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IS WAR INEVITABLE

IS WAR INEVITABLE

Most Americans believe war is inevitable because it is fixed in our violent, power-obsessed, greedy, venal, vengeful human nature; or because Hitlers will always rise and they must be stopped; or because the oppressed will eventually fight for freedom. Some say belief in sustained peace is Utopian: na?ve at best, dangerous at worst.

But a growing body of scientific evidence argues that human beings are more adaptable and reality less fixed than heretofore believed. From Shakespeare to Goethe to Einstein, great thinkers have been saying that humans create their reality with thought and feeling. If that is true, then do humans create war because they believe war is inevitable and therefore they must kill or be killed? Is war finally an act of despair?

At one time everybody knew the sun revolved around the flat earth. But the overwhelming obviousness of those ?facts? did not make them true. Is the inevitability of war another ?fact? that needs to be re-examined?

Documentarian and Emmy winning screenwriter, Vickie Patik, is searching for the answers to these questions by interviewing experts in the humanities, sciences and religion and editing their insights into an escalating and controversial debate. With more to follow, she has personally interviewed Nobel Laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mohamed ElBaradei, Walter Kohn, and Frederik Willem De Klerk; theologian Hans Kung; U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich; Pulitzer winning journalist Chris Hedges; Daniel Ellsberg (Pentagon Papers); neuroscientist Peggy La Cerra; primatologist Frans de Waal; and U.N. Assistant Secretary-General Thomas Stelzer, among others. The debate will be interspersed with clips that show non-violent peace-making in process; both successful and unsuccessful efforts to oust dictators, to thwart or end wars or to cause important social change.

Is War Inevitable is a long overdue contribution to a critical conversation; one that will add to self-awareness, what Chris Hedges writes is mankind?s best hope. This documentary will not be a spoon-feed; viewers will have to make up their own minds. With the proliferation of nuclear weapons that dwarf the atomic bombs used against Japan in 1945, nothing less than the future of all human beings is at stake as we decide if we can solve problems without war.
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