The world and humans for students and their parents

How to end wars?

From the book by Andrey Sokolov and Tatiana Sokolova "The world and humans for students and their parents".

How to end wars?

The hero of Jaroslav Hashek's book "The Fateful Adventures of the Good Soldier Shvejk" is credited with a very accurate answer to this question. He said: “Where are you shooting, idiots? There are people here! "

In fairness, we must say that when we tried to find this quote in the book, we did not find it. But this does not make this recipe worse.

Let's imagine that the soldiers, having received an order from a lieutenant, refused to shoot. The lieutenant, having received the order of the captain, refused to give this order to the soldiers. The captain refused to obey the colonel's order. The colonel is the order of the general, and the general is the order of the commander-in-chief. Would a war start in this case? Of course not.

What can help the soldiers and their commanders refuse to carry out the order, risking their epaulettes and having a great chance to get under the tribunal - in a military court? This anti-war tool is called empathy - the ability to empathize with another person. Empathy allows us to take care of other people. Empathy stops our aggression. Empathy prevents us from shooting other people. After all, as soon as we put ourselves in the place of this other person, it turns out that we have to shoot ourselves. Empathy allows us to respect the life, health, thoughts and feelings of another person. And the higher the level of empathy in every person, in every society, the less crimes, fights, wars occur, the happier these people live.

The ability to understand and feel the pain of others can stop not only wars, but also bullying at school.

The problem in the modern world is not a lack of knowledge, comfort, food or gadgets, but a lack of empathy.