Another Century And We Are Still At It


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.

800px-Cemetery_of_World_War_I_in_Auce,_Latvia(Photo by Simka)

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);

 

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.

Sigh……………..

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.

 

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9 thoughts on “Another Century And We Are Still At It”

  1. I think the ants would do a better job. They’d at least provide more leadership! I think if we could eliminate greed, we’d get rid of 99% of the world’s problems.

  2. Ahh but the pissants already took over the world. We only have two reasons for war the power to rule others, seriously we used to war for resources but global markets stopped that mess simply because we won’t sell you materials for war doesn’t mean they won’t. 2) Profit, they and we are both the same. Lot of money to be made in selling 75 million dollar jets that get shot out of the sky and need replacing.

  3. Riot Kitty,
    Looks like you and Mark agree that the love of money is what drives most wars. I think you are right. But I really don’t think ants should rule. Give it up to us squirrels. We’ll take good care of you humans. We have experience taking care of nuts.

  4. Mark,
    I think you are right. Resources was the main reason for conflict; of late it was for oil. But war driven by the arms industry seem to have come to the fore. How do we stop that? By opening the eyes of the sheep.

  5. I think you’re right. Greed is the fundamental reason for war. Greed and the desire for power, which is another form of greed, I guess.

    Hey, the USA tried to invade Canada once before, in the War of 1812. We kicked their ass then and we’d do it again. Hahahahahahahaha! Pure bravado, of course.

  6. Debra,
    I think the USA is afraid of Canada ever since your men’s and women’s ice hockey team kicked their butts in the last Olympics. Then again, they may try it in summer when there isn’t any of that white cold stuff around.

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