Iaian Vernier's Memoir
Chapter 22. World Without War
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As I write in 2284 in the countryside of peaceful New England, I quietly try to keep in contact with my old associates in the World Society, Nairobi—the young as well as the old-timers. And I do realize that our international structure is a work in progress. The world has not seen such an international experiment in its lifetime, perhaps with the exception of Rome if we accept, as some of our historians claim, that Rome truly was the only real international multiethnic civilization.
I have been part of the bureaucratic establishment in the World Society for over half a century (now emeritus), have studied the archives since its inception in Geneva and must claim that in terms of national or international violence, yes, we must say war, it has been a very quiet time. Thus what I am going to write about in this chapter is what we have come to believe, even given our limited knowledge about Hss, is the pathway to maintain our pacifism. Peace on Earth can turn the lifetime of an ordinary intelligent working-class family on any continent into an experience of joyous generational transition rather than the universal pain from which we have only recently emerged.
Why violence, why war, why no predictability? We are, like a large percentage of vertebrates, predators. We live off the lives of animals and plants. Precursors and contemporary mammals and other vertebrate predators see the skills of life as embedded in their genetic...
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