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What prevents peace? Has the world ever been at peace?

Humans have been entirely at peace for only about 268 of the past 3,400 years - just 8 percent of recorded history.

How many people have died in war?

At least 108 million people were killed in wars in the twentieth century. Estimates for the total number of killed in wars throughout all of history are up to 1 billion.

Anytime we see anyone as "the enemy", we prevent peace. Anytime we let robotic thinking rule our brain, we prevent peace. Whenever we allow ourselves to think ethnocentrically and don't challenge our and their thinking, we prevent peace.

Traditonal ways of bringing about peace only create more conflict. We need to change our thinking, and therefore how we act.

The big question, then, is: is it possible that an intelligent education — one that questions our conditioning, both psychologically and biologically — can be created that stimulates a genetic change in our deeply held pattern for violence and war? Can the brain heal itself through awareness of its deep-seated fears?

 

The History of WarIn Just Under 10 Minutes