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Literacy and the Global Peace

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Today the international literacy day is being celebrated. Even in this age of science and technology, there are hundreds of millions of people who do not know how to read or write. A large number of children are denied access to education. Although acquiring education is the basic right of every child, yet it is still a priviledge in many societies of he world. The worst sufferers are the women.

Literacy and peace go side by side. It is said tha if you want to pomote peace, it is better to promote literacy first. The more the literacy rate the more stable and peaceful the communities would be. As you see the progressive and developed nations, they are more peaceful also. The basic reason being that they have more literacy rate.
The question arises: Is literacy co-related with peace? Is global peace impossible without achieving a reasonable degree of literacy? The answers to these questions is anybody’ guess.

Light of Peace: Literacy is as Important for Global Peace as any other Factor
 

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Today the international literacy day is being celebrated. Even in this age of science and technology, there are hundreds of millions of people who do not know how to read or write. A large number of children are denied access to education. Although acquiring education is the basic right of every child, yet it is still a priviledge in many societies of he world. The worst sufferers are the women.

Literacy and peace go side by side. It is said tha if you want to pomote peace, it is better to promote literacy first. The more the literacy rate the more stable and peaceful the communities would be. As you see the progressive and developed nations, they are more peaceful also. The basic reason being that they have more literacy rate.
The question arises: Is literacy co-related with peace? Is global peace impossible without achieving a reasonable degree of literacy? The answers to these questions is anybody’ guess.

Light of Peace: Literacy is as Important for Global Peace as any other Factor
No it isn't related to peace at all.
The vast majority of wars have been started by people who could read and write.
 

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Until man has the capability of becoming God and removing all of man's vices (such as the hubris before you being written by me), you will not achieve world peace.

Literacy is good, but man is flawed.
 

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I think we can achieve world peace long before man has the capability to become God. The problem is not removing all of man's vices -- that would make man inhuman. The problem is suppressing one vice -- intolerance. People can become tolerant, and it doesn't remove anything useful from life. It removes hatred and fear.

In order for world peace to be achieved, people just have to learn not to kill their neighbor. The problem is that people are intolerant and refuse to even try to talk things out. Most wars have been caused by simple issues that could have been discussed and resolved. There is occasionally a war that could not have been prevented by discussion, but very rarely, and it doesn't often hurt to try.
 

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No it isn't related to peace at all.
The vast majority of wars have been started by people who could read and write.
Yeah - he's not winning me over on that, either.

The Reformation in Medieval Europe was furthered because individuals knew how to read and they used that expanding knowledge to challenge Papal authority and lax beliefs and values. The commoner was able to read short pamphlets written on various issues, causing further violence and warfare.
It was then expanded with the invention of the Gutenberg printing press.

No - if you want to keep a people docile you have to keep them dumbed down enough so that they can't question your authority and they certainly can't share ideas beyond verbal communication.

But I'm still a staunch advocate *for* literacy *because* it gets the wheels of progression and self-sufficiency turning. . . not because of some false hope that 'knowing more will bring you peace'

It's also vapid to tell people - while their country is at war - that literacy prevents war and furthers peace.
 
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