2004 — Most Philosophical 8th
Grader in America:
Michelle Adriana McGrath, New York
War or Peace? Is world peace possible,
or does human nature make war inevitable?
There are many different customs and religions, all of which mean
a lot to the people who practice and believe in them. As I grow
older and start to form my own opinions about society, I realize
people's ignorance leads them to misunderstandings of other societies.
I also know that as a thirteen year-old girl I am ignorant myself,
but I am a person who can admit this. This fact of ignorance within
the whole world is one of the reasons I feel war is inevitable.
Even today we are at war, and some people may think they know
everything that happens in the worlds of the people on the opposing
side. But who are we to judge if we have not experienced or been
able to tap into their minds and true feelings? How do we know
that some of them don't feel the least bit guilty or pressured
into fighting for their country? I can't say I know, but what
if? What if we kill people because of the image they may display
and then find out that what we thought about those people is totally
different from what they really were? This ignorance is a factor
on all sides. The truth is we will never be able to get rid of
the ignorance because of human nature. We are all filled with
different opinions and beliefs, and nothing in the world can change
Human nature doesn't only contribute to war with ignorance but
also with people's desire for power. There are many people who
feel a need for power or control over something. Some teachers
may even teach because it makes them feel in control. Some become
bosses, presidents, or even managers, and these jobs all include
power or control over someone or something. Sometimes this power,
as little as it may be, is taken out of control.
I also believe another reason that war is inevitable is because
of hate, and it is true that hatred is another feeling that comes
with ignorance and power. This makes hatred another part of human
nature. No matter what, hatred is always a part of someone in
some way, despite what they may think.
I do believe war is inevitable, and I feel this way because of
the ignorance, hatred and lust for power that is often present
in too many people of influence on society.
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