2004 — 4th Place — 7th
Jane King, Minnesota
Is World Peace Possible or Does Human Nature Make War Inevitable?
World peace would only be possible if women had more power in
politics. There is historical evidence showing that female-dominated
societies were more peaceful than societies ruled by men. Unfortunately,
all of the matriarchal societies in history were overthrown by
patriarchals. Today, many men think that women are weak and cannot
live without having men around to protect them. Since men do not
believe that women are able to run countries, very few females
will be elected as leaders. Sadly, world peace will never happen.
For many centuries, ancient Greece was a matriarchal society.
It was made up of small, peaceful villages. The people worshipped
a female deity called Gaia and were ruled by a queen who personified
Gaia. The Greeks lived without wars until about 1900 B.C. when
patriarchals began to take over the villages. They introduced
their own male-dominated religion and government. The patriarchals
thought that women were inferior and should not be given the same
rights as men. After being taken over by the patriarchals, the
city-states in Greece were constantly at war with each other.
In modern times men and women have the same privileges in almost
all nations, but there is still much fighting and suffering in
the world. This is because most men are not willing to believe
that women are capable of doing the same things as men. Some men
even view women as toys instead of human beings.
Though world peace is ideal, it can never be achieved due to the
sexist attitudes of men. Ever since ancient times, women's strong
voices have been stifled by men's desire for power. If females
are not allowed to be leaders, there will never be peace on earth.
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