2004 — 3rd Place — 7th
Ann Mayhew, Minnesota
Is World Peace Possible,
or does Human Nature Make War Inevitable?
I believe that world peace is never going to happen, that war
will always be around as long as mankind is around. I hold this
opinion because when we look in to the past, many times humans
chose this violent solution to a conflict, instead of a more peaceful
solution, and this reflects upon our human nature's tendency towards
was and other violence. Look through any newspaper today and it
will become obvious that humans are not, overall, a peaceful race.
The number of articles about and references to acts of violence
will outnumber those of love and compassion in almost any newspaper,
or nay other news source. One may argue that this is because violence
is the only stuff worth reporting, the only important events.
I answer this with a question: And why is that? We find acts of
violence entertaining, interesting. Acts of charity and mercy
can be just as life changing, why do we choose to report and read
only the violent? Perhaps it's in our nature.
Everyone will agree with me when I say that humans are the highest
reigning creatures on this planet. We are intelligent, complex
creatures; we analyze ideas and suggestions, promote our own.
We think, hold opinions. The reason we have these differing opinions
and suggestions and theories is because we are so complex and
because we think, and when our opinions are challenged, we can't
help but defend them, and argue. I'm sure everyone can think of
a time when they just felt the rising wave of uncontrollable anger,
and the words, as hurtful as they may sound to one's ears later,
bubbled to your lips and poured out.
Humans even promote arguments, the basis of wars, in a sense.
Debates? Courts? They're nothing more than a formal argument.
As humans we enjoy arguing, fighting. It appears everywhere. Our
movies, Saturday morning cartoons, our books, art and music, school
even. It tempts us and torments our minds even when we think it
War and fighting isn't just a part of human nature, it's a part
of nature all together. Almost all creatures fight and kill, whether
for food or protecting a nest or what not. Killing is a part of
all life, though I have to say wars among us humans are more extreme,
for we are killing our own kind and can relate to what the other
is thinking and doing and feeling, for we have the brain power
to do that, while other creatures who kill their own kind cannot
do that; it's just instinct.
Back to the original question: is world peace possible, or does
human nature make war inevitable? I'm sure anyone reading this
by now has figured out what side I'm on: world peace, whether
just among nature or complete individual peace, is never going
to happen, we humans prevent it by uncontrollable instincts. War
will always be around as long as mankind is around, and the two
will probably end at the same time.
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