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War and Peace
By Emile M Tubiana   
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Last edited: Saturday, February 09, 2008
Posted: Saturday, February 09, 2008

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The author expresses his thoughts about the futility of war.

War and Peace


The war kills innocent people to gain “glory” for those who feel strong and invincible.  But in fact this is a spiritual weakness on the part of the aggressors.  They usually turn their own country into a battlefield and their palaces into ruins.  Their heroes will lie underground.  Their women will turn into widows, and their children into orphans. 

            That is the fate of any dictatorship or aggressor.  The strong tend to crush the weak, but the weak, in the end, remain the strongest.  Any immoral deed undertaken by the so-called strong one becomes destructive to the perpetrator himself.  In fact, weakness attracts evil, which is limited in time.  Sooner or later the roles are reversed.

Life goes on; after the tempest comes fair weather; after nighttime comes the day.  Nature is made up of opposites: right and wrong, north and south, positive and negative, good and evil, beauty and ugliness, happiness and unhappiness, love and hatred.  But people are naive.  They always swing from one extreme to the other.  They do not understand the basic rule of balance, which frankly is quite an art.  The underlying causes of imbalance have to be detected.  Nature has been created to exist in harmony.  The whole universe is based on a balance of forces.  We use the word "evil", whereas evil exists neither in nature nor in humans.  What we face are divergent forces and different elements.  Contingent upon the manner in which these forces and elements are used, the results will be good or bad.  It is for us to know how to work with what we have to produce good and constructive outcomes.  Those who do not understand the characteristics of these forces and elements should stay away from them.

We can use nuclear energy to destroy people or to cure disease.  Venom can kill but can also be the basis of remedies.  Whether we avoid or create evil is a matter of degree.  But if we create evil, we must take full responsibility for it.  Those who understood the basic rules were able to create goodness, beauty, music, literature and many of the other joys that touch our senses.  Through them we can then experience a feeling of satisfaction - the satisfaction of positive work which is nothing other than the mixture of love and goodness filling us with its special powers.  It is often difficult to describe these sweet sensations.  They are caused by forces that come from far, to unite with us and wake the sleeping being in us.  There is no joy in this world that comes close to these feelings of goodness and love which reverberate their beneficial influence upon those close to us.  The sight of a person beaming with joy, goodness and love, immediately takes one in.  It is in our power to belong to that category of persons.

On the other hand, we will always encounter people who do not find us pleasant or lovable; no need to retaliate and become hateful toward them.  Hatred can only be destructive.  Let us ignore hostile comments and avoid provoking such persons, particularly if we wish to remain the way we are.  They don=t even think about what they say.

War is a sign of imbalance.  It is not through force that one re-establishes the balance.  History teaches us that the deployment of force has never led to a durable peace.  Above all, let us respect each other.  No nation is superior to another.  This is also true of religions and cultures.  A victory does not mean peace; it only brings a temporary period of quiet.  It is a grave error to underestimate someone smaller.  The grandeur of a nation or a country is not measured by the number of its inhabitants or its size in square miles.  No cause to rejoice from victories; they do not guarantee a lasting peace.  Those who seek revenge may get back even after a long while.  Time does not matter in history, and history is only an episode in the life of the human race. 




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Reviewed by Cryssa C 2/9/2008
I think this applies to power struggles with children too... :~)
Winning the struggle doesn't guarantee lasting peace!
Thought provoking write, Emile.

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