IS PEACE POSSIBLE? MAYBE.
NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN: Like many in Britain who had lived through World War One, Chamberlain was determined to avert another war. His policy of appeasement towards Adolf Hitler culminated in the Munich Agreement in which Britain and France accepted that the Czech region of the Sudetenland should be ceded to Germany. Chamberlain left Munich believing that by appeasing Hitler he had assured ‘peace for our time’. However, in March 1939 Hitler annexed the rest of the Czech lands of Bohemia and Moravia, with Slovakia becoming a puppet state of Germany. Five months later in September 1939 Hitler’s forces invaded Poland. (BBC HISTORY © 2014)
SPARTA: When male Spartans began military training at age seven, they would enter the Agoge system. The Agoge was designed to encourage discipline and physical toughness and to emphasize the importance of the Spartan state. Boys lived in communal messes. At age 20, the Spartan citizen began his membership in one of the syssitia(dining messes or clubs), composed of about fifteen members each, of which every citizen was required to be a member. Here each group learned how to bond and rely on one another. Spartan phalanges were widely considered to be among the best in battle. Sparta’s defeat by Thebes in the Battle of Leuctra in 371 BC ended Sparta’s prominent role in Greece (Wikipedia,Sparta)
PEACEFUL, ISOLATIONIST TIBET:
CHINA INVADES TIBET (video link)
CONQUEST BY CHINA 1950
THE BUTTERFLY AFFECT
Above are three examples of a nations approach to war and peace. Our solutions, preparation, or avoidance of war are on the micro level. But the determinants of War or Peace are on the macro level of the universe, or as simple as a butterfly. Fear and what it gives birth to is futile. Constant peace of mind sustains us through War and Peace. Peace is Possible, Within.