I saw this lovely quote in the paper today and thought I’d share it here. The Speaking Tree is trove of wisdom! I admit I don’t always understand the esoteric spiritual facts they try to shed white light on, but plain ones like these always, always get to me. It’s incredible how a simple one liner can so effortlessly give the mind something to ponder over.
I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, “Mother, what was war?”
~ Eve Merriam
This reminded me of another quote-
I kept asking who did it?
Then my mom answered.
Humans killing humans.
And another one by Niccolò Machiavelli-
Wars begin when you will, but they do not end when you please.
There’s great wisdom in these words, yet wars are ubiquitous. We wage wars to kill, to satisfy avarice. For grabbing land and oilfields. Wars for power and status (that often manifest themselves as wars of religion)… and wars in the name of nationalism. And then, we talk of a mega war to end all wars. But does such an end really exist?
What’s your take on this? Do you think the wisdom offered here is impossible to put into effect? How much more bloodshed before we finally perceive the uselessness and sheer stupidity of war? Will the realisation ever dawn on humans? Or will we keep warring till the end of days? Can a mega war really end all wars and bring peace?
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