Ending War – Nov. 14

Is a world constantly at war inevitable? Is it possible to end war? Can we even imagine a world constantly at peace?Before we can even think about how to end war we need to consider what causes war. Why do humans go to war? Why do people fight with each other? Why does one man fight with another?

The simple answer is conflict. One man/group/nation has something that another wants, or does something another doesn’t like, or maybe it is just fear that someone else will attack you first, the reasons never end.Conflict will always be with us. How we handle that conflict is critical.  To end wars we need to find ways other than violence to resolve conflicts.  Conflict Resolution 3:33 min.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KY5TWVz5ZDU

“While particular wars are triggered by local events, they do not “break out” spontaneously. They are the inevitable result of a social system for managing international and civil conflict, the War System. The cause of wars in general is the War System which prepares the world in advance for particular wars.”

“The War System rests on a set of interlocked beliefs and values that have been around so long that their veracity and utility are taken for granted and they go mostly unquestioned although they are demonstrably false. Among common War System myths are:

  • War is inevitable; we have always had it and always will,
  • War is “human nature,”
  • War is necessary
  • War is beneficial
  • The world is a “dangerous place”
  • The world is a zero-sum game (What you have I can’t have and vice versa, and someone will always dominate, better us than “them.”)
  • We have “enemies.”

“The War System also includes institutions and weapons technologies. It is deeply embedded in society and its various parts feed into each other so that it is very robust.”

“Wars result in part from a certain, simple mind set. Governments have succeeded in convincing themselves and masses of people that there are only two responses to aggression: submit or fight, be ruled by “those monsters” or bomb them into the Stone Age.We can end war only if we change the mindset, ask the relevant questions in order to get at the causes of an aggressor’s behavior and, above all, to see if one’s own behavior is one of them.  The entire cultural complex of the War System must be replaced with a different system for managing conflict.”  http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/29573-a-blueprint-for-ending-war

“Why of course the people don’t want war. Why should some poor slob on
a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of
it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people
don’t want war neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in
Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the
country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to
drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist
dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no
voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.
That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked,
and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the
country to danger. It works the same in any country.”

by: Hermann Goering
(1893-1946) Commander-in-Chief of the Luftwaffe, President of the Reichstag, Prime Minister of Prussia and, as Hitler’s designated successor, the second man in the Third Reich

World Beyond War 10:23  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDiY8p8AAoU

War is not inevitable – Introduction War Prevention Initiative. 4:45 min.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBKDE0_YpQc

Is war over? — A Paradox Explained 5:45  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbuUW9i-mHs



About altruist1

I am a raging progressive and a writer. I received Bachelors degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Arts with a Secondary teaching certificate and a minor in Physics. I taught for about ten years, then did various jobs including welding,fabrication and traffic engineering, and am now retired. I am interested in science, energy, the environment, and architecture.
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