Monthly Archives: February 2017

Why Do Humans Participate in Wars?

This question was asked by Samantha.

For the grunts on the ground, the reasons are but two:

  1. A sense of duty, fueled by the need to protect loved ones from a perceived threat as well as a need for revenge once a few battles are lost.
  2. Orders.

For those who give the orders, the reasons are almost endless, but, again, fall into just two categories:

  1. Defense
  2. Aggression

Either they want to take something or keep someone from taking what is theirs.

War primarily violates two of the 10 Commandments Moses came up with:

  1. Don’t steal.
  2. Don’t kill.

Violating these two commandments creates an environment which makes it easy to break the other eight as well.   War exists to show us how good peace is.  God is perfectly balanced, both infinitely good and infinitely bad at the same time.  Want proof?  Observe God’s children.  Our genes and resultant thoughts were engineered by God to maintain this balance.  Some of us are good.  Some of us are evil.

Aggressors are generally thought to be evil.  Usually, they are.  Sometimes, they are just trying to get the resources they need to survive.  The really nasty part about war is that once in the midst of a prolonged campaign, it is difficult to say which side is the aggressor.

War is basically a tantrum  typically characterized by stubbornness, crying, screaming, yelling, shrieking, defiance, angry ranting, a resistance to attempts at pacification and lots of violence and killing. It is human beings at their most selfish – willing to kill their brothers and sisters for what they want.

Whether you want war or peace, you must be willing to kill those who don’t.

But don’t worry. No one is going to Hell. It doesn’t exist. God would never send His children to such a place. Indeed, he’d only be sending Himself as each and every human is God incarnate. Don’t be surprised to meet Hitler after you die. He provided God a lot of really intense experience as tactile human beings, not to mention all the inanimate God-stuff that got blown to smithereens. When God first experienced instant vaporization in Hiroshima, it gave a whole new perspective to how His particles can be torn asunder at an atomic level.

War is because God needs it. God wants to experience Creation in every possible way. God created us to specifically accomplish that goal.  Humans participate because we were made that way: in our Creator’s image, each of us a facet of God, doing what we do in unique ways, providing God with yet another viewpoint of Creation.  Pick a side and enjoy the ride!

New Constitution

While I believe in a government by the people, of the people and for the people, I don’t think the original Constitution supports the literal implementation of such a government. It’s hardly the fault of the framers. Present day technology was fairly inconceivable in 1787.  When all meetings had to be in person, you could hardly expect everybody to attend, especially when that meeting was several days ride away.  Naturally, they selected “representatives”.   Today, those representatives each represent, on average, about 725,000 citizens.  I think represent is used only in a formal sense,  But it could be literal as well.

We now have the technology in the palm of our hands to vote whenever, wherever and instantly. If the IRS trusts the internet to carry our financial information, surely the technology exists to mitigate fraud to a negligible level; certainly no more fraud than has been uncovered with the present and past systems.

The way I see it, it could be done three ways:

  1. Modify the existing Constitution to require that elected representatives electronically poll their constituents for a specified time period before the vote, and then vote along the lines of a prevailing super majority.  Anything less than a super majority, the representative gets to vote the way he/she wants. Still, individual personalities would prevail if constituents were evenly divided a lot.
  2. As an a alternative Constitutional modification, we could make it necessary to seek popular approval for ALL laws passed by Congress.  They could do their thing, but it doesn’t become law when the President signs it.  It becomes law when The People vote to accept it.
  3. Get rid of the Congress and it’s expense. All the people (who care to) must vote directly on every issue. Majority rules.  Anyone may propose a law. Naturally, there would be a number of challenges a law must pass before it reaches national attention.

While number 2 may be the easiest, quickest way to forge an amendment, it’s the third option that intrigues me the most. Aside from the huge amount of money it would save, I think first that  there would be a great effort by the existing political efforts to monopolize the voting, simply because so many people are not in the habit.  But once they impose a few unfair laws upon everyone, there will be a backlash that wipes out all the special interests, lobbyists, corporations and philanthropists who fuel the campaigns of those they can control.

Putting government in the hands of the people almost sounds scary, though, doesn’t it?  We tend to imagine the worst of us voting irresponsibly and unwittingly causing the downfall of this nation. Well, if we have become THAT stupid, we deserve to fall down.  But I submit that we ARE falling down NOW and if we the people don’t pay attention we will lose more and more of our freedoms, money and pride.

So, then. We all nod and agree that it needs to be fixed. But do nothing to fix it.