Two Hot Wars & Many Cold Ones

Case for a collective reset

Abhinav Yadav


First photo of Earth from Space taken from captured Nazi V2 rocket in 1946 (Credit)

Recent global events have triggered a shared sense of shock and sorrow. After haphazardly consuming news updates, we eventually put those events into our personal context and mostly move on. Despite the differing details, these incidents appear remarkably similar. The common thread is that an ancient hatred bubbled over and the two sides had justification for further escalation.

The other commonality is that it’s now collectively accepted that with the right push, these cold conflicts will eventually ignite. There’s not much the world’s “hall monitors” can do. The UN is often seen as a toothless bureaucracy setup to fail on purpose and do the bare minimum.

So let’s examine human conflict by considering its context, understanding the actual cost, and exploring our potential long-term solutions.

The Human Context

From ancient times our primary way of surviving as a group has been to tell stories. Learnings passed down generations that provided common wisdom and connection to each other.

Homo sapiens rules the world because it is the only animal that can believe in things that exist purely in its own imagination, such as gods, states, money, and human rights. — Yuval Noah Harari (Sapiens)

Over time our stories evolved & we developed a keen sense of being in or out of a group. Mainly to get control over some limited resource, which led to rivalries. Eventually one tribe prevailed and gained control. Even our more recent history is ripe with examples of European colonizers building their empires over less fortunate tribes.

Membership to a tribe shaped our identity.

21st Century Context

We have come a long way in our understanding of the world. Science has given us tools to control energy, split the atom, land on the Moon, map our genome, cure incurable diseases and send our robotic ambassadors beyond the solar system. Globalization has brought us even closer.

What hasn’t caught up is the collective wisdom of the human race. We still cling to minute differences that our ancestors cared about. Even though science tells us that we are actually not very



Abhinav Yadav

Engineer. Optimist. Science Communicator 🚀 🔭🌌