Conditions of Peace

In sum, war amounts to a breakdown of social order, in addition to amounting to the imposition of one’s political will through the employment of force. In turn, however, the restoration of social order arguably consists of three elements. For one, there is the element of “harmony of interests” between the world’s major powers. Second, there is the issue of curtailing the autonomy of central bank money and its ability to print at will and manipulate the world’s money supply for political purposes. And third, there is the need to be cognizant of the pluralistic nature of international society.

Moreover, and as mentioned in previous blog posts, war is essentially the outcome of a diplomatic and political process which fails to align the interests of the conflicting parties, but particularly the interests of the world’s major powers. In turn, “the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.” Hence, “might makes right.” These social realities explain the failure of small countries such as Afghanistan, Ukraine, and others who have sought to remain “non-aligned” in major power conflict but are drawn into it nonetheless.

And historically, the grouping of small countries such as in the case of the “Non-Aligned Movement” (NAM) and regional organizations have also been brought under the sway of major power competition in many cases. And what is unfortunate for small countries like Ukraine and others is that major power competition and major power conflict is perpetual. And as a result of the perpetual nature of major power competition and conflict, there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel for small countries like Ukraine and others. Also, personal experiences like mine can attest to the reality of vulnerable countries and even individuals getting crushed by bigger powers, thus the phenomenological essence and slant to this research and writing.

And in terms of the pluralistic nature of international society, Washington has to reckon with the reality that international society consists of much more than just mainstream liberal thought and zealous neoconservatism. As William James wrote in a book titled “A Pluralistic Universe”:

“Everyone is nevertheless prone to claim that his conclusions are the only logical ones, that they are necessities of universal reason, they being all the while, at bottom, accidents more or less of personal vision which had far better be avowed as such; for one man’s vision may be much more valuable than another’s, and our visions are usually not only our most interesting but our most respectable contributions to the world in which we play our part.”

Lastly, there is the issue of curtailing the autonomy of central bank money and ‘dark money,’ the precedent for which was Germany and Europe after World War II. It is worth noting that when Germany and Europe as a whole decided to curtail the autonomy of its central bank money and ‘dark money’ after World War II, there has been peace in Europe ever since. The renewal of conflict we are witnessing in Europe at the moment is most likely the result of central bank money and ‘dark money’ having gone unbridled yet again in Continental Europe. As the Buddhists have said, two things are never at rest: money and the devil.

But as naïve as it may seem, truth lies in large part within art, and art is one of the few avenues of relief which human beings have from the pain and suffering that has always been ubiquitous in human and social life. Music, for instance, moves emotion more than anything else. And as Bertrand Russell said, art is the transformation of pain into pleasure. In turn, poetry is our recourse when mere words fail to deliver a message. Although it is always timely to reflect on Saadi, it is perhaps timelier now than ever before, even if there are those who would dismiss it as childishness or naivete:

“Of One Essence is the Human Race,

Thusly has Creation put the Base.

One Limb impacted is sufficient,

For all Others to feel the Mace.

The Unconcern’d with Others’ Plight,

Are but Brutes with Human Face.”

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