The Primitive Notion of War
We’ve all experienced the technology revolution and its rapid pace of change. Smart phones evolved out of cell phones, and now many of us no longer even have landline telephones.
In barely a century we’ve gone from being impressed with the Ford Model T to being impressed with the Google car that drives itself. The jet airplane has replaced the stagecoach. MP3 files have replaced vinyl records. We could go on and find countless examples of developments in almost all areas of life—from mechanics to medicine—that have eclipsed earlier ways of doing things. Yet, there is one area of life that is still quite antiquated: we continue to fight and kill each other.
How primitive is the notion of war! Yet, world leaders still carry on campaigns appealing to young people to sign up for training in hand-to-hand combat. Yes, we still have infantry and cavalry, foot soldiers and horse/tank-mounted soldiers that we send out onto the field of battle with weapons in hopes of maiming or killing an opponent the same way it was done centuries ago in the time of Genghis Khan, and even further back to the Roman Empire.
Humble yourselves, world leaders, and realize that we are still quite barbaric. While we have grown and developed in many ways, regarding the concept of war, we are stuck in a primitive past. War is obsolete. We should have grown out of it long before now. If computers and cell phones kept pace with war, Dell would be promoting the Abacus 3.0 and Apple might have been offering Tin-Can-&-A-String 5s for this holiday season.
The human mind has developed ways to radiate tumors; to let us know days ahead that a hurricane is coming ashore; to bounce a beam off a satellite in order to tell us the minute a rising star has done something ridiculous again. It would seem that the human mind is capable of deducing that war is counterproductive to the human self. There lies the missing link to our future. The greatest heads among us have the challenge laid before them.
Now that we have concluded that war doesn’t work, we must develop into a warless society. We must create an alternate way to find resolution to conflict.
In reality, life without tolerance for conflict already exists among us on the level of the individual. School children are simply not permitted to resolve issues by fighting. It is illegal for neighbors to resolve issues with gunfire. Get in a bar fight and you’re ejected. If violence as a source to resolve issues is not acceptable on the individual level, it is preposterous on the world level.
Can we live without discovery of the next computer app? Some of us will not live without discovery of how to eliminate war. Therefore, we call to the brilliant minds among us to get to work on mapping the road to zero tolerance for war amongst the governments of the world.
We fancy ourselves as the superior species. Yet, while the groundhog tunnels when it sees winter coming and the deer runs from fire, we keep running into the fire. Time and time again, through centuries of existence up to the present era we think we’ll have a positive result if we just try conflict resolution by violence one more time. Is that a field general I hear mumbling something? Yes, it didn’t work out so well in Vietnam, but we’re smarter now, and this is so different now in Iraq and Afghanistan!
We have a skewed memory of our past and no instincts to guide us through this issue. Children continue to lose their parents and parents lose their children with every war. It is time to realize that war is so yesterday.