed to danger. Once we feel personally attacked and believe we have to defend ourselves when someone criticizes our religion, we have an ego problem and fall into the first stage of fanaticism. We should ask ourselves for the reason for this emotion. Because when faith is strong and honest, we do not have to feel attacked. We only do if we think we could lose it.
A faith should serve to further development. It should help us to work on ourselves, not only due to the fear of punishment or hell, or because we were promised virgins, but because we have understood through inner insight that we all have more when we treat one another with respect and love. At the end of the day, anyone can believe what he wants, as long as he does not restrict or hurt anyone else with his faith.
Fields and forests
Our conventional agriculture
We are at war with our soils and forests, against animals, bacteria and insects instead of working with them. Against wild animals that eat our crops, so that we have plants that we feed to the animals we eat instead of directly consuming the plants and protecting our soils. We see that we are losing more and more ground and yet it does not lead to a change.
We should only support farmers who are pursuing sustainable and organic agriculture. We do this through our purchasing decisions. It protects our soils, which are poisoned by over-fertilization, pesticides and herbicides and condensed by heavy equipment, and preserves our health.
"Soils are living organisms that are destroyed by modern agriculture."
Food shortages and malnutrition are one of the main causes of war and terror and the cause of millions of deaths. People who have nothing left to lose are more likely to fight in a war. People who are starving would kill for food.
Article: The Loss of our Earth
Slaughterhouses and dining tables
An ethical debate about the subject of eating animals often triggers an emotional reaction among the participants. People feel assaulted when their dietary habits are questioned like it's a religion. The personal identification, the ego, the social pressure, the education, the role models, all this does not let us form our own opinion.
"As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will also be battlefields." - Leo Tolstoy
How many of us would kill an animal with our own hands? How many of us could enter a slaughterhouse without leaving it with tears in our eyes? Nevertheless, we support this industry because we are afraid to change. But what if it's not good for the animals, our environment and also for humans, especially those who have to work for a minimum wage in cold slaughterhouses in accord? What keeps us from including all of these sentient beings - animal or human - in our circle of compassion?
Even from a health and ecological point of view, there is much to be said against the consumption of animal products, at least against our modern, far too high consumption of meat and dairy. According to an Oxford study, 83 percent of the agricultural area is used to produce animal products, but they only provide 18 percent of our calories. Without meat and dairy products, agricultural land worldwide could be reduced by as much as the US, China, the EU and Australia combined. Wildlife and nature could return and we could manage the soil gently.
The biggest cause of climate emissions is the animal industry
We have all this information and yet we do not change our habits. The advertising that was created for a trillion-dollar industry reinforces our desire. Our food culture has become a religion.
Our wastefulness causes socio-ecological problems. Climate change will continue to heat up the world and make the food situation worse. We must start to save resources and think sustainably. Otherwise, the wars can not stop and we will remain responsible.
Soldiers and politicians
War wouldn't be possible without soldiers or weapons. Never has a politician started fist-fighting against one another instead of sending soldiers. Such a thing happens at most in Eastern European or Turkish parliaments or in comic books. Governments and rulers at any time in history sent indoctrinated and manipulated, paid or unpaid soldiers onto the battlefield, filled with patriotism and fear.
But in the end, however great the pressure may be, every single soldier is responsible for his actions and his involvement in the war. He could question his orders and lay down his weapon.
We can argue that soldiers have families and only want to make a living. But these soldiers only see their small group, they do not see humanity as one. The men they try to kill have the same motivation, they have women, children and mothers. They do not face monsters, even if government or religious propaganda often creates a false image of the enemy. They are people like me and you, like themselves, who try to live their lives without seeing their destruction of lives.
Article: The Guilt of the Soldier
Supermarket and electronics market
We live in a throwaway society where everything is disposable so it doesn't jeopardize economic growth. Electronic devices have limited life spans, while fashion changes every week. It's only brings people and businesses fictitious revenue. This growth wastes important resources, costs working hours, contributes to our environmental destruction and is one of the causes of war and suffering. Through ill-considered consumption, we support slave labor and detours wars in Africa and the world. We sent our rubbish around the world and let the poorest people deal with it.
We have to consume less, and pay attention to the production to prevent slavery and child labor, while emphasizing quality to lessen the garbage mountains.
We would have cleaner air, less rubbish, less waste of resources and more time to enjoy our time instead of working so hard to make more money just to buy more. We have a social responsibility.
24/7 supermarkets are harmful, wasteful and unnecessary. There is no one who has to buy a home gym or a frozen pizza at Walmart at midnight.
Kindergarten and school
At school we learn to adapt and conform instead of growing as a person. We form cliques and exclude others to feel superior. But only if we have the strength to stand alone can we build a community, instead of labelled groups.
We do not learn necessary wisdom at school and in universities, instead more about how to pass a test and consume knowledge without questioning. We should be learning social and emotional skills that prepare us to deal with life. In the end, we go home with a piece of paper.
Bullying is a big issue in schools and teachers are often overwhelmed and can not communicate with their students. In their education they do not learn to see the child as an individual with his own value, but rather to steer it more or less externally.
Economy and stock market
The stock market is a madhouse fueled by cocaine. The madness of these speculators can drive people into hunger and poverty. It shouldn't be allowed, that people make money with the suffering of others. Such unscrupulous practices must be stopped. Speculation fulfills no social benefit and does not add any value. Each cleaning lady has a higher added value than all the punters and investment bankers put together.
Article: Life in a Plutocracy
Hospitals and asylums
The way we treat ourselves is often expressed in the way we deal with others
We are at war against viruses and bacteria, against cancer and our own bodies instead of living in harmony with nature and our environment. We are afraid of disease, although we are usually the reason why we get sick, if we do not pay attention to ourselves, are stressed, eat poorly and are too comfortable. We are at war against our own body.
But how would we punish a doctor who gives us only life advices before sending us to bed without a prescription? We would leave his practice and never return. The first step to health is to eliminate the negative factors and not to swallow any pharmaceuticals - assuming they are miracle pills. The pharmaceutical industry earns billions with our ignorance and fear. We confuse healing with disease - inflammation or fever, for example, are often the mere symptoms of healing processes. Medicine may only be supportive (suppressive?). Instead of treating symptoms, the cause must be found and resolved.
We could solve many problems without medication. These include obesity and diabetes from sugar intake and diet, allergies, degenerative and autoimmune diseases from environmental toxins and chemicals, depression and suicide from social stress, social isolation and malnutrition - but little attention is paid to natural remedies and lifestyle changes.
The greatest irony of raising a child: We give them sugary sodas and junk food, then let them sit in front of the TV for hours, yet we panic if they are not vaccinated right after birth or, god forbid, have a small fever.
"The pharmaceutical industry does not enlighten people, it frightens them, acting in a similar way to the medieval church that spread fear of hell. Pharmaceutical companies should be non-profit organizations when they pretend to act in the interest of society and do something good. No one should be able to make money from people's diseases."
The greatest progress came from improving our living conditions. A clean home, warmth and food are the main reasons for our better health. Lack of food and dirty water are the main causes of most diseases worldwide and responsible for millions of deaths.
Instead of fighting the real evil the pharma industry's has a bigger budget and revenue???, and it's a misanthropic practice if an allegedly vital drug drives you into debt. If physicians are invited by pharmaceutical agents to dinners and holidays and receive payments for prescribing the medication, the drug may not be necessary, otherwise the doctors would prescribe it without manipulation and corruption.
Article: The battlefield in our body
Houses and neighborhood
We sit in front of the TV in the evening and can not believe that someone has blown himself up again. We are filled with sadness and anger, but then we hear our children scream or hear our wife calling from the kitchen that we have to get the trash out. So we beat them up, with fists or aggressive words. On the way to the garbage bin, we meet our neighbor, whose dog has defecated onto our lawn again. We insult him until we roll on the ground and are led away by the police, covered in blood. After our release, we go to the bar and fight with someone for insulting our football club after a defeat, or for looking at the wrong woman, a woman who we believe would not ask us to get the trash out.
We see the images on TV of wars and terrorists that are far away, and think their participants are insane. Yet we overlook our daily madness and the violence within our own homes. Millions of women and men are sexually, physically or mentally abused by their partners. We quarrel with neighbors for trivial things. We riot because our sports team lost or because of dranking too much. Unfortunately, our lives are often characterized by violence and fear. And yet we can not believe that people are going to war because of religions and we think they are backward hillbillies. Even we argue about political or religious views, follow refugees on the streets, beat up nationalists or let ourselves be chased by banalities.
Wars of Religion may be more dangerous than becoming monsters for personal reasons, but they are created only by blindness, fear, and rudeness as well. Only a conscious life, in which we question each of our decisions and try to work on ourselves, leads us to the goal.
I get aggressive when I drink?
Then I stop drinking until I have control over myself.
I beat my wife?
Then I seek psychological help and start meditating and coming to terms with myself and my past.
I feel strange in my own country?
Then I stop calling out xenophobic slogans and instead try to make my own country a paradise by leading by example and intelligence, making the trenches smaller and putting pressure on politicians who are pursuing aggressive and antisocial policies, not the people who also just want a good life. When we feel helpless, it does not help us to give others the feeling of helplessness. There is only one thing that should not be tolerated, that is violence and intolerance, no matter whether it hits us by Muslims or atheists.
I hate rightists and extremists who discriminate others?
Then I do not discriminate and abuse them, but seek the conversation and a common ethic. Hate was never the solution for hate.
For each of our problems there is a solution when we start to see our problems.
It is scientifically proven how important the mother-child relationship is and how important a loving caregiver is to the child's development. Especially the first years of life are crucial in order to build up basic trust and thus trust in ourselves and other people. Essential for this are two solid and constant caregiving parents. Nevertheless, we have created a society in which it is normal to leave even infants in daycare and thus give our responsibility away.
Lack of childhood safety increases the risk of stress in the future, and thus the likelihood of physical and mental illness, and prevents serious relationships from occurring. Relationship phobias and short-term relationships become the rule.
Politicians spend money on armaments and weapons, instead of investing money in social projects, preventing the world hunger, nature conservation ... We should withdraw our voice from such politicians - whether we are right or left.
War arises in a broken society in the weakness of the people.
No ruler or politician can start a war, they can only manipulate us.
Through philosophy one can recognize the madness in this world.
In the end, we decide who we vote for and who we believe in. We must not fall for either Eastern or Western propaganda, religious promises, or fanatical teachings.
Slavery, exploitation, racism and greed. All of these are acts of war against other people or our world. Actions of an unconscious, ignorant life. They affect us all.
It is difficult to find a light when the darkness has enclosed us, but we forget that we can be this light. We can be the voice of peace. Often we overlook our influence, but every decision in our lives leads in one direction or the other.