Human beings are not inherently desirous of war and destruction. Antithetically, their basal concern is preservation preservation of land, property, rights, religion, and life. War has no innate locale in the souls of man; it is a device, and many consider it flawed in nature and profoundly negative. Agatha Christie believed that war settles nothing; to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one (Christie). Immanuel Kant's Perpetual Peace highlights the state of war on Earth. Even when war is dormant; it exists. Does it need to? Ideal diplomacy would be characterized by ethical and pragmatic relationships with consideration of the common goal preserving the human race. Traditional logic suggests peaceful climate is necessary to preserve the human race, not the destruction associated with war. Kant argues that The state of peace among men living side by side is not the natural state (status naturalist); the natural state is one of war (Kant 2). Humans will transition from the state of war to perpetual peace when ready, when perpetual peace becomes natural, when intellect creates mechanisms to properly harness human nature; until then, that mechanism is war.
[...] The state of war is rooted in individuality, beginning with ordinary citizens engaged in a battle of self promotion spreading through every facet of the natural world. The idea of government can exist harmoniously with human nature in a controlled setting; flaws in the relationship must be traced to their origin, which in this case, is the misconception that individual survival is relative among men. The Republic is separate from all institutions of government, is the only tangible evidence of any intellectual progress toward peace. [...]
[...] These principles are fundamentally simple and universal; the relationship between men and women, good and evil, and war and peace certainly gain formality through this juxtaposition. The State of War The nature of man must be thoroughly understood to effectively examine the Kantian “state of war”. Establishing perpetual peace replaces the state of war, and a critical step toward this progression is comprehension of the current situation. How has the state of war remained the only constant in a dynamic world? [...]
[...] An Intellectual Transition Through the examination of universal human characteristics and the nature of war, Kant identifies the Republic as the institution uniquely capable of abolishing the state of war, and establishing perpetual peace. Is this the device capable of harnessing human nature, allowing perpetual peace to become the status naturalist? James Madison describes the Republic as a government whose powers are “derived from the great body of the society, not from an inconsiderable proportion, or a favored class of (250). [...]
[...] "Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch." 1795 28/11/2007
[...] Whether certain traits are acquired through evolution; nature; nurture; or unknown, the human race is completely dependent on relativity for the purpose of rationalization. An action only becomes rational because the reaction, or effect of the action, is considered. Human behavior and Isaac Newton's Third Law are principally linked. Every action causes a reaction, and the environment is in a constant state of motion. The rationality and nature of a potential action is entirely relative to the resulting reaction. If the reaction is negative, the cause of the aforesaid reaction is irrational. [...]
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