❼ Do You Know Why We Can’t Have World Peace?

This blog post is about something I think every single person should be talking and thinking about. Enjoy! xo

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Recently, I’ve been doing a ridiculous amount of reading.

I am currently reading Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

I’ve done some reading on the history of Europe & the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire

I’m also doing some reading on African Political Systems

I’m reading because I’m mystified

I cannot seem to wrap my mind around all of the terrible things happening in the news lately.

I cannot comprehend this concept of one human being conceiving plans to harm another human being for no apparent reason.

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It completely baffles me.

If you’re the type of person that feels some type of moral imperative to do something and make a difference, you might understand where I’m coming from.

Like me, you might feel overwhelmed by the things in the news.

At one point, I began to ask myself:

“what’s the point?”

What’s the point of even trying to make a difference?

What’s the point of giving $100 to charity? or throwing up a prayer here and there?

What’s the point if, every ten years, there is a war?

Get this.

In all 5,000 years of written, recorded, human history, there has never ever been a time that there was peace. Never.

That’s why beauty queens piss me off so much.

It seems all they want to do is achieve world peace and it gets on my nerves because it’s not possible.

World peace is not a realistic goal.

Why?

…because human beings exist.

And as long as human beings exist, there will always be unfortunate things like selfishness, greed, and jealousy.

Imagine a Utopia where there is complete world peace

In this utopia, everybody is satisfied with what they have.

Nobody is jealous of anybody else’s hair, car, or life.

Even in this ideal situation, I’m willing to bet that someday, somewhere, a lion would show up and eat somebody’s baby.

Even if we got rid of all the human beings and animals, you can be sure that there still won’t be peace because cockroaches would survive.

So what’s the point of trying to make a difference?

Here’s the conclusion that I have come to.

Even though there is no hope of world peace in our lifetime, there is a different kind of hope.

There is the hope of reducing the harm, hurt, and pain that a lot of people go through IF we honor the moral imperative to act on the causes that we care about.

That’s the point.

  • What social cause do you care the most about?
  • Do you watch the news?
  • Do you feel overwhelmed by it?
  • Do you have conversations about things like this with your friends?

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  • What social cause do you care the most about?
  • Do you watch the news?
  • Do you feel overwhelmed by it?
  • Do you have conversations about things like this with your friends?

8 thoughts on “❼ Do You Know Why We Can’t Have World Peace?

  1. I relate with so much of what you said, Kola. I am one of those people that finds themselves so empathetic and sensitive to the strife that surrounds us. There are times where I have to step back from everyone and everything just to get rid of some of the heaviness. You hit the nail on the head when you said that world peace cannot be reality because human beings exist. It’s a sobering, poignant reality that all of us optimists have to come to terms with. But even with that, I am reminded of a thing one of my professors said, “Your calling is not to change the world but to change someone’s world.” Here in the West, we’re so caught up in numbers and achieving things in the masses. but the reality is that those we may disagree with or have a sad misunderstanding about something we care about are more likely to listen to you or consider your view and your reality when you have a real relationship or connection with them. It is this truth that keeps me hopeful even with the reality that I cannot change the world. I’m sorry, I practically wrote a blog post here lol! I will probably end up writing a post on this subject back on my blog as well. Thanks for sharing this Vlog, Kola. :)

    1. I am right there with you, Mary!! And I really like the thought from your professor. It really helps to look at things from that perspective. i’m going to remember that. thank you! And yes, do a blog post! I love your blog ^_^

  2. Goosebumps!
    Thanks Kola for sharing your candid thoughts. They hold so much truth and I love the passion with which you tell it. although we know that world peace is an ideal that may never be fully realized, we can still seek out peace, love and unity within our spheres of influence and hopefully change our small corner of the world.
    As cliche as it sounds, a spark does start a flame and if thats all we have, then it’s enough.
    xoxo

  3. I am constantly worrying about the state of the world. And like you said, sometimes I want to give up. Other times, I do give up. Then I come back again. I avoid news channels and newspapers for this very reason but somehow, the news still gets to you. It can’t not. The only thing that keeps me going is a belief in God, a tiny hope that it will be okay. We all need to take one small step. Don’t ask too much of yourself, just hold on to the hope that you can make it through the day, through the week and through the year.

    1. I love this comment so much because it speaks directly to my heart. I particularly appreciate what you said about not asking too much of ourselves. I’m very guilty of that but like you said, at the end of the day, belief in God in everything. That’s the only way to really come to terms with all this stuff. Thanks so much, Lape!

  4. I am concerned about poverty, lack of functional education & religious enslavement. Since world peace is an illusion, I have decided to pursue community development initiatives and personal enhancement.

    In my own opinion, if more people will live for worthy causes, places once ridden with poverty & despondency will soon start enjoying basic development, personal growth and communal tranquility.

    Kola, you are a trail blazer in this area. Thank you.

    1. I’m totally with you, Danne! With this type of work, results are not always instant but in the long-run, it all makes a big difference. So thank you for this comment and all that you are already doing in your community to improve the condition of the people all around you!

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