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Folly of a WW3: a Pandemic of a Hyperactive Survival Instinct
Eyes Get Big in Fear
If, by any chance the time would come that the top health officials made it unlawful to scare the public because of high costs of treating people from stress related diseases and conditions---mainstream media would quickly go bankrupt. Now, not that it will ever happen, but I like the sound of it.
In some of my other articles I mentioned them as "alarmists"; and although they may deserve a few other names, let's keep it clean and just see them as an extremely profitable business cashing in on human fears.
If they wanted to get even for this statement, they could also think of a few names for me, but since they would also want to keep it clean, names like "incorrigible optimist" might sound derogatory enough to them to use it.
And yes---an optimist I am; but it doesn't really take any stretch of optimism to debunk this pathetic theorizing about an imminent or even a remote event of a world war. All it takes instead is some sober thinking which doesn't necessarily mean an absence of alcohol in brain but an absence of intoxication by some crappy emotionalism.
Now, without wasting too much time, let me come out with my first, and probably strongest argument against this conspiracy theorism about WW3.
It goes like this: It will never happen because it hasn't happened so far.
There is so much logic in this statement that my alarmist friends may not even be equipped to grasp it. But let me try explaining. The infamous Cuban crisis back in sixties was the only time when we were a sneeze away from it. Then never after.
It must have left all participants with a feeling similar to the one when you just get missed by a tractor trailer on a busy freeway, having to pinch yourself to make sure you haven't turned into a ghost and don't know it.
Horrible Beyond Any Imagination
Maybe some of us are playing too much with those video games which make war look like fun and without a slightest idea about the cataclysmic magnitude of that highly hypothetical next world war.
It is so dreaded by any of those who have the potential to start it that they would rather keep that trigger-finger up their ass while passing by that nuke button, even making sure that the draft in the War Room doesn't disturb the imaginary dust on it.
Let's think about it, shall we---not between two beers but after the hangover. The Second World War left some sixty million people killed, not including those who died by natural causes related to horrors of war, like heart attacks, strokes, malnutrition, stress, grief, and suicides.
In the next world war, long before the last nuke was fired, there would be no life left on this planet, not a single blade of grass, and our beautiful blue planet would join other ghost planets of our solar system.
Much more significant point to be emphasized is that there would be no winners, just a devastation that would swallow every ambitious hothead dreaming about his victorious military superiority.
To have that scenario a little more complete, massive earthquakes would be caused by those nuclear and huge caliber detonations, as well as tsunamis that would wash away cities or whatever is left of them.
Also, no shelter would be deep enough to keep the radiation out, and those hiding inside would perish in their burrows like miserable animals, not like triumphing self-appointed gods on earth.
No One That Stupid
Let us not compare an initiator of such a war to those suicide bombers from our regular daily news, who don't value their life and will sacrifice it for what they see as a "higher cause".
For, any such higher cause could not be victorious in a war without winners, so even a madman's dream cannot be crazy enough to start something without a final payoff.
For, all his dear ones would be gone, and his people, his holy places, books and statues and everything signifying his highest ideals, whatever they may be would be incinerated in a nuclear catastrophe.
Thus, it wouldn't even take a twisted and hateful mind to ignite the monstrous machinery of the next world war.
So, why does the world seem to act as if they might start exactly all that at any moment in the future? The answer is but too simple: it's the old, good psychological warfare, almost like just another sport discipline in which contestants keep testing each other's nerve in that stadium of political deceit.
It has another, maybe less obvious purpose beside being a strategic pretense, while the potential enemy is not just another bunch of dudes with a bunch of nukes, but---surprise!---it's their own people being potentially after their political asses.
You see, the institution of government is rapidly losing its charm in the patriotic eyes of their subjects, and everyone seems to be more and more following my footsteps of a political cynic---as much as I hate the idea of being followed by anybody.
Leaders' Popularity in Danger
Indeed, there seems to be more and more indications about people forcing themselves to trust their leaders, simply out of a need to have someone reliable to protect them and at least so-so take care of their interests. Haven't you noticed how from one election to another there is less and less enthusiasm, as if people have to choose "lesser of two evils"?
The dream is gone, and now elections are becoming more of a tradition which brings everyone together. Something like a Santa Claus parade with all that cheering about an imaginary good-doer with a lot of presents in his bag---although no one really believes in the obese dude dressed in red and parroting his "Ho-ho-ho" cliché.
Governments around the world are very aware about their dropping popularity, each with special departments monitoring and expertly manipulating the public mood.
The best strategy well tested consists of basically two parts: 1) Separate people into two political camps, which makes them weaker; and 2) Keep them in a constant state of existential anxiety---either by constantly pointing at that "other " party which is "bound to make everyone homeless", or by inventing an outside enemy which makes people cling to the protection of the Big Daddy.
Now, don't ask me how I can be sure about all that---I am not, but these are my pet speculations, and they just might become yours if you would give the whole political mess a little different look, this time forgetting about your present political favoritism.
All those negative news, all those religious scares involving "evil", and every online article that keeps promising WW3 from year to year, along with a "deadly asteroid approaching our planet" from one year to another, the World Warming, an imminent economic collapse---it all just nicely fits into that agenda of weakening of the human spirit for a smoother rule.
By the way, one may wonder why all those catastrophic predictions have never been laughed away even after any of them never being materialized--- but keep collecting millions of online viewers, while a good review of a TV comedy may struggle for some attention.
Well, funny as it may sound, people like to feel "updated" about those disasters, so that they can be "more prepared" for them. Like, where to hide before a nuke or an asteroid make a landing.
I keep telling you folks---we are strange creatures, but cute in our own way, and that's probably why we are so loved by our celestial bosses, according to how much they are displaying their fatherly care.
Something Good About Fear
Yes, keeping in touch with all sources of warnings about who might blow up our precious asses keeps us feel prepared and also well informed. Like, at one point we might have realized that we don't have to worry about Russian nukes but rather North Korean, and somehow it makes a big difference to us.
Since, psychologically speaking, the feeling of a loss, real or only imagined is almost always followed by anger, here we have those brave voices with their resolute policies how to deal with them: "Let's give them bastards a taste of our power! Let's wipe them off the face of the world! Let's enjoy the glory of that ultimate victory!"
Poor idiots. It took America some years and more than fifty thousand of her dead soldiers to wrap up that war in that small country of Vietnam. And, can any of you still remember Bush's ambitious statement before bombing Bagdad?
"In two weeks it will all be over". (So called "Shock & Awe" campaign, March 22, 2003). Now, fourteen years, million dead, and trillions of dollars later, boys are still fighting there---without really having a clear purpose of it. How does that give any hothead some optimism over the prospects of attacking a country with nukes?
However, let me give you a little surprising finale of my story. All these scare tactics are actually good for the masses. You see, the human collective consciousness has not reached a level in its evolution that would spontaneously generate a harmonious coexistence.
That's why I would say that fear is good to keep all that excess of testosterone in check, while it seems impossible to please people, and social upheavals may easily escalate into socio-political implosions that are more of a threat than an outside hypothetical enemy. Fearful people are less aggressive people, and no one wants yet another civil war in their country.
So, let's be scared, like we are while watching a scary movie---as long as we know that reality has nothing to do with it.