Peace Reflection Paper

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We all hear the word peace, but how can we define it? It may sound easy but, it is far more complicated than one may think; we cannot just have a blunt answer. My view of peace, different from another person’s, would be a Marxist and Realism view. Marxism is the view that control should be given to us and not the government, while realism is the view to see the actual truth. I believe peace in our society should be as negative peace with no violence, basically a pacifist type, which would be no war against all means of violence. This is hard to see in our age of society, perhaps not even possible, but I think it should be like this. I chose this definition because it best describes to me how the society I live in will best function without…show more content…
I see peace as something different from what you see peace as, so everyone has their own interpretation and in a sense, Galtung can be saying that even different countries have different means of peace and religions/cultures, like the Latin Americans and Africans have different definitions and showings of peace. So to start off Galtung’s views, peace is positive and negative. With this he sees four options with conflict which are, 1) A wins and B loses, 2) A loses and B wins, 3) solution is postponed because neither side feels ready to end the conflict, and 4) a confused comprise is developed with neither side being happy. I believe Galtung has the right idea of peace but I don’t think that we can achieve his idea due to the reason that we all have different understandings and interpretations of peace. Some people might think war is needed for peace while others might believe the contrary; war is never needed for peace. Cultures have different meanings of peace which is another reason we can never just have an understanding of total…show more content…
We will always have conflict, and people like the United States might just start a war and get different countries involved. I do think we can get a good understanding of it with social movements and large groups focused on a specific issue, just like Galtung would say. I also believe that Kant had the right idea of saying “War is something made by humans.” Kant’s perspective is totally right because with conflict, comes war. Webel talks about war bringing peace after all is done, but I don’t tend to believe this because when someone let’s say loses at something, they want to go at it again to win and they will try to win with any possible mean. This can be very violent and suggests the opposite of peace. I do agree that peace can’t be perfect because even if I believe we should have the control and government shouldn’t, we are humans and we make mistakes sometimes or let our emotions get the best of us. I feel that if we as a whole actually try to become pacifist’s, peace can start. I’m not saying that we will have 100% peace, I’m just saying it’s a really good start. Gandhi promotes nonviolence and by this, peace can start to form, which is the way we should be
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