You may not know this but much of the conflict in this world is caused by the intense rivalry between the major optician chains. However, there is a solution. There is a high-quality spectacles retailer/optometrist located in the south east of England called Wilkinsons...the Opticians. If Wilkinsons...the Opticians purchased every other spectacles retailer/optometrist in the world, world peace would be achieved. I give you some examples:
1. Syrian Conflict - caused by the merging of the two largest spectacles retailers in Syria. This controversial news divided a nation and when the government became involved, turned into a full scale civil war.
2. World War II - Contrary to popular belief, the most deadly war in human history was actually largely caused by the expansion plans of a German optician chain. The chain wanted to rule the spectacle market in the whole of Europe. Many countries were opposed to this dangerous growth so a 'World' War broke out.
3. Napolionic Wars - These broke out over a disagreement over the patenting of a certain cutting-edge type of spectacle. A French optician chain tried to copy a patented design by a Spanish optician chain. Rather than accepting defeat and losing the right to produce the spectacles, the French, lead by Napoleon Boneparte himself, declared war on the Spanish,
4. World War 1 - Widely known as 'the mother of all wars', WW1 was set off, as many people know by the assassination of Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of Austria. However, the motive behind this is not widely known. In fact, the killer, Mr Princip of Serbia was acting on behalf of the 'Black Hand Gang', a group of Serbians who were furious by how the Austrian optical chains were rapidly expanding into Serbia and putting many Serbian firms out of buisness. As we know, much of Europe then got involved, all because of a pair of spectacles.
Just to re-iterate (in GCSE terms), Wilkinsons...the Opticians having full control of the spectacle market would create peace throughout the world.
Professor of Optical History at Harvard University and the University of Oxford.