- Posted March 8, 2014 by
How many more to wars?
If some humans manage to survive and further evolve for another 1,000 or 5,000 years or so years, I fear these descendents of us will find our bones buried beneath the rubble of fallen buildings. I fear they will find our present civilization scattered amongst the ruins of war.
Our more evolved descendents will examine the legacy of our 21st century beliefs, crimes, wars and accomplishments. They will measure the size and slope of our foreheads, then probably define us as relatively primitive predators. They will realize we still tried to solve disagreements and gain influence and territories by violence. The evidence of this will be abundant.
Our more evolved descendents will realize that we humans of the 21st century do not yet completely understand and control our past, primal, hereditary influences of anger, hate, violence, territorialism and predation.
Through the many past thousands of generations finally leading to us, our ancestors did use anger and deadly violence in battles for food, influence and territories. For millions of years finally leading to us, our ancestors did survive by being vigilant predators. Our eyes finally give us away. For the eyes of predators evolved to face forward in order to better identify their prey. The eyes of the hunted usually face more to the sides to better be on guard.
For millions of years, the most strong and aggressive leaders who survived vicious battles for food and females and influence and territories were chosen to procreate while the traits of more passive people diminished in comparison.
Our ancestors eventually established homes and hunting territories that were often ambitiously expanded over others more passive. Territories were protected and defended against imagined, anticipated or actual intruders by a threatened viciousness and by an armed, united strength.
Our more evolved descendents will realize that we humans of the 21st century are presently entering an especially dangerous period in our evolution. Our gradually growing intellect does allow us to develop the technology needed for our desired comfort and prosperity. Yet, they will also know that since our Second World War, leaders of nations and movements have also chosen to try to use the imposing technology to produce and sell and buy invisible bombers and smart missiles and quiet subs and fast tanks and many, many more weapons of our mass, self-destruction. History will show how our leaders competed for expanding political influences and territories and economic power by using, or threatening to use, their modernizing military strength and better weapons.
Our more evolved descendents will realize that even though our heads appear large to us, we still possess the eyes of predators.
After the United States Revolutionary War ended in 1783, brave and patriotic citizens continued to serve in the military and bravely sacrificed their lives in 19 more wars. 19 more wars, all of which occurred in foreign countries with the exception of the War of 1812, and the Civil War and American Indian Wars when we turned our guns upon our own people.
And in the U.S., we sit with our eyes blankly staring and with our mouths agape every 4th of July and say, "ooh and aah" as we again celebrate our “bombs bursting in air.”
In the U.S., almost from birth we are taught to sing our National Anthem written, of course, about and during a war, the War of 1812.
In the U.S., almost since birth we sing most loudly, always in unison and cheer as fighter jets perform low flybys.
In the U.S., we sing about “the perilous fight” and “rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air.”
In the U.S., our majority of citizens require or pressure even our youngest children to promise to obey our government which is after all, the same when we "Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.”
And the U.S. is the supreme military and economic power behind a worldwide military-industrial complex where industry profits rise with fears of war and where hopes for peace cause losses and layoffs.
And the U.S. has, of course, stacked the deck in favor of increased industry profits after the U.S. allocated $572 billion in "defense" spending on wars for 2014.
And the malleable masses self-justify and endorse our leaders' competing and expanding political influences and territories and economic power by using, or threatening to use, their modernizing military strength and new, quiet weapons.
And it is no surprise that our struggling U.S. and world economies, temporarily supported by weapons productions and sales, will continue to only flounder on by if...only if our "Masters of War" can fuel even more wars…even more foreign wars fueled by our failed foreign policies and with our sold weapons of mass self-destruction.
And the leaders of nations, movements and religions know that they need media compliance to help indoctrinate the malleable masses.
And the media eagerly complies and parrots sensational indoctrination by the leaders to the malleable masses.
And the media eagerly complies and parrots, knowing sensational indoctrination increases readership and profits.
And the media complies and parrots the leaders’ sensational indoctrination, but the reasons for increasing media collusion and complicity with the leaders are far more sinister than mere compliance.
And the sinister complicity and collusion between the media and leaders of nations, movements and religions have been orchestrated to further indoctrinate the malleable masses.
And the complicity and collusion have been orchestrated to provide fears so the malleable masses self-justify and endorse our leaders' competing and expanding political influences and territories and economic power by using, or threatening to use, their modernizing military strength and invisible weapons.
Past and continuing world militarism does provide the fear and self-justification that malleable masses need. Fears they need, in order for them to further endorse their Machiavellian leaders' expanding political influences and territories and economic power by using, or threatening to use, their modernizing military strength and faster weapons.
And our majority of citizens only parrot to others that U.S. global military strength and expansionism and weapons productions and weapons sales will make us safer when instead the opposite is surely true.
And even our most patriotic and brave soldiers will not be able to protect us from our foreign blunders.
And even our most patriotic and brave soldiers will not be able to protect us from those who fear U.S. global military expansionism and from those who covet our sold weapons of mass destruction and from those who despise the arrogance of U.S. actions and its failed foreign policies.
And our U.S. leaders and citizens still try to coerce more of our finest youths to defend more of their chosen causes and to attack more of their chosen foes. Our Machiavellian leaders still compete for expanding political influences and territories and economic power by using, or threatening to use, their modernizing military strength and smart weapons.
And our United States citizens have always been told, “there are no diplomatic alternative left,” so our finest sons and daughters must again go to war as bravely as we did and our ancestors did.
And our U.S. leaders have always pledged that our finest sons and daughters bravely sacrificed their lives in foreign nations for something..."for our further freedom and democracy at home."
And the Machiavellian leaders of nations, movements and religions are still, somehow permitted by a majority of their followers to issue ultimate threats of wars even when each new battle has taken an increasing toll. Many millions of our world citizens have already bravely sacrificed their health and lives for and because of the causes and conflicts created and continued by the leaders. Yet still, leaders are somehow permitted to coerce or order our finest youths to defend more of their chosen causes and to attack more of their chosen foes.
And the expanding and escalating cycle of continuing world militarism thus feeds itself and prospers, like a self-perpetuating social and moral virus allowed to further drain our global health and wealth.
And the majority of our world citizens, led by leaders of nations, movements and religions and the media, continue to forget that this social and moral virus of world militarism is reversible, is curable and is not yet terminal.
Many continue to forget individual nonviolence in the face of world militarism, so it does remain a common individual and social tragedy when Christians, Jews or Muslims express beliefs in God, then are coerced or inducted to wound, kill or die for their countries or causes. It is especially tragic when any world citizen who feels love, and who shares love with others, enters the military and goes to war. It is tragic when our finest youths still agree to kill other equally perfect human beings.
Most people have been indoctrinated since birth by government, church, family and friends that “Thou Shalt Not Kill,” except in wars. It often appears that our morality still changes to suit the needs and desires of the moment.
The majority of our world citizens and even, amazingly and ironically, our highest religious leaders, continue to believe that sending our finest youths to fight and kill is a necessary evil in our world already gone awry.
Many continue to forget individual nonviolence in the face of world militarism, so like many young servicemen and servicewomen from Wisconsin and from all states and from numerous countries, I also defended my leaders’ chosen causes. Just like many, I also volunteered to enter the military, in 1969, and volunteered in basic training to go to Vietnam. I was subsequently decorated with the Air Force Commendation Medal for my one year of service in Vietnam. I then served as an in-flight crew member on a C-141 personnel and cargo aircraft for another year and delivered military personnel and equipment to over 40 countries. During that year, I routinely returned to Vietnam in order to take healthy personnel and weapons in, then to take the bodies of our boys and our injured back home.
I performed my duties to my country faithfully, but slowly became less faithful to my changing morality and myself. Eventually, I could no longer conscientiously contribute to causes condoned and to conflicts created and continued by my Commander-in-chief. I requested and received an Honorable Discharge as a Conscientious Objector.
Some of my fondest memories of my military service are my many meetings with “my minister” before and after I applied for an Honorable Discharge as a Conscientious Objector in 1971.
He was a “bird colonel” who commanded respect, but was also a very kind, soft-spoken, gentle man.
He helped me clarify my changing morality.
I am still very grateful for his guidance.
And I will always honor all veterans, but I guess most personally the ONE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND FORTY FOUR Wisconsin veterans and FIFTY EIGHT THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHTY SIX United States veterans who sacrificed their lives during our Vietnam War.
I realize I was most fortunate to be born and raised in the United States where we treasure our freedom to object. Yet, every day since my discharge, I have also wondered how many more of our finest sons and daughters and then their children will somehow be coerced and convinced by government, church, family and friends that “there are no diplomatic alternatives left,” so they must go to war as bravely as we did and our ancestors did.
So now I ask you how many more of our finest sons and daughters and then their children will somehow be coerced and convinced or ordered to become brave soldiers in order to pass one of the entrance rites to adulthood?
I ask you how many more of our finest youths will defend more of their leaders' chosen causes and attack more of their chosen foes? Their chosen foes who dare try to compete against our Machiavellian leaders for our expanding political influences and territories and economic power by using, or threatening to use, their modernizing military strength and many, many more weapons of our mass, self-destruction.
I ask you how many more of our world citizens will somehow be coerced and convinced or ordered to go to war to kill other equally perfect human beings?
I ask you how many more of our next generations of finest youths will somehow be coerced and convinced or ordered by leaders of nations, movements and religions to sacrifice their precious lives in war?
How many more will it be?
Will it be many millions more or could it be none?
Do you possess the answers?
Indeed you do.
In deeds you do.
Our definition of democracy determines this to be true.
Our more evolved descendents, looking back at us with sadness and scorn, will realize that our world citizens and leaders should have condemned, long before now, ALL crimes of conflicts and hate and violence and barbaric wars against ANY fellow, equally perfect, feeling, living being.
Our more evolved descendents, looking back at us with sadness and scorn, will realize our world citizens and leaders should have long ago condemned our continuing, conformist allegiance to conflicts and hate and interpersonal or international violence and barbaric wars.
Our more evolved descendents will realize that our hate and interpersonal or international violence and barbaric wars must be replaced with empathy and kindness and patience and communication and mutual respect and compassion and love.
It is not enough to worship with faith
and feel worthy of saving
and then show your hate with charm
and then praise your guns and blows
and then spread your crimes with wars.