the business of war

Every act of war is an act of ego.

It has been said that every act of war is purely about man’s greed, and a desire for wealth and power…a need to be right.

I’m certainly not saying anything new in that statement, nor something that isn’t blatantly obvious.

I woke up this morning knowing that while we must continue on our own paths towards love and compassion for our fellow man, war will continue as long as we never speak about the bare bones of what fuels it.

I’m not interested in having the popular opinion and talking in circles about what ails the human condition unless we are getting somewhere. It is easy for us to lament, but so much more difficult to face the truth head on.

What am I rambling about?

As long as countries, governments and individuals are involved in the BUSINESS of war, as long as corporations continue to build arms for all sides of the conflict, as long as governments have vested interests in countries and keep them in tatters to control their economy, as long as we blame religion and ‘evil’ Muslims or Christians or Jews or what have you for war, we will never climb out of this hole.

The only way to starve conflict is to starve the beast that powers it. But there is too much money to be made. And it is so very easy to incite the minds of egoists who are drunk on foolish thoughts of power and greed.

Keep the fools hungry, keep them country-less, keep everyone afraid that their religion is under attack, divide and conquer.

Am I a conspiracy theorist? You betcha. But what I’m talking about here is not something we don’t already know.

So while my heart aches and I grieve for every peace loving, mindful, compassionate being out there, I am not naively placated by words of governments whose underbelly is woven with implication.

This is happening, whether we believe it or not.

I for one, will begin in the only place that I can. By examining my own self and working on transcending my own fears.

I still believe that Love is the way. I am optimistic even as I admit the truth of the matter, that we can overcome.

And let’s not blame this on the Devil. The buck stops here. My friends, let us hold strong in the good that lives within us and love our neighbor as we love ourselves.

Ah, but that may be the rub…do we even love ourselves? If we truly did, war would be impossible. No sane person would wage war against themselves.

One cannot kill without dying in part or in whole to their spiritual self.