Will there never be an end to war and strife?On it's face this question is ridiculous -- of course the answer is "No", and wars are only going to get worse -- the population is expanding and the Earth doesn't have the ability to support them all in the way to which previous generations have become accustomed.
But then I remembered a "Saturday Night Live" skit I once saw. In the skit, 4 guys in a garage band are rocking out the song "Gloria" and they clearly totally suck out loud. When they take a break, one of them informs the other his dad was able to get a recording company producer to come and listen to them. Of course they think they are going to be famous, but when the producer arrives, they give him the worst possible performance. At the end he looks at them and says, "Boys, I'm going to do you a huge favor. Lots of bands like yours spend years searching for that big break, for the validation that will make them rich and famous. But I will save you those years. You suck. Go to college or become insurance salesmen because you certainly aren't musicians. You're just terrible, the worst I've ever heard. Goodbye." And he leaves. Of course the boys are heartbroken, their dreams dashed. Suddenly, one of them starts wailing on the guitar. The others look at him as if he is crazy. "What the hell are you doing?." they ask him, "An expert said we sucked." And the guitar player said, "Yeah, he did. But he didn't say *I* sucked. So I must be awesome and it's you guys who suck." And within minutes they all agree with him and are wailing away terribly, secure that they will be rich and famous rock-n-rollers.
War is like this. So far we've had Abraham, Christ, Buddha, Confucious and a host of other intrepid and influential philosophers tell us that war is not the answer and some major religions sprung up around them spouting the mantra to "Love they enemy" and "Forgive" and to "Return evil with good" and so forth. But over time, all they were doing was saying the words and whenever the need came to pick up the gladius or the halberd or the blunderbuss or the AK47, they did so with the secure knowledge that the "Master was on our side!" and they went out to kill for Christ or some such thing.
War is NEVER going to end. Beyond the fact that people like it too much -- look at the constant flow of books, magazines, pinterest sites, e-bay souvenir sales and so forth --, as soon as Country A has something Country B wants, Country B will try to take it from Country A by force. It's only going to get worse. Certain Chinese defense ministers have advocated taking half the US or Canada simply to get the clean air and water. Russia once threatened the US with nuclear annihilation if it turned out that Monsanto GMO really was responsible for killing all their bees. Mexico has threatened the US over reduced water from the Colorado River into Mexico. People will fight over ANYTHING. In the Iliad, a major world war was fought over a woman's honor. War is fought over pride, or avarice or for revenge or for fun, like the War of 1812 or the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. I think it was Einstein who said that he didn't really know how WW3 would be fought, but he suspected that WW4 would be fought with sticks and stones. That's not the ironic thing -- the ironic thing was that despite his grim underlying prediction that the world would be so devastated that a new war would be fought with primitive weapons, he took it for granted that a war would be fought nevertheless.
War maybe. Strife no.
The number of wars and the percent of the human population killed or maimed in war, believe it or not, has been on a very distinct, downward path for the last several centuries. Notwithstanding the blaring front pages, and some truly awful episodes, wartime casualties are near their all-time low over the last decade. The reasons for this are many, but the overwhelming driver of that decline appears to be the spread of capitalism and democracy. People of property and means generally have the most to lose in a war (aside from the relatively tiny minority involved in arms manufacture), and are loath to risk it in war or use it to support wars that almost invariably leave them poorer. This tendency is especially pronounced in democracies, where most people will be required to sacrifice, including putting themselves or their children at mortal risk. This is probably why two established democracies* have never engaged in war with each other, and rarely erupt into civil war. As long as economic and political power continue to get spread amongst individuals via markets and votes, this trend is likely to continue until wars become very few and far between.
Strife is another matter altogether. As long as it is easier and more profitable to take something than it is to make it, people will try to take it, by force or fraud. One of the more disturbing trends in advanced societies is what appears to be a plateauing of respect for property and law. When people begin to think that the market is "rigged" they lose respect for property, even if those with relatively little also suffer from policies and acts that undermine property rights. Similarly, when a political system looks "rigged," e.g., in the form of an unassailable majority (or incumbency) that uses the law to advance its agenda against a minority, people--on BOTH sides--lose respect for the laws, risking greater strife and chaos. So, we may see more strife before we see less.
Personally, I am optimistic that property rights and minority protections, along with the spread of political enfranchisement, will increase over the long term, making more societies more peaceful and prosperous. Unfortunately, not in my lifetime.
* Established means that they have a record of free and fair elections, and have no expectations of bloodshed in the run-up to or aftermath of elections.
Before saying Yes/No, let me first enlist some root causes of any war:
1.Religious fundamentalism: which not only triggers conflicts but also contributes to the suppression of women;
2.Global warming, which might produce ecological crises that spur social unrest and violence;
3.Overpopulation,particularly when it produces a surplus of unmarried, unemployed young men and;
4.proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, with nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons, not to mention jumbo jets-has grown.
Another reason-"Desire to extend land areas by nations" is a consequence of all the above 4 reasons.
Yes, there can be an end to war and strife. If not "an end" then atleast an "allevation" to great extent is possible. Here is Why/How:
Many people say that war has deep biological roots. But primates, and especially humans, are "very calculating" and will abandon aggressive strategies that no longer serve their interests. "War is evitable, if conditions are such that the costs of making war are higher than the benefits."
"Urban myth of inevitable aggression" blames the hormone testosterone.Aggression in primates may actually be the cause of elevated testosterone, rather than vice versa. Moreover, artificially increasing or decreasing testosterone levels within the normal range usually just reinforces previous patterns of aggression rather than dramatically transforming behavior. "Social conditioning can more than make up for the hormone!"
If aggression is part of our nature, so too, are cooperation, conflict resolution, and reconciliation. For decades,it has been observed how apes and monkeys avoid fights or quickly make up after them by sharing food, grooming each other, or even hugging and kissing.
These traits are especially pronounced in the ape species Pan paniscus, more commonly known as bonobos have markedly different lifestyles. "No deadly warfare, little hunting, no male dominance, and enormous amounts of sex." Their promiscuity, he speculates, reduces violence both within and between bonobo troops, just as intermarriage does between human tribes. What may start out as a confrontation between two bonobo communities can turn into socializing, with sex between members, grooming, and play.Environmental factors contribute to the bonobos' benign character; food is more abundant in their dense forest habitat than in the semi-open woodlands where chimpanzees live.
Good Afternoon, Pratik
To see the answer to your question, you must look around you. You must note that individuals do not always agree with each other, and, sometimes, those disagreements lead to violence.
That much is easy.
What is more difficult to grasp is the way politicians learn to use our natural differences to achieve power. They profess the righteousness of one side or another of some issue to attract support for their version of a solution. Then, they inflame the public to increase support for their 'side'.
In politics, the 'sides' are called political parties. Political parties were not ordained by God, they were invented by power-seeing politicians. They do not seek solutions that serve the people, they seek division and confrontation. That's how they maintain their power.
Can we put an end to War and Strife?
If we want to eliminate war and strife, the first step is to find a better way to select our political leaders. We have no shortage of outstanding people among us. Our problem is to find a way to seek them out and raise them to positions of political leadership.
Do we have the wisdom and the energy necessary to take on that challenging task? It's not difficult. It's just 'different'.
There is a lot going on in these comments. I think everyone is taking more of the "logical" approach to answering. Honestly the logical aspect of it popped in my mind but something much more than that oozed in moments later.
Without war, strife, disasters, diseases, heart break, sorrowfulness, and even hate then how could we even appreciate what we have in the first place? I imagine the imagery in "Brave New World" and how everyone's purpose in life is just to live for the sole purpose of living and for the idea of perfection.
Without pain, how will we know what true happiness is? I believe you can only know what true happiness means when you have experienced the worst possible situation for your mentally and/or physical state. You can't appreciate what you have and learned until you know what it is like to live without it.
The people who've gone through the most are either cold stoned hearted or the biggest blubbery suckers on this earth.
People need to find the perfect balance like Yin and Yang. Modern society certainly showcases Yin's personality but without Yin there wouldn't be a Yang.
Sometimes people focus more on the negative aspect of life and fall in a deep stone-like state, devouring Yang's side of the heart.
However much hate in this world, I am sure there is an equal love some where (or someone) in this world awaiting for the clock to churn.
See actually the war is not a solution for any problem but yet the country are fighting because if no option is left by ur opponent and they are not ready for any peace talk and infiltrate in ur border then war is the left option .no one aim for killing the civilian especially children and women but yet they have todo this to win the war for their motherland they have to do this otherwise they will lose .but as all knows our nation never started any war but it is forced to fight .