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True or false: "One cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war" -Albert Einstein.

This quote cause quite a stir in my philosophy class. What is your opinion?

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Preparing for war may be enough of a deterrent for potential attackers that war can be prevented.

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Many of my classmates said the same thing. One of the opposing comments was that it is still preparing for war in a way, which was then countered with "what about peace corps? They try to prevent opposition while the country could also be preparing an army". Thank you for your thoughts!
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I suspect, he was referring to a single person or group, trying to do both at one time. That's how I got my idea.2 or more groups working independently, could certainly work toward both goals at the same time, with each group working toward 1 goal.Im sure Einstein considered that.
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True. Anytime anyone is preparing for war, there will be one somewhere eventually. It's best to be prepared than not.

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You just said when people prepare for war, they are guaranteeing there will be war in the future.

So to not have war, people would not concern themselves with preparing for war and settle things in a civilized manner.

However, you also said it is best to be prepared for war, so you are ultimately saying you support the furthering of war?
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I think they're saying it's better to be safe then sorry, which I would agree with. I think it's better that we should be prepared rather then be blindsided by an enemy army.
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And if the other group uses that same reasoning, they will both be preparing to fight each other. Then they fight each other, and many people die for no reason.

Why are the people we fight always the enemy? Can't we look at the "enemy" and realize they are more similar than dissimilar?
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I actually agree with Albert Einstein on that. Preventing and preparing for war are two contrasting things. By the mere fact that you are trying to prevent a way, it means you cannot be at the same time be preparing for the same thing you are preventing. On the other hand, you can prepare for war, should your efforts at preventing it fail. It goes both ways.

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Basically what I said in class. I saw an statement like this actually convince people to believe that I was true that previously thought it was false. Thanks for the thought!
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You can do both, but not at the same time.I would say the statement is true.

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That's what I said in class as well. There seemed to be a perfectly split number of people for and against this statement. Thanks for the thoughts!
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It's like preventing and preparing for pregnancy at the same time.Antithetical goals.

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Where there is man, there will always be the possibility of war. I say the best defense is a good offense.

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True.

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I would say False. You can do both, if you are devious and coldblooded enough. One side could be preparing for war and at the same time send saboteurs to destroy the others war supplies, infrastructure, assassinate leaders, and use propaganda to confuse and divide. Walah....you have done both.

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False. I don't actually think the two are mutually exclusive. I think you can simultaneously hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. It's qualitatively no different than carrying a spare tire in the trunk of your car. Doing so doesn't mean that you're destined to have a blowout, or that you'll be more careless about where you drive. Einstein was an undisputed genius, but perhaps not quite so much in the "softer" sciences. Thanks for posing such an interesting question. Wish I was in your philosophy class!

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It's kind of like Reagan's stance where he said about the Soviet Union, "Trust but verify". Or the saying "Walk softly but carry a big stick".
You can be prepared yet do all you can to keep the peace. Think of Karate. You learn how to kill if you must but are taught to not use this power unless absolutely necessary.

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I agree. Walk softly but carry a big stick....I think this quote says it all. You must be prepared in order to defend your way of life. It doesn't nessasarily mean you are preparing for war as much as you are preparing for the defense of your way of life.
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