“In this war we are not fighting against you,the German people for whom we have no bitter feeling,but against a tyrannous and forsworn regime which has betrayed not only its own people but the whole of Western civilisation and all that you and we hold dear”
“May God Defend the Right”
Britain’s message to German people before declaring war on Germany (WW I)
“Hey Mr. soldier man
Tomorrow is the day you go to war
But you are fighting for another man’s cause
And you don’t even know him
What did he say to make you so blind
To your conscience and reason
Could it be love for your country
Or for the gun you use in killing”..(Asa)
Today had me thinking about war. War in the actual sense and war in the psychological sense.I thought about war in its realness and war in its wholeness.I thought about war in its ability to destroy and its ability to create.I say create because no matter what kind of war it is ,the aftermath always results in something/someone new.Someone who has been bruised and is healing , Someone who will never be the same again.
I thought about the psychological wars that exist within and without us.Psychological wars experienced by those who we well know and those who we know nothing about; The lady sited next to you in the bus ,the waiter at the coffee shop,the taxi driver,the beggar who you pay little or no attention to.I thought about turmoil and peace and how the result of war is either of the two but never both.
I thought about the wars between our hearts and our minds.The wars between our reasoning and our conscience.The wars between our ability to change and our resistance to change.The wars between our willingness to love and our capability to hate.The wars between our physical desires and our moral code.The wars between our freedom to live and our slavery to superficial and material things.
I thought about the casualties of war who find themselves in the midst of strife without their knowledge and who suffer from it the most.I thought about the prisoners of war who are taken captive for belonging to the other “camp” , whose willingness to survive dies even before they do.I thought about the perpetrators of war whose selfish motives and blindness prevents them from realising the number of people who will be affected by their reckless decisions and actions.
“There’s a wild wind blowing,
Down the corner of my street
Every night there the headlights are glowing
Theres a cold war coming,
On the radio I heard
Baby it’s a violent world...”
So today I thought about war…I thought about war …and I thought about war.Its all around us not to mention within us.Its the substance that you breath,substance that you hear and the substance that you speak.An inalienable part of our existence if I may say so.I thought about war that culminates in peace.Peace that led me to the conclusion that the root of all wars be it regional ,relational ,international you name it is psychological war.War within your person.For anyone who has peace within them, has no reason to willingly participate in a war let alone start one.
“Oh love don’t let me go
Won’t you take me where the streetlights glow
I could hear it coming
Like a serenade of sound
Now my feet won’t touch the ground
Gravity release me,
And dont ever hold me down
Now my feet won’t touch the ground.”..(Coldplay)