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Of Plowshares and Swords

Updated on April 28, 2020
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Every man is a philosopher the moment he asks himself the question, why? Philosophy is not gleaned from a textbook but observed and pondered

Instruments and Impements

Flesh ...steel...hate; these three.

Flesh, soft and pliant, yields before cold unrelenting steel. And yet it is flesh that wields steel. Steel, of itself, has no ‘animus’, no life force or passion that drives it. The blade, or any other weapon formed by ingenious flesh, lacks a will to act on its own. It possesses neither intelligence nor malice.

It is ‘hate’ that fires the hasty passions of flesh and fuels the rage that drives our kind to strike in anger. Hate unlocks moral restraint and unleashes its blind rage. Flesh carries out its evil agenda. Steel, then becomes naught but the tool of hate.

Steel, of itself, is not evil.

The ingenuity of flesh rapes the abundance of earth, plunders its resources, and perverts them into instruments of unspeakable cruelty. Steel can be fashioned into a blade that slashes flesh to spill the life blood of the innocent. Or it can be formed into a weapon that hurtles leaden projectiles toward vulnerable bodies. But hate is the trigger.

Steel could just as easily be formed into implements of peace that promote prosperity, provide for the common benefit, and establish security. But first hate must be replaced with another passion equally as strong, as intense.

Yet it is a passion that drives flesh to another end. Instead of being unleashed on itself to bring about destructive means, the senseless spilling of blood and ending of life, it propels men clothed in garments of flesh to a higher end.

This power affirms life rather than diminishes it. It seeks to benefit others instead of pursuing its own selfish interests; rather than plunder another's' possessions it dispenses abundance at its own expense.

As long as hate reigns, as long as flesh succumbs, steel is left to ravage. Flesh...steel...hate; these three.

A new choice then is presented; one that doesn’t pit brother against brother but friend for friend. New eyes that see no foes, only opportunities to assist, to preserve life, and enhance its quality.

Or there is that old familiar course, as old as man.

As long as hate reigns, as long as flesh succumbs, steel is left to ravage.

Flesh...steel...hate, these three

Instrument Of Cruelty

Steel, then becomes naught but the tool of hate.

© 2010 Jim Henderson

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    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 

      14 months ago

      Yes, that's true about everything.

    • jimagain profile imageAUTHOR

      Jim Henderson 

      14 months ago from Hattiesburg, Mississippi

      It would seem! Steel cold be either an implement or a weapon. Either way, it seemed to be an extension of the user. Perhaps that is our own worst judgement, to be the victim of our own intents?

    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 

      14 months ago

      Then again the Hindu God Shiva is the god of creation and destruction. One could say the same of a monotheistic God. Maybe entities have to do both.

    • jimagain profile imageAUTHOR

      Jim Henderson 

      14 months ago from Hattiesburg, Mississippi

      Thanks to Robert Sacchi for reading, and especially for taking the time to comment. I'm not sure what you might call this? I think I wrote it after having a discussion with some anchovies one night after pizza?

      I suppose it's a three-legged stool; flesh, steel, and the animus to wield steel against another. Yes, it seems we humans excel at taking something inanimate, as steel or technology, and employing it for destruction.

      Thanks again!

    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 

      14 months ago

      So true. Point of fact steel is an alloy of iron and carbon. Humans make the steel.

    • jimagain profile imageAUTHOR

      Jim Henderson 

      6 years ago from Hattiesburg, Mississippi

      Thank you for the comments...and now I must confess, much to my chagrin, that I have no clue what that means but it sounds really sophisticated!

      Thanks again!

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      Patience 

      6 years ago

      Your's is a point of view where real inniclegetle shines through.

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