Allowing people to express their opinion = no war?

Flynnstone (@flynnstone) 10 years, 5 months ago

Hello everyone,

Guess what? It’s finals week.
I was looking through my notes for a class and I read this:
"If you allow people to always express their opinion, then there will be no war."
I wrote this in reference to Wilson’s policies going into the Paris Peace Conference following World War I, but it made me think: does this really hold true?
If everyone had the opportunity to express their opinion in the government, would there really be no war? Is war just a breakout of hostilities based on certain groups of people not getting enough from society?

December 14, 2011 at 3:13 am
Matt (26) (@greenthinker) 10 years, 5 months ago ago

I can agree with that statement to a point. The point is when one group says it is my opinion that the other group must die.

What do you do then?

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BirdFlyingHigh (152) (@birdflyinghigh) 10 years, 5 months ago ago

I think war can happen for lots of reasons, and ideological reasons are only part of it.

War can also happen for resources. I suppose you could call “I want your land, you don’t want to give it to me” a difference of opinion, but it’s one that can only be settled one way…

I think war comes from rich assholes thinking that lives are disposable.

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It’s not true at all. What happens when opinions conflict? People get killed for drawing Muhammad, people get beat up for just about anything… The list goes on and on.

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Peter (152) (@searchingforthetruth) 10 years, 5 months ago ago

Yea for sure i think its true….but there has to be measures in place where people can learn of other opinions. When peoples opinions are influenced by one state owned media channel, the people have no information to create their opinion. I think all war is created from this…that its a orchestration attempt to dis-inform the people of the truthful information. I think the people who kill for religious reasons have limited amount of personal freedom of expression and freedom to discover and learn new information outside their oppressive state.

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Manimal (2,998) (@manimal) 10 years, 5 months ago ago

The key is not in letting people express their opinions, the key is in not reacting to these opinions.

Like Bob Proctor said: “Opinions are the cheapest commodities on earth. In fact, almost everyone has a flock of them ready to be foisted upon anyone who is willing to accept them.”

It doesn’t matter if you let people express their opinions, it doesn’t matter if you accept the opinion or hate it, dumbasses will always try to force their opinions down your throat anyways. Even intelligent people do it, it’s something we all do I guess. So the only thing to do is to not let it get to you, don’t let it make you angry or anything like that.

The problems of this world isn’t really what people do or say, it’s how people react to it.

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Sean D Stevens (155) (@thelaughingfool) 10 years, 5 months ago ago

War and conflict are the result of living in a universe of finite and scarce resources. Opinions, no matter the subject, are about how to divide those resources. Ergo, opinions are in fact the cause of war, not the solution.

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Manimal (2,998) (@manimal) 10 years, 5 months ago ago

@Sean Not living in. Believing you’re living in.

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Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 10 years, 5 months ago ago

Yeah, I think people expressing opinions is often a reason wars start because of disagreements. Rather that it is done a way the other does not like, or will be done, so they fight for the power to implicate their own opinion. If you allow people to have their opinion, is one thing, not reacting with hostility to an opinion is another thing, but the power to implicate opinion is what the war for.

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Anonymous (8) (@) 10 years, 5 months ago ago

Now if you could respect someones opinion, that’d be a different game. Mind you there will still battles for land but on a much smaller scale.

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Sean D Stevens (155) (@thelaughingfool) 10 years, 5 months ago ago

Manimal, are you saying there are unlimited resources, or that the belief in limited resources is the cause of war?

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Manimal (2,998) (@manimal) 10 years, 5 months ago ago

Maybe… both? What do you think I’m saying? Does it matter what I’m saying? What you think is what matters.

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Jon (0) (@awesomejon) 10 years, 5 months ago ago

just because someone voices their opinion doesnt mean anyone else is listening. i feel like the majority of conflict happens because of jealousy or pride

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Peter (152) (@searchingforthetruth) 10 years, 5 months ago ago

I think it’s usually one powerful man’s opinion to start war. Its not that the masses want to murder each other…its that this one leader pounds hateful propaganda down the throat of his masses. I believe that the majority of people during times of war had no other means of acquiring new information different that what they were lead to believe. But i think the internet is changing that.

If you allow people to express their opinion, they don’t want to kill…they want to prove themselves to be right. The glory forever is the masses agreeing with your theories…not conquering and destroying the lives of those that could possibly agree with you.

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