War is an exception to all our moral instincts. War is a breakdown of rationality and communication. War disrupts every activity and enterprise that we choose and value, usurps our attention and replaces thoughtful choice with raw fear.
War is horrific in its effects on people who participate even more than the much vaster number of people who are its passive victims. War destroys souls even more than war destroys lives.
We say that the world is run by money, and war benefits the banks and the munitions industry. But the vast majority of the economy and its empowered, profit-making corporations are hurt by war.
We blame war on religious fundamentalists. But the fundamental tenets of every one of the world religions counsels peace.
We say that war consolidates the power of the politicians. That people fall in line and stop asking questions of their leaders. To my mind, this statement begins to approach the truth.
I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.
— Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
So the most important question becomes, “What can I do to put an end to this madness?” My answer is to join with others in concerted action for truth and democracy, both of which poison the war agenda. What is your answer? Ask your heart. Obey its prompt, even if it may seem what it is asking is extravagant.
Jean Bricompt writes on the causes of war.
David Swanson reminds us, “there is nothing inevitable about war. It is not made necessary by our genes, by other inevitable forces in our culture, or by crises beyond our control.”
Act peaceably in your own life. Talk to people about peace. Spread truth. Affirm internally and externally your intention that you will live to see an end to war. Participate in collective action. Organize. Inspire. Persist. Don’t believe the lies.