Few will deny that the problem of disarmament is one of the crucial issues of our day. Many, indeed, feel that upon its proper solution may depend the future of civilization. Realizing the enormous destructiveness of modern weapons and equating disarmament with peace, they demand that nations give up the present arms race. Unfortunately, however, disarmament is not purely a matter of national choice or unilateral decision. Actually, it is so thickly overgrown with unproven assumptions, thoughtless prejudices, obscure stereotypes, and is so plagued by a lack of clear, objective thinking that it is difficult to see how a useful solution can be found at all.
Many of the prophets and thinkers of the past have visualized universal harmony and brotherly love as the ideal conditions of life. But even in the biblical Paradise, some inherent contradictions remain unresolved. What did the lion and the eagle do for a living under those conditions? And why were they created to live by killing if they were not meant to do so?