• Question: Why is peace so difficult to find

    Asked by WishyFishyFishy to Candace, Jenn, Matthew, Sahra, Sharon on 4 Mar 2017.
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      Matthew Bainbridge answered on 4 Mar 2017:

      Well, I’m not a philosopher…
      But I think people are driven by desires (needs or wants) that often conflict with other people or things. Maybe you want to eat a hamburger, but that cow doesn’t want to be eaten. Maybe you want to stay home and read books, but your parents make you go to school. Maybe country A wants what is in country B and will go to war for it. And Maybe you think you should be X (taller, nicer, more out going) but you’re not. These things create conflict and oppose peace.

      Some people withdraw from the world (they become hermits or monks) but it’s not always bad to be in conflict, though. It’s not bad that you had to go to school, and it’s good if you try to be more out going or nicer. But at the same time you need to accept things you cannot changes (other than eating right, there no practical way to can’t make yourself taller).

      A long time ago I decided I would do this: try to make sick kids lives a little bit better. And I’d do it in a way I was good at (computer and biology). So I might not have a big house, or a fast car. I won’t put a man in space, or invent a better solar panel, but I will try my best to do this one thing well. That might work for other people too, but maybe not. (Sorry for the long answer)

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      Jennifer Hintzsche answered on 5 Mar 2017:

      Wow what a great question!

      I hope one day we find the answer. I think peace is different for everyone, so for me I like to sit on my couch with my dogs- that is peace for me. For others it means taking over new countries they think they deserve for peace. There are so many people and ideas in the world that finding peace is different for everyone and that also is the problem. How can we all find peace if we all think that peace is a different thing?

      Hopefully we will find it soon!

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      Sahra Uygun answered on 5 Mar 2017:

      Peace is really hard to find, regardless if its inner peace or world peace. It is difficult not to want change/progress, etc, which makes us restless. Guess it is important to find a balance between progress and acceptance. I enjoyed reading the responses, really cool answers so far, thanks for this question!!

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      Candace Lewis answered on 6 Mar 2017:

      Peace is hard to find because there is so much suffering in our hearts and many of us have not been taught how to forgive. Those who are hurting tend to hurt others and the cycle of violence and pain is repeated again and again. Although, there is hope! Learning how to navigate our own pain without taking the poison of anger, hatred, and fear into our own hearts opens the door for peace. When one can sit with their pain without the need to lash out at others (or her/himself), then the cycle can be broken. When we learn to see the ugliness in the world as forms of suffering and we seek to heal and love, then the world will move towards peace. Each person’s heart at a time.

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      Xueyuan Jiang answered on 8 Mar 2017:

      Peace is hard to find because the resource is limited and everyone wants it.

      There’s going to be only one president, yet a lot of people are running for it, so they fight with each other; you only have one week off, but you want to travel, spend quality time with your family, sleep, play video games… so you get anxious and can’t decide what to do.

      Well, there’s no solution to that. Try make peace with yourself at least. When you feel pain, just let go : )