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5.0 out of 5 stars Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream, March 18, 2012
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John Horgan manages to summarize an immense amount of scholarship on the history of violent conflict into a most readable 190 pages. Besides the vast amount of reading, and previous writing, on the topic he has done, he has also interviewed peace activists, anthropologists and other scientists, and military and political leaders. Their reflections add many facets to Horgan's argument that war is not inevitable. But he does not just reach that particular conclusion and sit back; he also emphasizes that neither is peace inevitable; it takes constant and difficult work and effort. Yet the absolute importance of working for peace is clear; from all his research, he concludes:

"Those of us who want to make the world a better place--more democratic, equitable, healthier, cleaner--should make abolishing the invention of war our priority, because peace can help bring about many of the other changes we seek. If you want less pollution, more money for healthcare and education, an improved legal and political system--work for peace."

Horgan is a college teacher as well as a writer, and his style and message seem pitched to the next generation coming along, urging them kindly but firmly to share his optimism and to work towards the goal of putting an end to war. The benefits are incalculable.

From the 1950s fold song by Ed McCurdy,

Last night I had the strangest dream
I'd ever dreamed before
I dreamed the world had all agreed
To put an end to war
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Initial post: Apr 26, 2012 8:18:30 AM PDT
I totally agree with Horgan - peacebuilding initiative can become Humanity's choice, the Human invention if you will, that gradually replaces war initiative. However, peacebuilding initiative still needs an unified and justified working hypothesis as a matter of precedent and practice. Peacebuilding initiative needs to be put to the test i.e. 'talk the talk and walk the walk'. The working hypothesis that I find to be most relevant is based on Human Rights - Rights captilized as a matter of endowment; as a matter of entitlement for every Human on Earth which was actually the original proposal of Franklin Roosevelt. The central working hypothesis that I find most intriquing is the proposal by Dr. Kirk Boyd for an International Bill of Enforcable Human Rights. He envisions an International Bill of Enforcable Human Rights in place by 2048 and hence his book - "2048 Humanity's Agreement to Live Together".
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