Why World War Is Better Than World Peace
The world could be peaceful if we really wanted it. All we'd have to do would be stop killing each other. That's it. World peace is the easiest thing in the world. The reality is that we don't want it. We don't want peace, we want domination. That's the little secret that lies at the heart of every human being. It is what drives us to breed when we have no resources to feed our young, its what drives us to treat people of races other than our own badly, and it is what allows us to sleep well in our beds at night when we know that our tax dollars are being used to wage wars and kill innocents in far off countries.
The everyman can claim ignorance of the horrors his government perpetrates in his name, but the reality is that not only is he aware of it, he agrees with it and supports it. When torture photos were released from Guantanamo, was it shut down? No. A debate was entered into on the legitimacy of water boarding, a crime which Japanese soldiers were executed for carrying out in WWII, but which is apparently now a okay, because, you know, we are doing it to other people. People who speak another language and who have infinitesimally different blood lines.
We know that children are being killed in unmanned drone attacks along the Pakistani border. One of Obama's first acts as US presidents was to authorize these attacks. In one case, funeral goers were killed by a drone attack whilst attending the funerals of those killed in drone attacks. But do we care? Hell no, we don't.
We don't care about civilians, and we
care even less about soldiers. The Geneva convention is little more
than a tattered whispering ghost document of times gone by, times
when Western soldiers were at real risk of capture and torture over
an extended period, times when we were prepared to promise to treat
enemy troops well in return for our own also being treated well. Now
that precious few soldiers are captured, and even fewer survive more
than a few days of captivity, the Geneva convention has been
circumvented to allow the USA to hold whoever they like and do whatever they like to them. Years later, it is still happening. Years later, nobody gives a damn. We'll only give a damn when somebody captures a critical mass of people we happen to care about. People with the same skin color and religious beliefs as us, probably.
Make no mistake, we are living in a time of horror and the majority of us are doing nothing about it. Remember when you read about the holocaust and wondered how the German people could be so complicit in the murder of millions? Well, Guten abend meine damen und herren, we're all German now. We sit, and we watch and we grow fat and we do nothing.
Why? Is it because we're powerless. I don't think so. I think it is because the majority of us are little more than gene machines, biological organisms focused entirely on the survival of our own bloodlines. On an individual level some of us care, and some of us act, but the number who do so are precious few. We mock people who call for peace, and if they call for peace too much, we shoot them. John Lennon, Jesus, Martin Luther King, the list goes on.
- "It's interesting to notice who it is we assassinate. Did you ever stop to notice who it is we kill? It's always people who've told us to live together in harmony and try to love one another." - George Carlin
We don't want peace. We want war. We want to wipe out all those who are different us. We want to rule. We want domination. We support the troops, ostensibly because they protect us, but in reality because they further our goals. If we kill enough women and children in far off lands, we can use the resources of those lands in the future. We can breed more, we can control more.
We dislike immigrants with large families, because they are winning the biological race in another way. We fear that they will take our resources. We fear that they will overtake us in wealth. We fear that one day, we may lose control and they will seize it by virtue of numbers. We fear them, because inherently we know that what lies in our own human breast deserves to be feared. It is savage. It is animal.
This is not to say that we are not capable of love. We are capable of great love, especially when it ensures that our genes make it to the next generation. We love our children with great fervor. We love our partners more than life itself.
But we will send our children away to defend our 'freedoms' (aka, our oil interests) in foreign nations. Most of the soldiers dead in Afghanistan are young men under the age of 25. Children. Dying for what? For a sickness that the public which sent them will not stop. We support the troops by sending them to die. With supporters like that, who needs enemies?
'Hello mum, this is going to be hard
for you to read' – The final letter of a 19 year old British
boy soldier who died in Afghanistan.
We feel so superior to all other forms of life on the planet and have no qualms about killing it if we can eat it, or if it happens to be in the way. We think that this is okay because animals aren't conscious, they're not sentient like we are. Yet most of us never look in the mirror and realize that we behave with little more consciousness than your average ant. We protect the nest, breed as much as possible, and destroy all that lies in our path. That's not intelligent behavior, that's gene driven behavior, behavior which makes a human a puppet.
World Peace is possible, but evidently, it's just not desirable.