I was thinking about the "loss as a motivator for peace" a lot in comparism to the end of the Cold war.
I grew up in East Germany and I am now citizen of Germany. Anyway, all in all, I am happy that the wall came down. It brought us in the first years of being together with the rest of Westgermany some reall good changings.
But really peaceful? I don't know. Since 2002 German soldiers are allowed to get into war again.
The unemployment is aweful high. The control/observation of people is now by law allowed but it is freedom taking and I got the feeling to live in a police state. So whatever I write here ... the BND will know. And I am sure they know about the donations I do for organisations that are not based in the "free democratic Europe". I think usually twice or three times about the stuff I write.
I am upset about the ignorance about some West German people (I have to call them Westgerman now, cuz those are not my neighbours ... not in my heart) who still ask me whether I come from the ZONE (yeah and you not) ... who really honestly ask me whether we had running water and electricity in the GDR?! ... who know everything in history and about the GDR and East Germany better but NEVER been to the East even not after 20 years the wall is down. I absolutely hate that and those people are building a new wall between the society and these walls are sooo badly to destroy.
After being a child of socialistic propaganda, I had honestly a lot of predjudices but the first thing I tried to do was seeing whether these thoughts and the "knowledge" would fit to the others. So, I began to travel. I realised that moving to people ... talking with them, showing them you are not a silly beast of socialism ... breaks walls and builts understanding.
This is just a small begin for a discussion that can grow, if you want.
I really want to share my experiences from my side and want to know from you ... bout the Cold War and what happened afterwards.