Relative Peace. Is it worth fighting for?

August 16, 2008 at 1:37 PM 20 comments


After many months and some humorous posts, I thought about writing a post on another serious topic. And there it was! It was “Independence Day” on August-14th in Pakistan and the next day August-15th in India. This led me to wonder- Are we really Independent? I vote to say NO. Why? Even though we are supposed to be a democratic nation, we are in fact a bureaucratic democracy. Now politics is not the reason I am writing this post. It is for an entirely different reason: WAR!. After World War 2, there have not been any displays of violence by any nation that equals WW2 or exceeds it. That is however, a good thing. But the war on Iraq and other “Small Scale” wars according to the UNO are necessary steps to maintain Relative Peace.

This leads us to wonder. What is this relative peace that I keep stating about so often? It is the co-existence of many nations in a condition where they are apparently not fighting with each other. The diplomatic relations between any 2 nations might be that they are not at war. But under all the dust and soot, a war of superiority could be raging.

After ages during which the earth produced harmless trilobites and butterflies, evolution progressed to the point at which it has generated Neros, Genghis Khans, and Hitlers. This, however, I believe is a passing nightmare; in time the earth will become again incapable of supporting life, and peace will return.
-Bertrand Russell

On the other hand, I always thought; “There can be no peace without war”. This, according to me is true to an extent. Sometimes, tyranny and conspiracies are not expected and openly done. This leads us to another point. What is the cause for all this HATE and VIOLENCE that is developed in the hearts of people? I answer RACISM! This is the reason for almost all the wars that have been fought in the world. While we think of preserving all the culture and traditions of OUR ancestors, we are more intent on destroying the same of other cultures. This is seen even today in the smallest walks of life. The solution? Acceptance of other religions as good enough as our own. There is no religion which is better than the other. Religion is the grouping together of people who believe in particular ways of worshiping the supreme being. Some may build statues of their conceptions of god. Others may paint them. Some others may attribute them to nature.

Different ways to look at god does not mean that there are different gods. It is like this. When we think of water, there are ponds, lakes, rivers, seas and oceans. These reflect the statement: One being, different forms. There are also groups of people who say there is no god. That there is no supreme being which controls the workings of the universe. Referring to the above example, these people think of god as vapor. They do not want to believe in it. But that doesn’t mean it is not there. No offense to any Atheists. These are MY views on religion. Please excuse me if ANY religion or way of life has been offended by this post.

Concluding my relentless ranting, I wish to say: Equality is not a concept for a fiction novel. It is a fact/truth; embrace it!

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20 Comments Add your own

  • 1. apoorva  |  August 16, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    hey…good one…
    i agree with u…v r still not INDEPENDENT…
    n one more cause for VIOLENCE n HATE is GREED…
    NO ONE IS SATISFIED WITH WHAT THEY HAVE…
    SENSIBLE POST I MUST SAY….

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  • 2. Nikhil  |  August 16, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Good post, dude.. I would have shared most of your views on this one! šŸ™‚

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  • 3. Anniyan  |  August 16, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    @Apoorva
    Thanks. I wanted to convey a message to the blogging community. And I hope I was successful in doing that.

    @Nikhil
    Thanks dude. šŸ™‚ Great minds think alike huh? šŸ˜€ šŸ˜›

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  • 4. smallstar  |  August 16, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Great post, buddyyy!!!

    Mmmh I think war is caused by money, more than racism. And… Everyone should really be free to follow the own religion. Nobody have to be superior. We all are EQUAL, BROTHERS AND SISTERS.

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  • 5. Anniyan  |  August 16, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    @Smallstar
    Thanks! šŸ™‚ I accept money is ONE of the causes. But racism is the major cause. More than 90% of the wars are because of the latter. Thanks once again SISTER šŸ™‚

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  • 6. smallstar  |  August 16, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    @Anniyan: I haven’t said that money is the only cause of war… But I have just said a my thought (that however money are becoming a real problem for the society, and I can’t accept this.)

    *HUG, BROTHER!*

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  • 7. arvind  |  August 16, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    good post ..
    we are just virtually independent .before the Britishers ruled ..now politician’s rule ..
    they fight among themselves and do what they want ..

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  • 8. Anniyan  |  August 16, 2008 at 6:26 PM

    @arvind
    Heh, absolutely right. šŸ™‚ Waiting to see if I get any negative comments on the way I have described god. šŸ˜›

    @Smallstar
    Dear sis, no one can accept the fact that wars are caused on the basis of money. But if we think to ourselves, as apoorva said we are selfish in our own ways and wage our own wars against other people just to make a quick buck.

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  • 9. smallstar  |  August 16, 2008 at 7:02 PM

    I don’t agree. There are also person that aren’t selfish. We all have different characters. But this is just one my opinion, of course.

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  • 10. Anniyan  |  August 16, 2008 at 7:26 PM

    @Smallstar
    Let me ask you a question. But you need to answer with all your heart and truthfully. What would you do if you had an option of earning $10 and earning $100 with a promotion which replaced someone you know?

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  • 11. smallstar  |  August 16, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    It depends… If that ‘someone’ is really important. And in anycase, I hate comparing money to sentiments!!!

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  • 12. Anniyan  |  August 16, 2008 at 8:15 PM

    Many a times, that is what brings out the selfishness in you. Sorry to be so rude in discussing this topic.
    *HUGS SISTER*

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  • 13. smallstar  |  August 16, 2008 at 8:30 PM

    Don’t worry. Is always good to face these topics. Isn’t it? šŸ™‚

    *LOTS OF HUGS, LOVELY BROTHER!*

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  • 14. Su  |  August 16, 2008 at 10:06 PM

    Many dared to tread the path on a razor just to taste the sweet honey on its edge which is Power; Power to exert yourself easily over others, in a large scale too. How did religion, race, money and GOD occupy your mind’s center stage over Power, while considering the main reasons for wars, conspiracies, and downfalls of huge empires? More often than not, it is the publicising of international events which leads to the misconception of one religion/race/God looming over another for the sake of their paramount status. In the progress of your post you have not concentrated on the local politics, conspiracies, etc, which involve people with almost similar views on the aforesaid options.

    PS : I need a justification,if any, of your view over mine and not a serious discussion, for the reason that my brain is quite overworked off late.

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  • 15. Manoj Sterex  |  August 17, 2008 at 1:56 AM

    Peace is a period of preparation for war!

    Though I don’t completely agree with the above quote, I really wonder if we can live without war. If we can really co-exist happily? Racism, money, power, where will all this end? Six-feet-under or gray ash!

    Relative peace is the right word. We are never at absolute peace; we always have someone to target. Someone to fight with. We really lack universal love.

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  • 16. Anniyan  |  August 17, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    @SU
    If we go back some hundred years or even more if required in history, we can make out that religion and racism were the major causes of all wars and revolutions. Do you think the people involved in the war wanted to “Control” the people of their race/kind? Most definitely not. They wanted to make sure that their race was dominant and the others extinct to the maximum possible extent. If you want to disagree, I would like to mention some examples. The hundred years war, The Crusades, The French Revolution, etc. By etc. I am trying to say that there are many recent examples too. I do not want to state these reasons here and thereby condemn any motive. I am very stubborn about this topic and I am very disappointed that you are not in a mood to discuss it here.

    @Manoj
    We most definitely lack Universal love. But why not try for Universal neutrality?

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  • 17. Dinesh Babu  |  August 19, 2008 at 2:49 AM

    “When we think of water, there are ponds, lakes, rivers, seas and oceans.” – One of the best analogies of God, I have come across. Good one!

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  • 18. vimal  |  August 19, 2008 at 3:59 AM

    Great post ! and I second your thought. We are not independent yet. and I also agree to an extent about the religion being the root cause for most of the wars. the entire US – Iraq and the ever lasting Israeli – Palestanian issues are only because of that!!!

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  • 19. Anniyan  |  August 19, 2008 at 8:54 AM

    @vimal
    Yes. But for diplomatic reasons I did not want to point them out. But glad that you did.

    @Dinesh babu
    Welcome to my blog. šŸ™‚ Thank you for the compliment. šŸ™‚

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