Science has kept the peace

Nottingham Post - - OPINION -

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

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