Freedom From Disturbance, Quiet And Tranquility

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Peace Commonwealth Essay Dominic Jackson Peace. In these troubled times it seems that the only things to look back on are demonstrations of either conflict, progress or both, and the only thing to hope for is peace. Defined by the vastly clichéd Oxford Dictionary as “freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility”, peace’ has become taboo in our modern culture, as if the uttering of the word is naive and childish, which, for the more cynical among us, it is. Though we are in an age unparalleled by any other in terms of health, education, human rights, and general safety, media output has increased dramatically to cover the (relatively few) incidents that occur, and with telecommunications at an incredibly advanced state, news sure…show more content…
Almost all progress is caused by conflict!” And they are absolutely right. Even in more recent times, war has uncovered amazing advancements, like the more portable and sophisticated X-Ray machines, which have saved many lives, or the humble Twinkie. There are many more examples. However, the fact is that we have advanced beyond the point where fear is the main driving point for innovation, and have advanced into an era of curiosity. Experts from around the globe have collaborated many times to work towards a specific goal. So we are at a point where scientists, architects, engineers, and others can collaborate under the name of progress. So we have reached a turning point where war no longer pushes progress, but progress consolidates peace. The factual side of the world can unite us, but what of the fictional? Known by many names, including; “truth”, “gobbledygook”, and “plausibility”, religion is a subject that often comes under fire during conversations of peace, as history provides instances of wars due to religious differences. As shown above, however, history doesn 't necessarily define the present. Religion has the power to unify people, to create common rules which dictate what is right or wrong, and to extinguish arguments with “divine” reasoning. Religion is often proclaimed the true peacekeeper, and why not? After all, theism allowed humans to band together in their nomadic days, which allowed them to hunt larger game,
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