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We Are At War With Ourselves

People of the armed forces are not dying for you and me – the citizens. They are dying for the muddle the statesmen create from time to time to attest to each other on who is mightier than the other.

The whipping up of emotions is nothing but, once again, targeted at one set of beliefs. While a good number see through the games, the rest prefer to play oblivious knowing full well that there is nothing that they can do about it.

Ask a common, rational, well-informed individual, and they would swear by love for each other and nothing but. Whether or not you may agree with me I think that the bottom line is that we are not fighting our neighbours. We are at battle with a certain creed, and unfortunately, all this is simply because of what has been ingrained in us, and something we carry around like it were something we cannot cut away from ourselves because we choose not to. What’s more? Times like these expose one’s true nature, and what an alarmingly disheartening face of us it is truly that we show.

Clearly we are also at conflict with ourselves. Had we not been in such a conflict with ourselves, we would have behaved differently than being an echo of the very ones we seem so vehemently to oppose.

I am reminded of the words of Fyodor Dostoevsky from THE BROTHER KARAMOZOV. He says, “Above all, avoid falsehood, every kind of falsehood, especially falseness to yourself. Watch over your own deceitfulness and look into it every hour, every minute.”

Image Battle Of Waterloo painted by William Holmes Sullivan