Friday, December 5, 2014

And There Will Be Peace...Or Maybe Not

Welcome to another installment of secret subject swap. This week, 12 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. Links to all the blogs will be listed below. 

My “Secret Subject” is:

You have one opportunity to secure world peace. The only condition is it's based solely on what you're willing to sacrifice. If you make a big enough sacrifice, the world will have unending/eternal peace. Don't make a large enough sacrifice, things will continue as is. What sacrifice do you make? What sacrifice is just too big?

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My fellow Bloggers, I feel that if every single person on this planet just had better understanding of what it’s like to walk in each other’s shoes, if we all were capable of a little more empathy, we could resolve every conflict that plagues our global community. If we could just spend some time gaining perspective on what each of our lives is worth, we could finally begin to see those conflicts resolve. With just a little more effort in understanding each other’s plights, we could finally attain something that is forever sought but always manages to elude us—world peace.

Sound like bullshit? It kind of is.

"World Peace" is an abstract term that really has no true meaning. I’m not saying that the idea of wanting world peace is a negative, hokey thing. It’s not. But when you think about it on a deeper level, the entire idea of it creates more questions than anything. What would world peace actually entail? Settlements to all human arguments? Squashing all religious strife? Resolving all social inequality making every human no matter what race, belief, gender, or sexuality completely equal in every society across the globe? Tackling all social issues that lead to any sort of strife? Closing the gap on income inequality? Ending world hunger? Giving everyone fresh drinking water and access to education? Establishing democracy and free market capitalism across the globe leading to the bigger question of whether or not democracy and capitalism encourage war? What does peace look like and entail for other cultures? Would it be the same? Would it be morally reprehensible to force one idea of peace on every culture worldwide?

See, here’s the thing… You can’t simply end all wars to establish world peace. There’s a reason that so many conflicts pop up continuously across the world. It takes more than resolving the disputes already in progress in order to have any modicum of peace. Those clashes have longstanding histories that have created out of control social issues that a wave of a magic wand would never touch unless humanity itself were changed. What part of the human condition across the board would have to be altered or subtracted or added to in order to make eternal world peace possible? Would we have to become mindless zombies that are no longer able to stand up to our governments or even each other? Would the collective progress of the world be stopped because people can no longer take risks that would lead to change? Could change exist in a world that is blanketed by peace or does change inherently come with strife and disagreements which threaten to unravel the docility of the world?

As great as world peace is in thought, I don’t think I can live in a world where change can’t happen. Some of the biggest changes that have played out in humanity were revolutionary, rebellious. Bloodshed was an unfortunate by-product of those revolutionary actions, but where would we be without them? Where would be without riots and coups? Where would peaceful protests have gotten the American Revolutionaries when it came time for this country’s independence? As much as it sucks to think of casualties as a necessity to progress, sometimes that’s the bitter truth of it. And, I don’t want to live in a world where that can’t happen. I don’t want to lose the part of my humanity that pushes me to right a wrong no matter the consequences.

So, to answer the question, I wouldn’t sacrifice anything for world peace. I do want a more peaceful world. To be clear. I want a more socially conscientious world with equality, where people aren’t dying of starvation every 4 seconds, where people have access to water—clean drinking water, where people have access to education and aren’t stoned to death for being raped. I want a culture here in America where black men aren’t 21 times more likely to be killed by police and where rioting is an option but maybe the unheard voices are fewer and fewer. I would and will devote my life to being a catalyst of social change…for fighting the good fight and being an ally, but there’s no sacrifice that I, a sole person, could ever make that would be enough to establish a world peace that I couldn’t fully believe in to begin with…


Thanks for reading. I enjoyed the way this prompt made me think so I hope no one gets the feeling that I'm poking fun at it with my overanalyzed, non-answer to the question. This is simply the only answer I have for something I feel is such a highly complex discussion. Anyway, here are the links to the other blogs! Grab a cuppa and enjoy :)                          Baking In A Tornado                                       The Momisodes                          Spatulas on Parade                            Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                        Stacy Sews and Schools             The Bergham’s Life Chronicles               Evil Joy Speaks                    Juicebox Confession                       Confessions of a part-time working mom           Silence of the Mom                         Sparkly Poetic Weirdo                         Climaxed


  1. ".... I don’t want to lose the part of my humanity that pushes me to right a wrong no matter the consequences. "

    Spot on!

    As always, I love and appreciate where the prompts take you and the way you take your time and analyze the subject.

  2. Although I completely agree that strife and conflict are the catalyst to change, I have to admit that I'd love to see world peace in terms of the way we resolve that conflict, which is often bloody and harmful.
    Great piece as always. You really got me thinking.

    1. I totally agree with that. It's why I push for social change so much even when I know the things I say are sometimes falling on deaf ears. There are ways to obtain a more peaceful world, I think, than just blanketing it with a magical sort of peace...if I just sacrifice enough. If it were to happen overnight, we'd have to really lose a lot of ways to make the changes that need to be made in order for a more peaceful society to exist on its own. At least that's the way I see it.

  3. A very thoughtfully written piece. Great job!!

  4. Phew, tough prompt - but who if not you could take it and turn in into a piece (peace, haha) that makes us all think?

  5. Thanks for the realistic approach. I'm in agreement.

  6. Bravo, job well done on the prompt.
    Spatulas On Parade

  7. Excellent. I love what you did with my prompt! I'd sacrifice some for peace. I'd probably sacrifice more for... better abilities to resolve conflicts in less deadly ways, an end to famines, an end to poverty, etc
    Peace would definitely be wonderful, but there are things that are much more needed. I loved your piece on peace!

  8. I like how you answered the prompt. And I Love the answer! Being a catalyst for better things in this world. I LOVE IT.