Unresolved Historical Conflicts: A Legacy of Global Trauma

Looking back historically over thousands of years acts of violence, and crimes against humanity may have been judged in courts of law. The economic debt incurred by damages caused by war may have been settled in some cases but has humanity spiritually reconciled itself with the collective trauma we still carry as a burden? The past must not be forgotten as we must learn valuable lessons from our mistakes. Currently, it would seem that humanity has not learned anything from our past since we continue to repeat the same mistakes fostering a cycle of aggression and violence for economic benefit, greed and the prosperity of the few. If humanity is ever able to continue our journey of growth and true internal development we need to collectively forgive all these past mistakes to reconcile deep-rooted animosity between nations and accept the part we played for the cycle to end.

Debunking the Myth of a Peaceful Modern Era

Despite some historians labelling the past fifty years as the most peaceful in human history, the reality of endless conflicts completely contradicts such claims. Increasingly we see that the daily news of the many wars around the world informs us. History recounts a relentless sequence of conflicts: Even after the devastation of World War I this was swiftly followed by World War II. It was only 80 years ago that the world witnessed the historic and very public devastation of Hiroshima, society has lived with the fear of war and the possible nuclear consequences.

The demonstration of that immense power of destruction was intended to end the tyranny and horrors of the Second World War. To demonstrate to other governments the possible consequences of war and international conflict but Other conflicts prove just how easy it is to forget the atrocities that we are capable of. Ongoing strife like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that had its origins centuries ago but recently the conflict began in the late 19th century. Incredibly the Vietnam War lasted almost 20 years. The terrorist attacks in the UK were seemingly due to the conflict for territory in Northern Ireland and lasted for about 30 years from the 1960s until the Good Friday agreement in 1998. However, the troubles can be traced back to the 17th century with the plantation of the protestants. The Falklands War which, although for the UK was one of the largest scale military strikes since World War 2, thankfully only lasted 74 days. The Gulf War, and the prolonged conflicts in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Today, the unrest extends to Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Ukraine.

The True Cost of War: Humanity’s Collective Loss

Who truly benefits from wars? Certainly not humanity as a collective. Wars have claimed millions of lives on battlefields, and countless civilians have perished due to bombings and starvation. Families have been torn apart, and countless innocent lives, including children, have been lost. There is a complex selection of those who have historically engaged in warfare—be they state leaders or other influential figures. Noteworthy examples include the controversial assassination of President Kennedy in 1963 (which probably gave birth to the concept of conspiracy theories along with Area 51) and the coup of President Allende in 1973. These are events that remind us of the complexity of politics and the often tragic outcomes of leadership.

The Psychology of Leadership in Conflict

If certain (naming no names) present-day leaders were to undergo independent psychological analysis, such analysis could suggest that these leaders and individual elites may exhibit excessive ambition and a disconnection from the reality of everyday life. These traits can sometimes manifest in a distorted self-perception of omnipotence or a detached indifference towards the consequences of their actions. While it is simplistic to diagnose figures without rigorous analysis and this is merely a hypothetical thought exercise, I think certain individuals may come to mind for all of you.

Unseen Forces: The Profiteers of War

If government leaders are our true rulers, we can make one of two assumptions from this fact. The first is that government leaders find it all too easy to send hundreds of thousands of people to their deaths. Is this decision taken lightly and for their own gain? If this is the case, these leaders give more value to their own agenda than they do to the citizens they are supposed to serve.  The second is that the media is completely corrupt and only used to manipulate, subjugate, and divert our attention from controversial policies they may wish to impose or real domestic problems that the government should solve to truly benefit global human development and true education. Problems that they could solve, but choose not to because the solution does not aid the agendas of the elite and those in real power.

On the other hand, if government leaders are mere puppets controlled by higher elites what objectives govern them and how will this affect society? While the tyranny of rulers is often named as the catalyst for conflict, Is it the unseen profiteers behind these figures who truly benefit from wars? Human conflict is fundamentally driven by a relentless pursuit of power and profit. The elite organise these wars, while politicians act merely as triggers, initiating conflicts that society must suffer. Moreover, religious conflicts, which have been historically significant and persist in modern times, continue to ignite contention. In essence, wars are orchestrated by individuals wielding immense financial resources and influence, rooted for decades within powerful networks of individuals who often leverage technology and strategic information or resources to initiate and sustain conflicts.

The Societal Divide: Elites vs. The Commoner

Within humanity, there is a grand canyon of a divide where there should be unity. There is a huge divide between the elites, and governmental leaders and us (the normal members of society) the pawns in this global game of chess. Externally, we are controlled by the state from the day we enter this world until the day we leave. “Nothing as sure as death and taxes.” So they say! Therefore, as a member of society, it seems normal to collectively feel we are helpless pawns in the elite’s global game of chess. Since, just as in the game of chess, it is the pieces closest to the king and queen that are of most value and sacrificed last, the pawns are always the first to go. However, although these pieces have more power, there are more pawns on the checkered board. The only thing controlling the pawns is the rules of the game. At the moment there are external laws by which we are controlled.  What if the rules of the game were changed in our favour, if the playing field were equalled, and pawns could move as freely as the Queen?

Re-evaluating Leadership and Authority

After decades of diligent research and contemplation, I have come to understand the complexities and deep-seated issues that plague our global society. As an academic and an expert in various fields, including leadership and human behaviour, I’ve observed how certain authoritative figures and systems threaten the very survival of our planet and humanity. Society pays the price of war not governments because those in power still find it too easy to initiate conflict from the comfort of a fortress defended by the country’s bravest, loyal subjects. Just as in an economic crisis the bank always wins. Fact check, but it is curious how the countries closest to the war-torn zones near Ukraine today have the highest inflation rates.

It is crucial to understand the disastrous consequences of poor leadership and that a poor leader lacks empathy and awareness, potentially leading to irrational decisions and catastrophic policies. The acquisition of powers on any grandiose scale for a while drives individuals to a delusional state of superiority. Many embrace a dangerous ethos resembling a pseudo-religious quest for global dominance. This misguided belief system renders them unable to see the realities of their actions, much like historical precedents seen in figures such as Hitler and, controversially, Zelensky, who I argue, may be perceived as being overly influenced by their affiliations and background supporters.

The Call to Action: Fostering a Peaceful Future

In light of these observations, I assert that all people must become proactive and responsible citizens within their own countries and in their personal lives. This includes a commitment to lifelong learning, and continuously questioning and scrutinizing those in power. Collectively, we must reject the warmongering tendencies of institutions that supposedly uphold the ideology of peace. Approximately four to five billion men and women worldwide must unite to advocate for substantial changes that will lead to a more balanced and peaceful existence re-establishing national sovereignties that reflect true historical and cultural identities.

The current global leadership, often acting as mere puppets to corporate and elite interests, must be radically transformed. Organisations such as NATO must sincerely seek to avoid conflict altogether and act decisively to forge a path towards actionable peaceful resolutions when conflicts do ensue. In a proposed shift towards peace, the “Ganass Order” is suggested as a necessary step for Ukraine to achieve tranquillity and set a precedent for global peace efforts. It is a call for humility and a strategic retreat in the face of overwhelming challenges, to rebuild a new and fairer world within the next two decades.

We collectively have an imperative objective that will take the next 20 -30 years. This is a mission for all current and future leaders and every member of society to forge a path toward a genuinely peaceful age, where human dignity and integrity are at the forefront of all political, social, and economic endeavors. If we all commit to this transformative journey for the sake of future generations perhaps we will survive the next 100 years, the jury is still out on the verdict if we don’t.