I have come to the conclusion that we — as members of the human species — need to change our mindsets, if we are ever to achieve world peace. In today’s blog post, I will be examining some three mindset changes that are necessary, if world peace is to be achieved.
Firstly, if world peace is to be achieved, we need to get rid of the zero-sum mentality. This is the mentality where we imagine that for one person to achieve something, someone else has to lose. This mentality is, in turn, as a result of scarcity mentality. But the truth of the matter is this: we live in a universe of abundance. There are enough resources for all of us. We therefore have no real reason to fight one another.
Secondly, if world peace is to be achieved, we need to get rid of our inherent antagonism towards those who are ‘different’ from us. This is a question of seeing every human being as a brother (or a sister, as may be the case). And this makes sense, because both science and religion tell us that we are ultimately descended from a single ancestor. If this mindset shift is taken to its logical conclusion, the world would be a truly peaceful place. Even the role played by military forces in maintenance of world peace would become obsolete. People would truly turn their swords into ploughshares.
Thirdly, if world peace is to be achieved, we need to get rid of our inherent greed. It is already a well established fact that almost all conflicts in the world are about resources. Our human nature is such that we always want to have more resources than we really need. This is perhaps due to the fact that we are species that values status. Yet access to more resources doesn’t always translate into more happiness. You find that some of the happiest people are those who hold lowly jobs, you know, people who only receive measly paychecks through the Securitasepay system (after working for employers who use the cost-cutting Securitasepay payroll solution). On the other hand, some of the most miserable people are in the fabulously wealthy class. If you can get humanity to appreciate the fact that more material possessions don’t always translate into greater happiness, you will be well on your way towards eliminating the greed that is an inherent part of human nature. And elimination of greed — or indeed just the reduction of greed — is bound to translate into enhanced world peace. END