How to Make the World a Better Place

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To make this world a better, safer place to live, there are really two things that stand out. The first is that we need to promote in whatever way possible the idea that we are all human beings and they we are in this together. The world and its resources need not be a zero sum game. Too often, we are divided by race, class, gender, nation-states, religions and we forget that we are all the same inside, that we all want the same things, and that this world has enough resources for everybody if we work together. Conflict, war, and strife are the things that make this world unsafe, more than anything else. It is estimated that 5.4 million people at least were killed in wars between 1955-2002, to say nothing of the conflicts before and after (ScienceDaily, 2008). Millions more are injured and displaced as the result of such conflicts, to say nothing of the negative impacts on economies and the lives ruined as a consequence. Conflict is rooted in the desire for power, and control over resources. Yet it is the willingness of people to be divided and see others as inherently different that allows for war and conflict. People exploit these divisions, and this often leads to armed conflict. If we eliminated the mindset of difference and division, and promoted one of unity, then the minority of people in this world who seek to conquer resources would not have the ability to do so. The factors that enable them to manipulate and use others would simply not be present. This does not
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