The Monstrous Reality Of War

“Of course, war and the large military establishments are the greatest sources of violence in the world. Whether their purpose is defensive or offensive, these vast powerful organizations exist solely to kill human beings. We should think carefully about the reality of war. Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous – an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that war is criminal or that accepting it is criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering.” – The Dalai Lama.

Please read the whole of what he has to say here:

http://www.dalailama.com/messages/world-peace/the-reality-of-war

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About Ben Naga

Pilgrim on the lam. Please feel free to explore the links to learn more. I trust you will find some things there will have been worth the effort. See you there.

Posted on August 26, 2016, in Not A Poem At All and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. “Pursuing peace through military strength places a tremendously wasteful burden on society.”

    With worthy social programs and infrastructure suffering, due to insufficient financing.

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  2. thefeatheredsleep

    very well said my friend – truth in all the words here. And it needs to be said as ‘war’ doesn’t seem to be such a dirty word anymore, those who do not know history being doomed to repeat it and those who do know history, being bound to deny it. Sigh.

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    • I recall my father’s reaction when I told him I would have been a conscientious objector. He was not well impressed. These days of course we aren’t needed to such an extent; they have replaced people with technology. Supermarkets, war zones: one and the same..

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  3. Oh, it’s monstrous, all right.

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