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Re(1): Anticipation Guide: Deep Thoughts (1984)

Anticipation Guide: Deep Thoughts (1984) PT 2

“The only way to prepare for peace is to prepare for war”. This quote signifies that if the world were ever to make the transition to become a truly peaceful place they would have to prepare for the worst outcome. I personally believe that if one were to go into a situation wanting peace, all that they should have is a clear mind on only peace. The mind should not be preoccupied with ideas of wars and battles. When one goes into a situation with positive and clear intention it shows in the outcome. usually, the situation turns to their hand. Although, it may be a high risk high reward situation. It carries the best intentions and mentality. However, if one were to go into a situation where they have prepared for the worst possible outcome wanting peace it will be seen in their presentation. They will seem as if they do not really hope for peace. They will come off as reluctant and therefore are less likely to get peace. It really depends on if the ask for peace is genuine or not. The determining factor on whether or not it’s genuine is if there is preparedness for war while wanting peace.

Although it is a good idea (an often an encouraged idea) to be prepared for the worst in all situation throughout life there is a point where this philosophy doesn’t apply anymore. This would be when it comes to peace. In life you always want to be prepared for everything. You want to undermine every outcome so that you can never be disappointed with your result. For example, if you want to eat a certain kind of food you need to have the names of different restaurants just in case one has too long a wait. It helps in other situations as well. Preparedness is a trait that is often admired in the community. However the situation with peace is completely different because there’s more than a specific restaurant at state. There is peace at stake.

Peace is a subject that sits on a very thin line. There have been wars, debates, and fights over peace. This is what comes into play. The idea of peace comes with a horrific and bloody past. Peace is something that has been sought out for so long that if one comes looking for peace they must be completely willing to have peace with no exceptions. If someone comes up to another person asking for peace between them yet has a plan of a fight in his mind he doesn't really mean that he wants peace. If someone wants peace they need to be committed and ready to make amends. However, if their minds and judgements are clouded with mental images of fighting and war, than peace isn’t something that they want to ultimately commit to.

When we fight for peace, why do we fight? Why is it that peace leads to more fighting. In order to meet an ultimate inner and outer peace with someone else there shouldn't be any fighting. Peace should not require spilt blood or hurt feelings. Peace is supposed to be filled with positivity and possibilities. Then why do people fight for peace?

The statement “The only way to prepare for peace is to be prepared for war” is phrased in a way that makes people believe that there could possibly be more options in order to achieve peace. Being prepared for war isn't the only option for peace. Peace can be accepted with open arms and an open mind. With acceptance and understanding is how peace can truly be prepared for peace.

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