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The way to peace is simple enough. One must allow oneself to experience empathy. We already know how to do this. We were born with it. It is essential to every mammal. When we really seek to understand the needs and desires of others as well as those of our own nature, a picture comes into view. The picture that you are left with is map of motivations that prompt our behavior. When we truly understand this simple mental paradigm switch…we will have no enemies.

Conflicts are sure to come, resolving them becomes an exercise in compassion. Never has and never will violence resolve conflict, but rather it only escalates it. Nonviolence though is not the only answer, because for some, that is merely a suppression of the anger welling up inside them. The crucial solution then to all our political and moral questions is empathy and compassion for those beset by problems that, were we to experience them ourselves, would probably be just as irate over.

The single most important evolutionary step for mankind is to take the step toward overcoming oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. This can only by done once we learn to love those who would seek to make us their enemy. Toward this goal, we must remove the barriers that would cause us to make them ours. In order to survive, mankind must evolve. In order for all human conflicts to be resolved, we must each personally adopt a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation and adopt one that sees my enemy as myself. The foundation of such a method is love.

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