Responsible Leadership and Peacemaking

Responsible Leadership and Peacemaking

Bruce Lawrence Cook (Chicago ORT Technical Institute, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3032-9.ch014
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Abstract

This chapter suggests that immediate action is needed in regard to solving what the author believes is the root cause for these problems. A few questions suggest various approaches – a set of strategies for world peace. Precise tactics are left to the professionals. It's sad that world peace should require special strategies and tactics. Ideally, world peace would emerge from changes in parenting, education, the arts, and other areas. For example, consider Strategies for Peace,1 an attempt to survey those needs. There is one central problem underlying these. Please consider the unpleasant fact that today's emergency calls for immediate action to address the central problem – a problem of failed leadership.
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Equality

No, one might insist, suggesting that leadership is not the problem at all. That the problem is unequal distribution of wealth and privilege. Or failing to solve poverty and hunger. Or violating the environment, depleting natural resources. Or a natural consequence of economic and historical factors. Or failing to honor God in a specific way.

These problems cannot be dismissed. However, it’s clear that solutions to such problems will require years of planning and implementation, even if it’s humanly possible to obtain support for them. Perhaps we should just give up. After all, the problems have existed for time immemorial. They have become part of ancient literature, including the history of religions.

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World Peace

This article suggests that immediate action is needed in regard to solve what the author believes is the root cause for these problems - leadership. Here various approaches are suggested – a set of strategies for world peace. Precise tactics are left to the professionals.

It’s sad that world peace should require special strategies and tactics. Ideally, world peace would emerge from changes in parenting, education, the arts, and other areas. For a survey of these, see (Cook & Azcona, 2016).

Today’s emergency calls for immediate action to address the central problem – a problem of failed leadership.

In a recent conversation about world peace, a friend of the author asserted me that world peace is impossible unless everyone completely trusts one world leader. In that case, there would be no reason for disputes among followers of this leader.

How could such a leader emerge? Perhaps everyone ponders this question as a youth, concluded that the world would only unite if there were a common world enemy. For example, it could be an invasion from outer space. That, possibly, would unite everyone.

In the same way, if a rogue leader in North Korea or Iran was foolish enough to target a population with a nuclear weapon, the world would unite in contempt for that leader. But that would be temporary, and eventually some leaders would publish false information to support the rogue leader. So, that’s no way to solve our problems with peace.

Considering the span of history, one must ask – is the human animal even capable of achieving world peace?

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