Thursday, June 9, 2011
World unity is possible.
A question that is universally relevant garnered responses ranging from optimistic to cynical.
For the motion
Dolma - There are a lot of people doing good work for the society today. For example, Tibet Hope Centre brings people together from many different countries. We all get together irrespective of religion, caste, colour. People like Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King were role models who inspired us to keep aside our differences.
Nyanava - There are people making new discoveries everyday in various fields like science, medicine, technology. These are fields which are universal and not limited to any one nation or community.
Ravi - We have learnt new concepts like non-violence and love from people like Gandhi and Mother Theresa. Martin Luther King is another example. The influence of these teachings has spread all over the world and now many of us practice them in our daily lives.
We have newspapers, television and radio that help us share information. For example, when there is a natural disaster anywhere in the world like tsunamis or earthquakes, the world unites to send help to the victim of the disaster. They might send money and food or go to the affected area to provide medical assistance. Everyone comes together in times of crisis.
Wut(Thailand) - I believe world unity is possible if we combine different cultures and ways of life, and hence we can achieve one universal goal. If we act as individuals, we probably would not be able to achieve a common goal. Each culture has its own strengths and weaknesses. If we share ideas and teach each other about our respective cultures, we can all improve our lives.
Mentes - India was previously divided into hundreds of separate kingdoms. India achieved unity with the realization that all the kingdoms had a common goal. This is how they put aside the conflict over differences and came together.
Pradyot - Science is a good example of how tangible information can be shared to increase awareness of several issues. This creates a feeling of shared knowledge.
Against the motion
People want to fight each other for money, power and land. They are greedy and they always want more.
Countries are producing nuclear weapons, trying to make the most powerful army with view to defeat other countries' armies.
There are so many different traditions, cultures and religions all over the world and people aren't willing to accept each others' differences.
Unity is difficult because people have different opinions and ideas on politics and education. Some countries are democratic, some are communist, some are controlled by the country's military. Someone who has lived in a democratic country and is used to it would not want to live under dictatorship or agree with the ideology,
Even amongst the UN members, there are a lot of disagreements and debates and they are not able to successfully solve national-level and international-level problems.
Medha - The human race is inclined to be selfish. We always think of ourselves before others.
Even if we are selfless, there are just too many differences between people. For example, some people would find peace in the city while others would find it in the mountains. Some like sunshine, while some prefer snow.
Today it is hard for a family of four to unite and stay together. If unity is not possible between a family, then how can one expect 6.8 billion people to stay together in unity?