Why not world peace?

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APOLLO 8 astronaut Frank Borman was moved to tears the first time he glimpsed our tiny fragile planet from outer space.

“When you’re finally up at the moon looking back on earth, all those differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well going to blend, and you’re going to get a concept that maybe this really is one world and why the hell can’t we learn to live together like decent people,” he later said.

Michael Collins, a traveller on Apollo 11, said he believed that if the political leaders of the world could see their planet from the moon their outlook could be fundamentally changed.

“That all-important border would be invisible, that noisy argument silenced. The tiny globe would continue to turn, serenely ignoring its subdivisions, presenting a unified façade that would cry out for unified understanding, for homogeneous treatment,” he said.

Edgar Mitchell, an Apollo 14 astronaut, put it more bluntly. “From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch’.”

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18 thoughts on “Why not world peace?

    • The way I see it Strewth, is that while we are confined to life and activity on this seemingly flat earth, it really still feels that our earth is the very centre of the universe. Our seeming mastery of the physical conditions about us gives us the idea that everything simply revolves around us.

      when we look back on earth from space, we are reminded that actually we are on just one minute and spherical little heavenly body that is anything but the centre. I’m reminded of one of the childish notions I had when very young. I observed the relatives that we saw periodically, who didnt live with us, and I had the blithe idea that the little nuclear family I was in, just happened to be like a central nucleus around which all sorts of Uncles, Aunts Grandparents etc happened to live.
      It was a classic bit of personal ‘inflation’ that made me quite oblivious of the fact that in turn, I too was a cousin, a nephew a grandchild and so on. I can recall saying to my mother once just how curious it was that WE as it were, just happened to be THE central family round which all others revolved. Makes me laugh now to recall.

      Cheers, Rian.

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      • I guess I must have been the same as a child, but truly can’t remember feeling like that. There was always more, more, more, of the unknown. Yes, often scary to a child.

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  1. Except human nature will not allow it to happen Bryan. Isaiah 59:8 and Romans 3:17 both tell us that humanity does not know the way of peace. You can send them into space as much as you like. Obadiah 1:4 tells us “Though you soar like the eagle and make your nest among the stars,
    from there I will bring you down,” declares the LORD”.
    Sending sinners into space only spreads the disease called sin; including perhaps creating Star Wars!

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      • When I was repenting of my sexual problems, an adult media company was producing a movie with sex scenes happening in the weightlessness of space. Which leads me to thinking, assuming that space travel becomes affordable for the average politician, what’s the chance that other devil motivated interests will also jump on the bandwagon and use space travel to spread their evil message? After all when Private/Milcap Media produced the sex movie I am talking about, no pornstar no porn director nor anyone else was inspired to leave their inclinations behind!

        You are correct in saying blessed are the peacemakers! But let them actually make peace, not merely go through the motions.

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  2. Bryan,

    Your TRUST picture above is just wonderful. Every time I am on a downer and I have a look into Faithworks, being greeted with the word TRUST is like God reassuring me that all things work together for good to those who love God. And I believe Him too.

    I thank God for His ability to communicate His love to us in so many ways. And He is not a God that He should lie. God is faithful, and for as many that are the promises of God, they all find their answer in Jesus Christ. For this reason we say amen, so be it Lord, have Your way. Then whatever that was worrying me fades into the background and I once again am able to smile. God never leaves us.

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  3. Great the usual harping about politicians .
    Have you not realized they are the people who say “I BELIEVE” the most .
    And to top it off they are mostly “LAWYERS” .
    And then you allow them to make deals in secret yet you employ them .
    Why ??
    Could it be you are more interested in important stuff :- sport ,drinking ,gossip along with a considerable amount of “i,m all right jack” attitude .

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  4. After considering Pax Romana, the opening of the Silk Road and unification of the Mongol empire, and rejecting these as the most peaceful era in the world, Meghan E. Smith said
    “There’s still another era to consider: the one we’re living in right now. Certainly, there’s no shortage of war around the world, not to mention famine, disease and economic struggle. However, some analysts believe that despite these shortcomings, the world as a whole is relatively more peaceful now than it ever has been before.

    Evolutionary psychologist Steven Pinker believes that violence has declined sharply since the birth of the human race. When talking about violence, Pinker isn’t just referring to war — he also includes criminal punishment and murder rates, among other instances. Compared to our hunter-gatherer days, or the Middle Ages, our chances of dying by violent crime or as the result of war are miniscule . Pinker believes there are a few different reasons for this, all of which contribute to an overall more peaceful existence:

    Stable governments provide mediation and deterrent for violent conflict.
    Technological innovations enable us to establish symbiotic relationships with groups who might once have been our enemies.
    Advancements in health care have allowed us to place a greater value on life.
    Our awareness of the rest of the world — greater now than ever before — cultivates empathy and makes us more likely to help than hurt other populations.

    Cooperative alliances between countries, such as the United Nations and the European Union, also represent an increase in trust and good faith. Sharing military responsibility for international conflicts, implementing a common currency and establishing international tribunals all point to a desire for stability and peace. Vaccines and other medical innovations have improved our quality of life, and education is available to more people than ever before.

    Despite all the drawbacks of modern living, we really are living in the most peaceful time in recorded history. But remember, it’s all relative. Even more peaceful days may be yet to come.”

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    • Our problem is, we are now aware of so much conflict in the world, conflict that once would not have come into our living rooms. Not altogether a bad thing. We can’t work towards fixing things we don’t know about.

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