Answering grievances with bombs –
Defending beliefs with guns –
Instead of love.
Proving points with power,
Threats and murder.
Dividing and demeaning,
Fighting and hating,
Despising and killing,
Controlling and enforcing,
Instead of arguing our case
And allowing others to weigh it up
For themselves –
Demanding, destroying and subjugating –
In a merry-go-round
And economic greed
Where war is always the answer.
There are rare occasions where war is the only answer – when an evil is too great to ignore. But those times are few and far between.
Wouldn’t it be better if people talked about their dreams and beliefs, argued their case and, no matter how strongly they felt, were able to accept and get along with those whose views are different?
Yet this seems not to be the case.
Politics and religion stir up division and hatred and unleash war and violence. People are forced to comply.
War is a terrible thing. It invariably stirs up more hatred. It makes matters worse.
It is not necessary that all people agree or believe in the same thing. How many religions, professing love, peace and harmony, seek war or strictly enforced customs, to enforce their views on anyone who doubts their validity? How many countries seek to increase their power or gain wealth through war and stoke up racism, division, fear, hatred and nationalism as an excuse?