Is peace the only way to stop a war?

Peace should be a result or corollary or byproduct from mutual benefit to stop a war.

Stoic Teacher

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From a Stoic perspective, the pursuit of peace is certainly an important goal. Stoics believe in the concept of cosmopolitanism, which is the idea that all human beings are members of a single, global community. Therefore, war and conflict are seen as inherently destructive and contrary to the principles of reason and justice.

However, Stoics also recognize that there are times when war may be necessary in order to defend oneself or others from harm. In these cases, war may be seen as a last resort, rather than a desirable outcome.

In terms of stopping a war, peace is certainly an important goal. The Stoic philosopher Epictetus said, “If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.” This means that in order to achieve peace, it is necessary to engage in dialogue and negotiation with those who may be opposed to us.

However, Stoics also recognize that peace cannot be achieved through passive submission or appeasement. Rather, it requires a combination of strength, courage, and wisdom to stand up for what is right while also seeking to resolve conflicts peacefully.

Overall, while peace is an important goal, it is not always the only way to stop a war. In some cases, war may be necessary to defend oneself or others, but even then, the goal should always be to seek a peaceful resolution as soon as possible.

* Peace should be a result or corollary or byproduct from mutual benefit to stop a war.

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

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