War as the Essence of Government/The State Throughout History

 

I invite those sickened by physical violence wherever in the world to think about some unthinkable things.

 

WAR. The etymology of the word/concept as always illuminates the fundamental lesson: beginning with Old English wyrre, were “large-scale military conflict” back to the most ancient Proto Indo-European root wers- “to confuse, mix up”; and this is: what we do to each other as INDIVIDUALS is CONFUSED by how we act towards each others as COLLECTIVES.

 

War is due to a primary and primitive non-differentiation (mix up, confusion) between the INDIVIDUAL and the gatherings individuals together create, COLLECTIVES.

 

Each individual must find or create his or her necessary and sufficient MEANING in order to continue living. No one can escape this basic human task.

 

Most of us do this by “finding” it in some readily available COLLECTIVE form such as “Nation”, “God”, “Guru”, “Communism”, “New World Order”, etc.

 

A few create their own meaning out of themselves INDIVIDUALLY, as, metaphorically, a spider, secretes its web by which it lives (or dies).

 

This last way of generating your own meaning is most rare because most difficult. But to me, it is the only “authentic” way to live a life of meaning. (Etymology of authentic: from Greek autos “self” + hentes “doer, being”; from Proto Indo-European sene- “to accomplish, achieve”.)

 

WAR is, unfortunately, one of the main COLLECTIVE ways (along with RELIGIONS) most of us have used, and been used by, to obtain our MEANING OF LIFE. Think how as a young child (and current adult!) you watched movies of your “heroes” and how much war excited you. The unfortunate truth of human history is that WAR gives most of us our MEANING in the easiest (most exciting!) but most destructive way.

 

For me, my task until I die, is to get as many persons as possible to understand that WAR is an entirely AVOIDABLE tragedy brought on solely by GOVERNMENTS (The State); if we do away (by rational abandonment, not by violent revolution) with Governments as the “UNNECESSARY EVIL” they are, only then have we the opportunity to allow PERSONAL RESPONSIBLE FREEDOM to work its wonders among us to grow prosperity and peace.

 

I think I understand the magnitude of difficulty in achieving my goal before I die (at 70 turns about our sun, I claim another 30, but…). My insight into our Human Condition leaves me shaken if not stirred.

 

I wish to do away with the JAMES BOND HEROISM that I had fallen prey to even with my most independent upbringing. We males, especially, are genetically and mimetically predisposed to value war; as are, by the way, women (see here, Lloyd deMause). I want to enable our next generation to obtain its excitement not from WAR as DESTRUCTIVE CREATION but rather from FREE TRADE as CREATIVE DESTRUCTION.

 

It is my intention to promote a “FREE FRIENDS” community in any specific geographical location and Internet inspiration where WAR becomes OBSOLETE as does GOVERNMENT.

 

To me, the key understanding is that each of us needs to recognize how the evolutionary formation of our species has “formatted” us to the FATHER as the AUTORITY figure, and how this genetic, then memetic (cultural) pattern has dictated our social structures that have inevitably lead to war. In this brief introductory essay, I only touch on this. Go to my website: www.ResourceForYourSource.com for more.

 

It took me some 65 years to truly understand how the world works and how war does its intended job. So I am patient while feeling frustrated with getting my message across.

 

The best introduction to this way of thinking about war is in the book by Chris Hedges, “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning”. I urge all that fear and despise physical violence to read this book. Here are some key quotes:

 

“There are always people willing to commit unspeakable human atrocity in exchange for a little power and privilege.”

“The enduring attraction of war is this: Even with its destruction and carnage it can give us what we long for in life. It can give us purpose, meaning, a reason for living.”

“In the beginning war looks and feels like love. But unlike love it gives nothing in return but an ever-deepening dependence, like all narcotics, on the road to self- destruction. It does not affirm but places upon us greater and greater demands. It destroys the outside world until it is hard to live outside war’s grip. It takes a higher and higher dose to achieve any thrill. Finally, one ingests war only to remain numb.”

“The enduring attraction of war is this: Even with its destruction and carnage it can give us what we long for in life. It can give us purpose, meaning, a reason for living. Only when we are in the midst of conflict does the shallowness and vapidness of much of our lives become apparent. Trivia dominates our conversations and increasingly our airwaves. And war is an enticing elixir. It gives us resolve, a cause. It allows us to be noble. And those who have the least meaning in their lives, the impoverished refugees in Gaza, the disenfranchised North African immigrants in France, even the legions of young who live in the splendid indolence and safety of the industrialized world, are all susceptible to war’s appeal.”

“As long as we think abstractly, as long as we find in patriotism and the exuberance of War our fulfillment, we will never understand those who do battle against us, or how we are perceived by them, or finally those who do battle for us and how we should respond to it all. We will never discover who we are. We will fail to confront the capacity we all have for violence.”

“The violence of war is random. It does not make sense. And many of those who struggle with loss also struggle with the knowledge that the loss was futile and unnecessary.”

“To survive as a human being is possible only through love. And, when Thanatos is ascendant, the instinct must be to reach out to those we love, to see in them all the divinity, pity, and pathos of the human. And to recognize love in the lives of others – even those with whom we are in conflict – love that is like our own.”

(end of quotes of Hedges)

 

After these so many words, if you have an interest in discussing and forwarding this topic of WAR, please do so wherever available to you. Contact me here: themesofjack@gmail.com.

Towards Personal Responsible Freedom,

 

Jack, now in Beijing, CHina, soon to be in Santiago, CHile, CHeers

 

Below are quotes taken from an all too typical article on the effects of war.

 

As South Sudan Crisis Worsens, ‘There Is No More Country’

By MARC SANTORA JUNE 22, 2015

 

“’This is a senseless war.’ said the spokesman, Col. Phillip Guarang.”

 

“The details of the worsening violence against children are unspeakable,” the director of Unicef, Anthony Lake, said in a statement this week. “Survivors report that boys have been castrated and left to bleed to death. Girls as young as 8 have been gang raped and murdered. Children have been tied together before their attackers slit their throats. Others have been thrown into burning buildings.”

 

“Chol Garkouth, 15, can barely remember how his family celebrated his country’s independence from Sudan four years ago. He does not know about the support the United States gave to South Sudan’s creation, the eight peace deals that have collapsed since his fledgling nation quickly spiraled into civil war, or even much about the politics fueling the fire.

But he knows why he picked up a gun.

“All the other boys my age were going to fight,” Chol, 15, said from his hospital bed, bleary-eyed, a bullet wound in his leg. “I wanted to go fight with them.”

Many observers argue that the humanitarian crisis seems to get worse by the day.

The country’s economy is in free fall, and the cost of food, gas and other essentials has skyrocketed.

By April, 3.8 million people did not have enough food. Within a month, that number had grown by nearly a million.

“A staggering number of people are going hungry,” said Joyce Luma, the director of the World Food Program in South Sudan.