President: I know there is much to learn from each other if we can make a truce. We can find a way to Co-exist. can there be a peace between us?
Alien: Peace? NO PEACE!
President: What is it you want us to do?
Alien: Die… Die.
Those of us in the fifty states have known a state of peace for a very long time. In fact, most of us cannot imagine living in a non-peaceful America. We really don’t think about how people manage to survive the day in a war zone, let alone live in one indefinately as a civilian. Naturally, we are so thrilled with peace, we want to spread around the good vibrations. However, there is a problem. It seems that not absolutely everybody happens to like the idea. The proof of that is the lack of world peace.
In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode ‘Firstborn’, we learn that as a leader in the Klingon Government, Alexander, representing the House of Moag, stated that his desire for peace was so great that he would no longer perpetuate violence. His enemies took advantage of the percieved weakness and murdered his father in the Great Hall. Alexander was peaceful, but his soceity wasn’t exactly known for being peaceful. However, in another work of science fiction, ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’, humanity was warned that our violence would not be a welcome trait to bring with us into outer space. We were introduced to a robot named Gort whose sole purpose was to maintain peace by answering violence with death. In both of these, we see that there is a need for a power to maintain peace.
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:18)
Certainly this isn’t the only place where we are asked to be peaceable, but this one puts most of the burden on you. First though, you must ask, is peace possible? While Miss Congeniality poked fun at the point that many beauty queens often stated that their desire was for world peace, one can not help the fact that it doesn’t exist. You can’t just sit down every world leader and get them agree on anything or even to be peaceful for one full day. First you must decide what you mean by peace. Would you rather have harmonious living, a lack of violence, healthy international relationships, absolute safety, total equality, or complete fairness? I suppose you could request a combination of these things – that would just make it all the more difficult to obtain. You see, peace is a fine idea so long as everybody agrees to it.
So how far does it depend on you? Are you willing to work for it? Is peace simply living a non-violent life? Is peace being tolerant of those who are different? Is peace being nice to an enemy? There are alot of factors to consider. Just because you are not a violent person by nature, does not mean you are at peace with others around you if you think yourself superior in any way. Getting along leads to compromise. Peace leads to learning and co-existance. Can there be a peace?