The 2014 U.S. military budget is $633 billion. In comparison, the United Nations’ peacekeeping budget is $7.8 billion. My country will spend 81 times more to wage war than the U.N. will spend to make peace. I’d rather the ratio were flipped, but my opinion means zip. Maybe I can convince you to put greater emphasis on cultivating cooperation and harmony than being swept up in aggression and conflict. You may get riled up in the weeks ahead, but that leads away from the good life.