Participant Questions & Insights

October 2017 Student Peace Seminar on Nuclear Abolition

“The United Nations is very important but sometimes it can seem like the UN is talking a lot but the effect is not immediately visible to society to show people that we are actually moving forward.”

“How do we talk about a world without nuclear weapons in realistic terms? There are many government decision makers that believe it is important to their security strategy.”

“Most of the decision makers in this country are men. Are men engaging with women who are involved in this issue? How diverse are the people in power?”

“There are a lot of people who have an incentive to continue war. Why would they the motivation to stop the war?”

“Human nature is always survival of the fittest. Country leaders feel they reserve the right to defend their country and protect their people by having nuclear weapons. This fear is one of the main reasons that nuclear abolition hasn’t moved forward in policy.”

“Mr. Ikeda talks about the cold war mentality and that the dissemination of information to the public is very important. Warfare can be seen as removed from us. When you think about North Korea, you think about the figure head, but not the millions of people who reside in that country.”

“It is important to engage in dialogue with more than just people around us, but also with people who are different than us.”

“How do we create a culture of civic engagement? How do we create a culture where it is desirable to be an informed electorate?”

“There are so many different socio-economic problems in the U.S. alone. How do we work on everything in tandem? How do we make people care and how do we give them a way to voice their care?”

“We talked about the importance of America acknowledging its past. And changing its textbook, recognizing its faults and mistakes. It needs to be taught to young people from the beginning that nuclear weapons is not an option that brings security.”

“Why isn’t the information from the UN easy for us to read? Why does it have to be so academic if it is so important to the world?”

“How do we make caring cool?”

 

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