There are no heroes, or villains, there are only survivors… There are only vicious cycles human beings find themselves trapped in, because of war. In this cycle of events the conquered and oppressed fight to be free, only to become the oppressor. In this never-ending cycle of senseless death everyone gets to taste and endure the horrors of war at least once.
The world has been living a lie for so long now, that it believes that there was an upside, or justification for Imperialism and all the damage that its survivors now are forced to live with.
I do not understand why people keep expressing shock at all the hatred in the world. I wonder how anyone could think that the state of the world could possibly be any different. Everything that we can piece together about human nature proves that human beings have always believed that it is okay to:
- take by force what belongs to another;
- enslave other human beings;
- kill for the sake of killing;
- claim that their values, culture religion, and race superior, to those they wish to conquer;
- believe that lasting peace can be obtained through war.
Human nature has not improved: in fact if anything human beings have gotten worse over time.
We live in a time where racial, religious, ethnic, cultural and even linguistic intolerance are preached, encouraged, practiced, and sponsored by every major government and religious order in the world.
Kings, sheiks, holy men, governments and big business are still ordering their armies, navies and now air forces to attack other nations, to extend their country’s power and influence through military force.
The reality is that the push to control the world by certain groups and countries has never stopped. The leaders of governments, religion and big business are still motivated to go to war over things that do not belong to them like:
- foreign lands for governments;
- natural resources for rich businessmen:
- the souls of the conquered for religious leaders.
What has changed are:
- weaponry, now able to kill and injure hundreds of thousands with the drop of one missile, leaving all the infrastructure intact for use by the attacker later;
- honesty and transparency about what it is all the dying about is gone. Now we say that we are killing to make the world a better place, when really, we are killing for the same thing as our ancestors did: to make the one percent of the world’s richest people, richer;
- which nation or religious order is on top. The western nations and Christianity are on the top of the power struggle now.
What has not changed are:
- the evoking of God as a justification for invasion;
- the torture, starvation, and murdering of the innocent;
- the forced migration of civilian masses:
- the senseless loss of innocent life.
The use of technology and weapons of mass destruction have given the western nations an advantage, but their enemies have found a way to get around the technology and their weapons of mass destruction. Their enemies have done what was thought impossible and brought their guerrilla war tactics to western shores. A place where the west’s weapons of mass destruction are rendered moot.
Were those responsible for the Roman Empire, Mongol Empire, Russian Empire, Holy Roman Empire, British Empire, Han Dynasty, Byzantine Empire, Persian Empire, Umayyad Caliphate, or Ottoman Empire, heroes? Did the end justify the means?
The empires mentioned above represent only the ten of what we teach our children were the most successful empires in history.
Whether these empires were generated by Christians, Muslims, or some other faction, to this day we teach our children to be proud of our ancestor’s accomplishments. We proudly talk to our children of how their ancestors brought civilization, law and order, and the true God to the world. We glorify the crusades, jihads and colonization’s and make those responsible for the suffering and the mass killings heroes. We trivialize, down play and excuse their brutality: a brutality that saw uncountable numbers of people who dared oppose them tortured, spiritually crushed, put to death, and in some cases made extinct.
There are no innocent governments, religious leaders, big business and their followers are concerned. All the afore-mentioned, regardless of ethnicity or religious belief at one time or another, for one reason or another have used violence to oppress the original inhabitants of lands they sought to take possession of, time after time throughout the history of the world.
There are no heroes, or villains, there are only survivors. There is only the vicious cycle that human beings find themselves trapped in. In this cycle of events the conquered and oppressed fight to be free, only to become the oppressors. In this never-ending cycle of senseless death everyone gets to taste the power of victory and the agony of defeat at least once. Winner or loser they will all have to endure the horrors of war forever.
I believe in the words below:
The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.
Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate.
So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.