I believe this has been said before. It has all been said before, over and over. Everything you can say about it has been said…Lots of times. If only it were really a trite, pat or obvious statement! Everybody tends to agree that killing people is wrong…and folks like Jesus and others have said it for a while now. And it would be hard to find someone on the street who would disagree with the general sentiment.
But we still keep doing it.
If one person kills another person it is always condemned, even if it excused by circumstance. If one person mass murders it is always a shocking and horrific event. If a mob of people kills someone it is universally condemned.
The snuffing out of a human life is…or should be….the greatest crime a human being can commit. The wrongest thing you can do, the biggest taboo
But if a nation simply ‘declares war,’ or in the current madness euphemistically “Authorizes The Use Of Military Force” and proceeds to kill a million or so people…..and that is supported by millions of other people.
For our entire life as a species we have had war, we have killed people. Every year we celebrate traditional holidays and every once in a while we decide to kill big bunches of people. Killing people is bad…..war is ok. Sorta….It’s….different.
Peace movements have been around for a long time too, and I am sure that there has always been SOMEONE who has stood up and said before every war….”hey lets try NOT killing big bunches of people and have big bunches of our people killed this time!” After big wars, peace movements are usually pretty popular, what with all the dead people lying in their graves and all the families of the dead people shredded. We do stuff like form The League of Nations or the UN.
But then a new generation of humans comes along and the warlike segment of the species gains power again and then somebody does something and somebody else does something back and there we are again….killing big bunches of people.
This time around though there seemed to be more reluctance, generally speaking, about killing a whole bunch of people. There really WASN’T much of a coalition of the willing to kill big bunches of people. And after the Jingoistic frenzy after 9/11 has had some time to die down…..all but the bloodthirstiest and most scared Americans have pretty much agreed that killing big bunches of people in Iraq is wrong.
Now only the people who want the war to continue are those who are scared that Muslims will swim over and make “their women” wear burkhas….and of course those who PROFIT from killing big bunches of people still support it.
Here is my question.
Is it working? Are we getting better at not killing people?
ARE we as a species evolving away from war?