PEACE / WAR

War is the cumulative effect of the hatred and aggression of each and every person involved. It is the one place in life where being psychotic is rewarded. After all, waging war against everyone and everything, is very much the norm for anyone psychotic.

It also reflects a very basic truth: if there is no peace on the inside there cannot be peace outside.

And the reverse is true: if I don’t need to wage a war with myself, why would I need to wage a war with anyone else?

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If you want peace not war, think not of war and commit everything to gaining peace.

This extends to the anti-war movement. If you claim that you advocate peace, and yet you vilify and demonise those who advocate war, there is war in your heart.

Demonstrate what you proclaim to believe in – being peaceful – or else be quiet. There is division and conflict aplenty in our society, without you adding to it.

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Being peaceful is saying, essentially, “This is so. And I accept that this is so.”

So, maybe, being peaceful – while certainly in your own best interests – is not the solution to ending war.

I would say that getting the perpetrators of war completely present to what the consequences are of perpetrating war, is one way of doing it.

Getting them present to the terror and the horror in their own lives, that is one way of going about it, for sure.

And how do you do that?

You capture as many of the perpetrators as you can. Given that the likes of Slobodan Milosevic and Saddam Hussein have been captured, this is eminently possible.

And, once you have captured them, there is no need to impose terror and horror on them. Very simply, you engage them in a dialogue, for as long as it takes, asking the kind of questions that, sooner or later, would get them completely present to the terror and the horror in their own lives.

You ask them question after question after question after question about their childhood, their parents, their schooldays. For as long as it takes. Days, weeks, months, years. A relentless bombardment of question after question after question after question …

And sooner or later they would crack. Sooner or later they would get completely present to the terror and the horror in their own lives. And they would have a choice: for the terror and the horror to continue. Or for it to end.

© Phillip A. Klein March 2008

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