Sunday, April 10, 2005

Why War?

Instead of watching the Sunday Morning Talk Fest

and the veneration of a religious leader that was ignored,

on the death penalty, on War, and on arms reduction.

Watch this.

It's a BBC production

about "why we fight".

It starts with the goodbye speech from one of my favorite

Republican Presidents.

Remember to right click on the screen to play in

Real Player.

Now, watch this.

Warning, it will make you want to PUKE,

or slit your wrist, or run for the mountains.

Why do we War?

Well, why are there gang wars?

Because there are gangs.

Why do football teams struggle against one another?

Because there is a football league.

I know this is tautological.

But here goes.

Why do nations War?

Because there are nations.

And why do we allow it?

Because of the way we think.

Man has built in himself images as a fence of security - religious, political, personal. These manifest as symbols, ideas, beliefs. The burden of these images dominates man’s thinking, his relationships, and his daily life. These images are the causes of our problems for they divide man from man. His perception of life is shaped by the concepts already established in his mind.

Obviously what causes war is the desire for power, position, prestige, money; also the disease called nationalism, the worship of a flag; and the disease of organized religion, the worship of a dogma. All these are the causes of war; if you as an individual belong to any of the organized religions, if you are greedy for power, if you are envious, you are bound to produce a society which will result in destruction.

It also causes really bad schlocky videos glorifying the dribble

That is passed off as decent behavior and respectable thinking.

You have to have a powerful myth to convince normal, decent people

To kill and mame innocent people whose only sin is the location

Of their house.

According to Toltec Wisdom,

The human mind is sick because it has a Parasite that steals its vital energy and robs it of joy. The Parasite is all those beliefs that make you suffer. Those beliefs are so strong that years later when you learn new concepts and try to make you own decisions, you find that those beliefs still control your life.

The Parasite spreads like a disease from our grandparents, to our parents, to ourselves, and then we give to our own children. The food for the Parasite is the emotions that come from fear.

Why do we War?


Our hearts are overcome by fear.

And our world becomes a dream of hell.

And the Earthfamily suffers.

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Blogger oZ said...

The BBC documentary is very good.

Take the time to watch it.

11:40 AM  
Blogger Charlie Loving said...

Most it it I agree with.

12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the Miss-Use of "WE"

Pound for pound gang and military membership is significantly of one gender. Is this purely the result of women's generally lesser physical stature? I don't think so.

This is what I think is the nucleus of war.

Men have a tough lot in this world. Psychologically tougher than women. Women are born knowing that they have a place in the world. When the Titanic sank they called, "Save the Women and the Children!" Men-- "sink or swim".

Men are taught very early that they have to PROVE THEIR INDISPENSABILITY. And what more ultimate way than to risk one's life on behalf of hearth and home, kith and kin, political ideals or whatever your identifying group? To risk one's life defines indispensability.

It is upon this insecurity that the 'righteous' complex culture of war, the "military industrial complex", the "imperial agenda" and tribal warfare are spawned.

It is aberrant, unrealized thinking. A "Real Man" knows he is indispensable as a father and as a productive, creative human being.

3:58 PM  
Blogger oZ said...

aha, gender wars. I forgot them.

Thanks all for your comments, even you wags. Now I know where the title for the David Mamet screen play originated.

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe that the human race is capable of transcending war, and I will work to make my belief a reality.

We, however, must not overlook the fact that the known universe is extremely competitive. Humans are in the fraction of one per cent of known life forms that are not in constant danger of being eaten alive by other life forms, and even humans are in danger from bacteria and viruses ever waiting for the slightest chink in our protective systems. Every cubic centimeter of Earth’s biosphere is fought over by competing life forms striving for advantage. Human endeavors into the world of business face ruthless economic competition.

A ruthless competitive spirit seems to be hard wired into all forms of life that survive. When extraterrestrial life is encountered, perhaps it will be so different from terrestrial life that there will be no competition, but I doubt that this will be the case.

Hopefully, the human species will mature to a plateau where our competitiveness will increasingly be channeled into furthering the arts and collective intellect. CHF

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

life and creation seems to be a balance of cooperation and competition.

7:26 PM  

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