Peace Essay

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Ralph Waldo Emerson once declared that "peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.  Herein lies the key to peace. Cooperation, tolerance, confidence and understanding are all factors that determine relations between two sides, whether on the global or individual level.

It is essential to determine what peace really is. Peace can be put into one of two degrees. The first level is passive, where the parties in question are simply not in conflict with each other. The second level is active. Here, not only is there an absence of conflict, but also factors that contribute to conflict are actively being reduced by both sides through such means as diplomacy and cultural exchange. This level can be achieved only through awareness and understanding. It is vital to remember that the true opposite of love is not hate, but indifference.

The conflict in the Middle East can be explained in a number of ways. One opinion is that the Israeli government has gone rogue, and it is persecuting the Palestinian population. The conflicting explanation is that the Palestinians have had chances to take back a large portion of their land, but have been unable to swallow their pride and hav

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