Science has kept the peace
IT is now 100 years since the end of “The war to end wars”. However, this pretentious title was soon shown to be an idle boast when the Second World War started in 1939, a period of just over 20 years.
That war ended in 1946, 72 years ago and since then there have been several “old fashioned wars”, minor squabbles that, as usual, resulted from disputes over territory or political differences in the forms of government, but nothing even approaching a Third World War. Why?
Well, it certainly has nothing to do with political forces. Differences in political systems still show this to be fatuous; there are still few real democracies, but many systems that are effectively dictatorships and those of the right now easily outnumber those from the left.
It is due in, my opinion, to one factor only, the intrusion of science into hitherto unknown areas of all our lives.
This single great example of what can be achieved by “free cooperation and interchange of information for its own sake” has given us the means of achieving hitherto unobtainable affluence for many, and freedom from real want for all.
No religion, or political system has ever come even close to this.
It has also given us the means of “Ending it All, Once and For All”.
Science has given us this previously unknown opportunity in about 300 years that political systems have signally failed to achieve in several thousands
Where we go from here is, as usual ,simply up to US.
Science has given, and will continue “to give us the tools” but only we “can continue the job”
Only we can choose our own future. Jack Miller Radcliffe-on-trent