Blowing stuff up, watching people suffer and die.
Does art imitate life, or does life imitate art?
Today, every person on Earth can trace his or her lineage back to a single common female ancestor who lived about 200,000 years ago.
...for division simply doesn't exist in the order of nature by which we're all invariably subject.
"Man is the only Patriot. He sets himself apart in his country, under his own flag, and sneers at the other nations, and keeps multitudinous uniformed assassins on hand at heavy expense to grab slices of other people's countries, and keep them from grabbing slices of his. And in the intervals between campaigns he washes the blood off his hands and works for 'the universal brotherhood of man '—with his mouth."
....something underneath the surface is clearly holding us back.
..if we took America's Pentagon or Britain's Northwood along with all the world's advanced military centers, kicked all the army freaks out... OK, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to be harsh. I guess we have to do something with them. Maybe we can just take them all and place them in the Grand Canyon and just let them beat the piss out of each other, and hopefully they'll get it out of their systems and move on....
'the war on drugs'
'the war on poverty'
'the war on crime'
'the war on terrorism'
'the war on cancer'
a foundation which has given rise to an ever-expanding destructive neurosis a neurosis clearly characteristic of a —culture in decline.
The President has finished an emergency session at the White House where he announced that the security focus of his administration will be moving away from the global war on terror, instead, focusing all available resources against something the administration has deemed a larger threat to US and international security than anything recognized before:
That's right, the newly declared war against Nature will be usurping funds from the Department of Homeland Security effectively replacing it with a new department, the Department of —Fuck The Earth And The Science It Rode In On.
That's correct, the administration has already appointed a head to this new department, the CEO of Monsanto Corporation, Satan himself.
"Monsanto's reputation of challenging the vast power of this intolerant, bullying force that goes by the terrorist name 'Natural Science' holds great potential for our victory. We feel if anyone can take down these insurgent laws which restrict our God-given freedom, it is the professional experience of our true lord and master" —the Prince of Darkness
...the greatest barrier to US interests has been a constant state of offensive interference by this rogue network. Nature has been forcing its will against our freedom for long enough. Our economy, our values, the American way of life, it's not negotiable.
Either Nature concedes to our interests and stops terrorizing us with its hatred of our liberty, or we will be forced to destroy it.
When was the last time the citizenry actually cried out for war?
We must not tolerate this regime using military force against its own people.
Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile activity poses a real threat, not just to the US, but to Iran's neighbors and our allies. —Barack Obama, President of the United States
"Any warlike enterprise that is hopeful to be entered on must have the moral sanction of the community. It consequently becomes the first concern of the warlike statesman to put this moral force in train for the adventure on which he is bent."
"For our nation, for us all."
"For our nation, screw the rest."
To prepare for war is a very delicate matter.
The first thing we need to do is create some spicy tension to put fire in your belly.
The first ingredient we need is a well-tempered provocation.
Provocations are, of course, seasonal and subject to personal taste. So may I suggest something along the lines [of] a marinated Gulf of Tonkin, a robust Pearl Harbor, and if you're feeling bored, a bustling 9/11.
Then, we let that cook for a bit and prepare our second ingredient, a special sauté to give life to our fiery dish:
The mainstream media.
Can you just smell the propaganda and delectable ignorance?
After we get a nice sizzle going, we now add our final, most important ingredient:the delicious soldiers.
The most ripe soldiers tend to grow in the more poor, rural areas of the world, often with limited literacy.
You want to pick them around 18, 19, because their brains are very immature and quite yummy, perfect for participation in our war meal.
We mix it all together.
Perhaps add a few, some preservatives like patriotism (not too much) jingoism, and, of course, our very special secret sauce.
The moment you have all been waiting for.
I present to you the greatest international delicacy of all time:
War. Bon appétit.
"I spent 33 years and 4 months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for big business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of a half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902 -1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927, I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents." —Major General Smedley D. Butler.
All right, so what's the skinny on war, man?
Are we just crazy animals that have to be in endless conflict with each other due to our biology or something?
If you work to ease stress and reward balance, you will generate a collaborative propensity.
How do we think about resolution of something as detrimental as national war, when, on the micro level, we in society actually praise, reward and reinforce the same basic underlying competitive drive?
"What is the true origin of the resulting death, and does that qualify as violent?"
"Poverty is the worst form of violence." —Mahatma Gandhi
"Neither the great political and financial power structures of the world, nor the specialization-blinded professionals nor the population in general realizes that... it is now highly feasible to take care of everyone on earth at a higher standard of living than they have ever known. It no longer has to be you or me. Selfishness is unnecessary and henceforth unrationalizable as mandated by survival. War is obsolete." —R. Buckminster Fuller