We hear about it all the time. Miss America says that she wants it and everyone claps. World peace, or the idea of world peace, sounds like a good thing. It’s something that everyone can agree would be a good thing and would be the ideal situation. The fact is, however, that it is impossible to attain world peace.
This may sound cynical, but hear me out.
We all know that one kid who thinks that he can do it better than the person who’s in charge. That person is usually pretty annoying, but sometimes he gets some sort of support. Whenever they get support, things start to go south. A little support from those who are in the masses can be enough to start to change the tide and shift power from those who are in a position of power to those who originally had no power.
The point that I’m trying to make here is that there’s always someone who thinks that they can do it better than those who are in power. That leads to conflict. Some conflict eventually will lead to violence. I had someone tell me earlier today that if John Lennon had never died, world peace would have been attained and we all would have been able to understand each other and we would have known world peace. It think that’s really cute and idealistic, but totally unrealistic.
The United States of America would not be a free and independent nation without war. Slavery would not have been abolished without war. We can’t assume that since we have ended the things within our country that world peace is something that is a realistic goal for the rest of the world. There are other problems that are bigger than ours.
On top of all this, our role as the world police is something that we have to drop. We have enough problems internally to suggest that maybe we don’t know what’s best for everyone else, and we don’t have the money to spend to enter into more foreign conflicts that we weren’t invited into. If one of our allies is attacked, then we should intervene, but I am advocating for a near-isolationist policy being integrated into our government.