The Peace Lotto

When I heard Hillary Clinton say that our relationship with Russia is a very complicated one, I began to wonder why our relationship with Russia was so complicated. And from there I asked myself a series of questions.

Why do we need armies to protect ourselves? Well, the answer would be because everyone else has an army and wants to do us harm. Why does everyone else have an army? Everyone else has one because they believe we want to do them harm. 

It’s a multi-sided problem that multiplies each time a group splits into more factions. The more factions there are the greater the odds are against making world peace. We need fewer balls in the peace lottery to win world peace or wait an incredible period for all possibilities to be exhausted.

Consider why we can’t stop wars for a moment. We can’t stop wars, because we can’t stop soldiers from joining. We can’t stop soldiers from joining, because we can’t tell people that joining the military is wrong. We can’t tell people that joining the military is wrong, because they know someone who served or is serving and don’t want to hear that what they are doing is wrong—it will offend them. Especially, if they lost someone in the line of duty; they do not want to realize that their loved one died in vain. 

Even if we did get past this as a society, there are other societies that haven’t. The probability that we would move past this at the same time with all other societies is slim. The more factions we have the higher the probability is that we won’t make peace (in our lifetime, I caught myself—because we will, keep reading). For us to achieve world peace we need everyone one to lay down their arms, we need everyone to realize that participating in war is wrong, and we need everyone to realize this all at the same time. 

The good news is—we eventually will. Why? Because this is a probability problem… The peaceful, one world order exists, just as the winning number to a lottery ticket exists. For there to be odds against there has to be that one odd that there will be. With the course of time all outcomes will be explored. The desired outcome is in the bag, it doesn’t matter how long it takes—the point is that it will be reached inevitably.

There’s just one thing I’d like to add. Just because world peace is reached, doesn’t guarantee that it will be reached permanently. Either all of humanity will go extinct, thus creating the everlasting peace or a peaceful society will be established and lost again continuing the cycle into eternity. 

The finite state is humankind’s existence, the supertask is the number of war and peace cycles that rotate before humankind’s existence comes to an end. And perhaps achieving world peace, like infinity is a condition and not a final number. The end of the world (which is defined as either all of humanity or just your end), is the closing of the book—which ends in everlasting peace.