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With the resent infusion of 30,000 troops being deployed to Afghanistan to

continue an already prolonged warring effort, I started to contemplate the true


reasons and nature of war. War and the ability to war is a mindset. This mindset
is perpetuated through generation upon generation of egotistical human beings with
their loyalties tied to abstract ideas and concepts. Normally, these concepts deal
with ideas about territorial security and religious believe. This current increase
in war by the United States is one such example.
The United States of America is itself just an abstract concept developed by
individuals over 200 years ago which has been expanded upon by all furthering
generations who inhabit the certain geographical locations deemed to be considered
the United States of America. This war has been billed in the interest of national
security. This too is nothing more than an idea. Considering the vast majority of
Americans were not affected physically during the attacks on September 11, 2001,
the promotion and fighting of the war by a vast number of individuals from all
across the country shows they are loyal to an abstract concept and not to their
own personal safety.
The mindset of the warring human is that of one trapped in an egotistical
prison, a prison of the mind. While encapsulated in this prison, the warring human
can only perceive themselves as the good, or the right, while they combat the bad,
or the enemy. Both sides of the battle display this mindset and both act
accordingly. Through this mindset horrible atrocities can be committed under the
guise of heroic action. For the warring human believes himself to be the savior of
his fellow correct thinkers, while the enemy must be the wrong and conquered as to
protect the right. This loyalty to a country or to an idea of a divine being has
lead many human beings to enact a heinous false morality and to feel satisfied by
the extermination of his fellow man.
The humans starting the war also perpetuate this mindset but normally do not
buy into the extreme dedication and instead have ulterior motives. Most of the
motives behind all wars have to do with a struggle for power and resources. Once
it is realized that the resources needed to sustain the industrialized way of life
are finite, fighting over these resources is inevitable. The human beings who
achieve power and realize the necessity of acquiring as much of the total
resources to sustain life as possible, know this must be done through trading and
if that does not work, through force. While they operate under the guise of
patriotism, in reality their motives are based on a constant struggle for power
and for resources.
This struggle calls for many individuals who must carry out the war if it to
be successful. To achieve this, the leader must instill a sense of duty and
responsibility into the masses. This is done by many tactics which result in a
false flag patriotism. This results in the masses placing their loyalty into an
abstract concept such as country or religion. Without the concept which is used as
a rallying point, the populace fails to support the leader and the warring effort
is lost. If told the true intentions of the need for resources and the stability
of acquiring resources, the populace who has no direct tie to those resources,
would surely not be willing to risk their lives. The most productive leaders in
history are the leaders who have convinced their populace that they must fight for
an idea and convince them that fighting is the way to liberation. Though liberty
is just a concept as well and one man with a gun can take your idea of liberty
away just as quickly as the idea of having it came to you.
The only way to stop this cycle of existence lies in the abolition of the
ego and the abolition of all ties to anything which can be used to carry out
violence in the name of anything. As William Blake said, “When the doors of
perception are cleansed, man will see things as they truly are, infinite.” In this
infinity, man can view himself not as apart from the whole but as a part of the
whole. With this mindset the need to acquire resources by one particular group at
the expense another will fade away. In fact the view will not be of one group or
another, but of one entire human race that shall provide for all at the expense of
none.