Peace and war are not fictional or political concepts but they are embedded in us by default. These kinds of behaviors are in our nature. These both need to be addressed before jumping to the conclusion of this question: Why war? and then Why not peace?
War is not just an absence of peace neither peace is an absence of war, nor any other way around. War is defined as an individual or collective effort of individuals or groups to achieve desirable goals or eliminate threats to one’s lives or necessities of life.
Peace is defined as a process of transformation to avoid war and adopt any measure to resolve conflicts that are converted into war. Both are only related to the sense that one follows the other.
Psychology of war and peace is all about the mental processes involved in it and behaviors displayed in this to understand those behavioral patterns and mental processes that may cause both to occur. Then the recommendations to accelerate peace processes and eliminate war and its destruction around us.
Let’s go to the first question; why war?
Immediate or prolonged conflict unresolved escalates emotions of frustration, anger, and resentment. These emotions are then expressed in power either physically or psychologically to provide oneself defense and destroy or eliminate threats. Which are necessary for their existence.
Wars are not only fought on the battlefields but also in the minds of individuals and masses. Although there is no consensus among experts which preceded and which follows. However, I agree with Joan of Arc that,” most of the battles are won or lost in mind before it really happens.”
There is no conflict over this notation that society influence individual and individuals influence in turn society. But it is totally a power game which is beyond the scope of this series of blog’s scope.
We need wars to express our feelings and frustrations. We need it because we are programmed that if we have the power we can do whatever we want to do. These concepts are good in self-help literature but in politics, it makes society into the graveyard.
The might is right or the other way around. We are watching the struggle of evil from the prehistoric period to wage wars against the power of good which teaches us to live in harmony and peace.
Peace needs the courage to transform the human mind into a compassionate powerhouse generating peace to co-exist in mutually peaceful conditions. Individuals having inner peace has the responsibility for a greater cause- the peace. Eliminating, destruction of war.
Now it is time to discuss our second question; Why not peace?
For peace we don’t need the power to influence society but courage- the inner strength to stay strong in front fears and evil. Peace needs harmony, coexistence, love, compassion, and a deep understanding of human psychology.
Peace needs dialogues wars that need weapons of destruction. Peace includes all wars exclude others. Peace is for long term war is a short-lived endeavor. Peace evolves while war erupts out of nowhere and takes everything everywhere.
We, humans, are evolved as peaceful creatures we only fight when there is an immediate danger to our lives. Now in modern age technology has taken place in every walk of life. It has totally changed war and peace and all that comes in between.
Psychology helps us to understand the underlying mechanisms of both. That we are as
Our moods, feelings, and responses or reactions are socially engineered to mindlessly decide to war. While our whole being is interested in peace. Because it provides us an opportunity to nurture our talents and reap benefits of our struggle.
Fake responses and autosuggestions, which are imposed by warlords, of this planet. Who takes benefits from war and peace both? They wage wars then advocate peace to satisfy their conscientiousness and fool humanity that they are the champions of peace and heroes of humanity.
Those of us who have inner peace and try to make peace with others know that what are these games for and how to play these games? Anyone from the above discussion can conclude that peace is our ideal environment in which every religion has prophesized in the imagination of paradise.
While war is, the social learning or modeling of animals and only exists on this planet of apes. In upcoming blogs, there will be detailed discussions of all possible mental processes and behaviors which accelerate peace and war.
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