milky-way-472975_640Majoring in political science allows me to keep one idea in mind: the idea that states function and carry out actions in their interests. These states are representatives of mankind and our intentions. Just as we understand that states are selfish and carry out measures for their benefits, is in the same way one must keep in mind that this is human nature. Man is born selfish.

What then can we do to alleviate this idea of selfishness? To help states, various populations and individuals turn away from selfish behavior? To imagine a world in which states strive for universal growth; a level at which each individual, each population, each nation is on the same level as others. We live in an era with continuous war and conflict; some that have been solved, others that are still ongoing.

In Our Global Family by The Dalai Lama, he mentions that we are all alike. We all go through stages of development. These stages of development can then allow human development on a more global scale.

His advice to man is to embrace inner peace; Inner peace is key. Through this notion of inner peace and the accomplishment of inner peace, we as individuals will develop a sense of universal responsibility. If we all adopt this idea of universal responsibility, we would work towards a better future for mankind.

Just as Mark Buber mentions in his text the “I-Thou”, one could look at relationships between states as an “I-it” relationship and not an “I-Thou”. One state works with another for material gain, for self-interest, and not in the interest of the other state itself.  However, if states worked on the “I-Thou” level, relating to other states as subjects and not objects, and develop a mutual subjectivity, like a universal responsibility, the world we live in would be a better, more peaceful place.

– By our regional intern, Layal Jammal, World Youth Alliance – Middle East