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Making War Obsolete
Eureka! I have found it! I have found a way to make war obsolete. Dust off the Nobel Peace Prize. After over fifty years of futile anti-war activism, there is hope and optimism. The Goodwill Revolution is even better than I thought, because that is where the solution lies.
Considerable evidence is provided to prove that man is inherently good and the Goodwill Revolution seeks to reinforce this. On the other hand, our current money, materialism, power worshipping system undermines this inherent goodness.
Rat Race Culture
Our current culture, which I refer to as “The Rat Race” pits people against each other in a competition to get as much money, materials, and power as they can. Greed, selfishness, ruthlessness and avarice are assets in the rat race. But. kindness, sincerity, compassion are liabilities. The rat race culture has corrupted our values and our institutions. Violence and inequality are wreaking havoc. The winners of the rat race are highly respected. Losers are despised. If there are 10 participants in any race, there is only one winner, but nine losers. Similarly, the rat race creates lots of losers. This is unacceptable. In this type of culture, war receives a level of tolerance an acceptance than it should. This corrosive rat race culture has got to go.
The Goodwill Revolution
But, the rat race is not compulsory. We do have a choice. The Goodwill Revolution is that alternative. This goodwill-to-all revolution encompasses a comprehensive set of principles which reinforces and mobilizes the inherent goodness of mankind as the key to true happiness. In the goodwill revolution, kindness, compassion, and honesty are valuable assets. Greed, selfishness, ruthlessness are liabilities. War is not acceptable, but is despised and the Goodwill Revolution provides an acceptable alternative.
Principles of The Goodwill-to-all Revolution, Goodwillism
We will use all the skills, ingenuity, resources, and determination that we have been using to amass wealth in order to:
Enemy and retaliation
Seek reconciliation not retaliation
It happens all the time . An enemy has done you a great wrong. He might have insulted your mother. He might have ridiculed you. He might have told an evil lie about you. What do you do? Generally if someone does something mean to you then you want to retaliate by doing something even meaner to them. Retaliation means escalation. It’s payback time. Even if a friend does something bad to you, you want to pay the friend back. But, let’s take the worse-case scenario. An enemy does something mean to you. Shouldn’t we aim for the best possible outcome of that situation? The popular and acceptable response is to retaliate so severely that the enemy will not do it again.
But that is not the best possible outcome. The best possible outcome is that your enemy becomes your friend. And if that is the best outcome, should we not do what it takes to achieve it? Goodwillies always go for the best possible outcome first.
On the international scene, America has enemies or at least leaders we do not like for some reason or another. North Korea, Iran and Venezuela are examples. Right now we are almost at war with North Korea. Even nuclear war is a possibility! Unbelievable! We have surrounded North Korea on land and sea with the deadliest most sophisticated weapons of war. Tens of millions of lives of North and South Koreans, and others, friend and foes, hang in the balance.
This madness is not the answer. Just as on the personal level, on the international country-to-country level, the best possible outcome is to make an enemy a friend. We need to seek to improve relations with these ‘enemies’. We need to minimize our differences. The better our relationship, the better chance we have of minimizing differences. Our foreign policy should be, “To improve relationships with all governments and to work with these governments to improve the quality of life for all their citizens.”
Unless we work with the governments we might cause suspicion about our motives. We need to make it clear that although we have issues, we want to seek and maintain goodwill to all countries. Of course, this is not easy. It is complex but we will use all the skills, ingenuity, resources, and determination that we have been using to wage war to achieve this lofty goal.
We have those skills too, but let us not use blood-thirsty warmongering generals to negotiate peace. And, here is a novel idea, let’s use peacemakers to make peace.
Understandably, trust is a problem. We are the only superpower. We have invaded, destabilized, and intimidated numerous countries. We have overthrown governments. We prohibit countries from obtaining nuclear weapons while we have allocated a trillion dollars to upgrade ours We have over 700 military bases in over 130 countries worldwide. This is all the more reason why we have to take the initiative to reach out to improve relations even if our military-industrial complex objects.
But, making friends of these enemies sounds like a tall order, but it is achievable. Instead of sending bombs and troops, with the country’s permission and pledge of protection, let’s send American tourists, musical superstars in concerts there, soccer teams, basketball teams, Dennis Rodman and other goodwill ambassadors.
We dropped two nuclear bombs on Japan, but Japan is now one our closest ally. On Viet Nam, we dropped more bombs than we did in all of World War II, poisoned their lands with Agent Orange, turned their rice fields and forests into minefields, burnt their villages, and killed an estimated 2 million Vietnamese civilians, 1.1 million North Vietnamese troops, 200,000 South Vietnamese troops, and 58,000 U.S. troops. Those wounded in combat numbered tens of thousands more. Many years later President Clinton sought to improve relations there by re-establishing diplomatic relations. People don’t realize it, but this was one of the best things President Clinton did. Many American tourists have gone there since, including me. After all we have done to them, I was shocked on my visit there to learn that they like Americans. Even our American fast food franchises are scattered over that communist country. Goodwill survived and triumphed over that horrible war.
One million people dead , 4.5 million homeless, in the Iraq war. The most developed country in Africa, Libya, has been bombed back into the Stone Age. Latest reports have it that even slavery has returned there. How many more shall die? Warmongering is not the answer. Give the Goodwill Revolution solution a try.