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Conflict

What's Happening? - Conflict

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"Violence has been in decline over long stretches of time and we may be living in the most peaceful time in our species' existence." - Steven Pinker

 

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?

Every minute eight people flee to escape conflict and persecution, according to the UN.

 

WHAT TRENDS ARE WE SEEING?

Archaeological studies show that societies in the past were very violent. Often more than 10% of deaths were the result of one person killing another. Ethnographic evidence also confirms that violence is very common in nonstate societies and drastically higher than in modern state societies.

 

Why is violence declining? One important change may be improving literacy, while countries with higher educational attainment in the past are more likely to have democratic - and generally therefore peaceful - political regimes today.

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On Xenophilia

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During these dark days of worsening refugee crisis, can we still imagine reaching a state of "xenophilia"...overcoming our "homophily", i.e. the love of that which is like us, and reaching the love of that which is different?

Indeed, if we're ever going to care enough about conflict, genocide, poverty, hunger etc. enough to act on them properly, then we need to try much harder to avoid conflict with people we might not yet fully understand.

 

 

On Waterloo

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Living, as I have done for the past 14 years, just 5km or so from the battlefields of Waterloo, means that I have visited the site often.

Only now, however, following last year's commemorations of the 200th anniversary of the battle, and a visit in March 2016 to the excellent new visitor centre, does its full ongoing significance become clearer to me, not least the suffering of the wounded and dead, many of whose final resting places have never been discovered...RIP all who fought there.

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Halcyon Listens - October 2013
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Halcyon Inspired 2 November 2013

During October 2013, we listened to and would recommend the following podcasts:

Quote 2251

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The next revolution - World War III - will be waged inside your head. It will be a guerrilla information war fought not in the sky or on the streets, not in the forests or even around the scarce resources of the earth, but in newspapers and magazines, on the radio, TV and in "cyberspace". It will be a dirty, no-holds-barred propaganda war of competing worldviews and alternative visions of the future - Marshall McLuhan, Culture is our Business, 1970

Quote 2250

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It's sometimes almost worth having a brutal argument with someone to taste the joys of reconciliation - Alain de Botton