Assign 2 Peace
According to the Webster’s dictionary, peace means "freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility." The definition that I can relate to most and appears to be most appealing is, “the occurrence of harmony characterized by the lack of violence." This definition explains best what we as individuals might mean when we say, all we want is peace, or an occurrence of harmony in our lives. Before this assignment, I always thought of peace in terms of war around the world and the lack of peace amongst countries fighting each other. I thought of it as the absence of fighting at home. I never knew how big the Peace Movement was. I did not realize it was ...view middle of the document...
What was the purpose of this punishment, I thought. Punishment is how we fix behavior; therefore, teaching us that war will, in fact, fix issues around the world because, in essence, it is a punishment of a nation.
MaCarthy points out that Colin Powel says one of his biggest accomplishments was recruiting the largest number of high schools students to sign up for the Army. High School students signing up to prepare, train and anticipate a War. What are our leaders teaching us, our kids, our world? One of the most interesting points that he made, which goes back to the racism and classism, that I spoke about before, is that the rich do not go to war. He is right. The rich do not go to war because their kids are attending Ivy League schools preparing to be the future leaders of the world. Meanwhile, some poor, disenfranchised kid in Harlem, NY is trying to figure out how he is going to pay for college. The Army offers free education, which means no stress for mom and dad. They will go and train to kill people, other humans just like them, and in return they will be provided with a free education and a great career. Is it free? The point is that once an individual joins a military organization they will never be free. In exchange for an education a small salary and benefits, the organization owns you for the best years of your life, your youth.
In Jody Williams TED Talk, she talks about building a military as a form of defense. We prepare a strong military to ensure that our country is prepared to defend itself if needed. Instead, we build a military to invade other countries. She bought up a good point on how much money is spent to ensure that our country, our resources are secure. Trillions of dollars are spent on making guns, war tanks, and preparing for war every year. We can see what the country values the most based on where it is spending its resources. If the country spent even 2% of what it spends on security on education, we could see a real change in the world as we know it.
John Hunter and his world peace game is a game changer, as he describes it in his TED Talk. He is teaching critical thinking, conflict resolution and real world issues. How many teachers do we have that care enough to create an environment like this? Again, it begins in the classroom, with the young children. Teaching them the value of solving problems by strategy, by non-violence. As a nation, I say...