THE FIRST STEP ON THE ROAD TO PEACE<BR>Trying to end war without understanding human<BR>nature is like trying to go to the moon without<BR>understanding the laws of physics. Now that we have<BR>better defined human nature and our potential for<BR>peace, we have taken a first and crucial step on our<BR>journey toward creating a more peaceful world. To<BR>build this brighter future, we must rely on unconditional<BR>love and our large brains, rather than hatred and violence. We must remember that war never fully<BR>solves a problem and that peaceful ends always require<BR>peaceful means.<BR>My experiences in the military have taught me not<BR>only that war can end through peaceful means, but<BR>that war must end if humanity is going to survive in<BR>the twenty-first century and beyond. The suffering of<BR>my parents and the trauma I endured during my<BR>youth are responsible for these realizations and<BR>my obsession with understanding war. Because these<BR>experiences led to a deeper understanding of what it<BR>means to be a human being, I now have an obsession<BR>with transforming our shared hope for a peaceful<BR>world into a brighter future.<BR>Although I have learned that war is not inevitable,<BR>I have realized that a peaceful future is also not inevitable.<BR>War will not magically end on its own, and<BR>our world will never know peace if we sit around and<BR>do nothing. War will only end if we end it. War will<BR>only end if we stand up and make a difference, if we<BR>take crucial steps to ensure our survival and prosperity<BR>as a global community.<BR>Exploring human nature to explain why we are<BR>not naturally violent opens up a wide range of hopeful<BR>possibilities for our future, but this is just one<BR>among many necessary steps on our journey toward<BR>global peace and prosperity. For us to truly answer the<BR>question, will war ever end? we must create world peace by continuing this journey and cooperating with<BR>the countless people who still have faith in humanity.<BR>By working together, we can transform our shared<BR>hope for a peaceful world into a reality within our<BR>reach.<BR> <BR><BR><i>Continues...</i> <!-- copyright notice --> <br></pre> <blockquote><hr noshade size='1'><font size='-2'> Excerpted from <b>Will War Ever End?</b> by <b>Paul K. Chappell</b> Copyright © 2011 by Paul K. Chappell. Excerpted by permission.<br> All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.<br>Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.