I find it confusing when I see how much we, humankind, can and have achieved, and yet we still manufacture and make a profit from arms capable of blowing a child in half, or flatten a whole city in less than a minute.
I repeatedly ask myself the question, is humanity inherently incapable of peaceful co-existence? History would suggest this is so. A brief search reveals that in all of recorded history there have only been a couple of short periods, about two hundred years in all when there was no war on planet earth. These in the wake of massive empire building, so in essence were the result of oppression rather than genuine, considered peace.
Somewhere our evolution has become distorted. My guess is that this is due to a spiritual deficit in modern society, a void increasingly filled with concerns material. This unhealthy focus on material wealth and power, it could be argued, becomes obsessional, becomes equated with the instinct for survival, this, in turn, begets violence and, importantly, the rationalisation and justification of the violence.
It should be impossible to justify the killing and maiming of children, surely the ability to rationalise this is an indication of an extreme societal illness. If an individual were to cut a child into pieces and then attempt to provide us with a rational explanation of why they did this we would know they were psychotic and proceed accordingly, yet when a state does it, large (and powerful) sections of humankind accept this as necessary, support it and, to a large extent, enable it.
Francis de Aguilar©
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