On Avon I read this: “Less than one per cent of what the world spent every year on weapons was needed to put every child into school by the year 2000 and yet it didn’t happen.” Some replied with this: it will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need and the air force has to hold a bake sale to get a new bomber.
Although there are many variations of the quote, I cannot agree more. Maybe it’s me, but I think that the more educated people tend to be less prone to violence. Of course you can find someone who has just gone through 13 years of public schooling and is still violent, but then I believe we need to find a way to really make an impression on these people. However, in order to do that we need one thing: money. We need money to find and develop new methods, to fund new programs, and to show that we care. And I know some people can go to school and just not get it. Again, we need to find a way to help them to understand and if they leave holding a diploma, and never having learned a thing – then the education system hasn’t done its job.
I do believe that there are certain parts in humans that are just naturally drawn to violence, and I think in order to counteract this we need to appeal to the intellectual inside. I know we can’t save them all, and I don’t expect to, but I think we can be doing so much more than what we are. If everyone in the world were an intellectual then we’d have all our debates over tea and chess boards, not tanks and bombs.
I’m just spouting. I don’t know. I have so many ideas and thoughts on this and I thought for once I’d post a blog about something which I really care. Military is a prominent part of modern society, even though it seems to me quite primitive. I wish we could eliminate it completely, but we can’t and if there is going to be any sort of elimination it will need to be tapered. We will need to rid the world of the threats that make us believe we need such large militaries, if there really are any necessary reasons.
Those in power will need to realize the need for a better education and a reduction in military. These people will need to be educated. In order to give education that money we need to reduce the military and in order to reduce the military we need a better education which, in turn, means we need more money for education. )=