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The conflicts of the modern world. A competitive society

David Guchua

Form 11 ‘A’

January 17, 1999



He, who commands the past, controls the future,

He, who controls the future, conquers the past.


In this composition I would like to discuss the conflicts of the

modern world and the consequences of the competitive society. Being asked

about this I usually start with a competitive society. Because this is the

thing we face in every day life and always ask one question ourselves: ’Why

have we created the world full of troubles and problems whereas we

ourselves live in it?’ This sounds really paradoxical but it is true. For

instance, the taxes in our country bring so many troubles to people who

want to start their own business that they simply have to find ways not to

pay them. Thousands of examples all over the world can be given here but

the idea is that, understanding all this, we do not try even to improve


On the other hand competitive life exists even at school where pupils

are to participate in a so-called ‘racing game’ which is based on gaining

better marks and results in everything. This idea is not new that is why

different people at different times tried to solve this problem. The most

famous is the of about social equality. The idea of social equality is

really silly, to my mind, because there will always be one who will think

that he is better than the others and just only due to this we will not

ever get equality.

On the contrary, if there is no competitive society there is no

development. It is of no use of aspiring to the best. Nothing but a

competitive society made a man make a flight to space. Besides, there were

a lot of other discoveries, which improved the life and social conditions,

which happened only due to competitive society.

I believe, that there exists only one solution. It is nesessary to

develop the competitive society limited with a strict law. Because we do

not realize that this competitive society reflects Darwin’s theory about

survival but on a higher level. Moreover, we do not realize that the last

level of such development is a war.

From my point of view, the problem of a war is the most urgent

problem nowadays due to the invention of new high technological weapons and

weapons of mass destruction. It is extremely important to bear in mind that

the only horrible thing, which will ever happen, is the third world war.

Wars are counterproductive and useless. A war has no explanation. But

why do wars start? According to history wars can start because of the

territory division, problems of religion, envy, misunderstanding between

diplomats. However, there are many other reasons why a war starts. The main

idea is that people do not usually understand the causes of war and do not

understand its reasons because politicians usually decide weather the war

should start or not. But let us pass over to the history of wars.

The main idea is that the first thousand male human beings were ever

gathered together, they belonged to an army, and large-scale slaughter of

people happened soon afterwards. Moreover, the first army carried such

weapons as spears, knives, axes, perhaps bows and arrows and its strength

did not lie in mere members but in discipline and organisation. In

addition, drill is what transforms a mob of individual fighters into an

army. Therefore, the basic forms of military drill are among the most

unchanging elements of human civilisation. Though every man died his own

death, what happened was quite impersonal during the battle of well-drilled

armies. The result is that thousands of men would die in half an hour, in

an area not bigger than a couple of two football fields. Consequently, a

question immediately comes to mind: ‘How could men do this?’ The reason is

that a formation of drilled men has a different psychology, which tends to

overpower the personal identity and fears of the individuals. In

conclusion, people will kill if they find themselves in a situation where

their own survival is threatened and due to this anybody can be persuaded

and manipulated in this way.

But the war has changed through the ages in some ways. First, the

reasons of war somehow differ. Besides, the scale of wars has changed. In

addition the technology has greatly changed and plenty of new weapons have

appeared. But war has not changed in one thing. It is suffering it brings.

If you want my opinion then I am sure that I will never fight in a war

if I do not understand the reasons and aims of this war. The only thing I

will fight for is my family. Maybe, you are surprised because I haven’t

said ‘motherland’ but I will not fight for my motherland if I find it’s

politically wrong or not suitable for me.

Besides, what really irritates me is that a lot of important facts are

neglected in our history books and, reading them, you get the impression

that the Second World War for instance was nothing but a set of dates and

battles. This makes the younger generation misunderstand the reality of war

and understand it thoughtlessly.

Finally, let’s hope that there will never ever happen any war and

there will be the time when people will understand all the uselessness of


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