Two ants were sitting on an a mound up on a hill overlooking a battlefield. From there, they could see men from two armies fighting viciously with guns, tanks and shells. All over there were dead and dying from both sides.
The first ant said, “This is great! Let the humans fight their crazy wars and when they have finished killing each other to the last man, then ANTS will rule the world! Bwahahaha!”
“Bwahahaha!” echoed the second ant. “Hooray! Ants will rule the world!”
After a short pause to think, the second ant asked the first ant, “Black ants or Red ants?”
And so, this is war. Don’t know how or when humankind started sacrificing on the altar of war but it doesn’t seem we will stop.
This week in Europe, various ceremonies are being held to commemorate 100 years since the start of World War I. Some 16 million people perished in 5 long years of fighting. it was the war that marked the start of the industrialization of killing. It had been called the “war to end all wars”. Yet just two decades later, the world plunged into World War II and more than 60 million killed. We were just getting more effective in killing.
And so, far from moving towards enlightenment, understanding, fraternity and peace, conflicts continue to plague us since.
Some (from atheist and humanist circles) claim that religion is the main cause of war and certainly there have been many wars fought that use religion to draw the battle lines. But I believe that mostly that hides other motivations – usually, political, ideological and/or economic ………. and in some cases, just base pack mentality of “us” and “them”.
Just consider some of these non-religious dictators and the damage they inflicted on mankind (estimated killed);
- Joseph Stalin – 42,672,000
- Mao Zedong – 37,828,000
- Adolf Hitler – 20,946,000
- Chiang Kai-shek – 10,214,000
- Vladimir Lenin – 4,017,000
- Hideki Tojo – 3,990,000
- Pol Pot – 2,397,000
- (source: R. J. Rummel “Lethal Politics and Death by Government”)
I really believe that the root of it all is the desire “to want what others have and to deny others from getting what we have”.
Did you know that back in the 1930’s USA prepared a series of contingency war plans and the first one they came up with was codenamed, “War Plan Red” – the invasion of Canada?!?!?!
It was part of a plan to address the problem of the British Empire being an economic and global rival to America’s aspirations.
Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. ”
Let us pray for the peacemakers where ever they are and in whichever conflict they are trying to bring to an end. Let’s not let the ants take over and rule the world.