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Fighting for Peace is like Screwing for Virginity

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Dallas Boyd
Dallas Boyd

I recently read that more Americans survived the sinking of the Titanic than English passengers, because they pushed their way onto the lifeboats while the English stood in lines, politely waiting for their turn to be saved.

Darwin’s Theory of Evolution claims that traits or behaviours conducive to survival will endure indefinitely through “natural selection.” If violence is continually rewarded with life, and passivism with death, what kind of world will be built by the survivors? You should know - you’re living in it.

A bumper sticker once read “Fighting for peace is like ******* for virginity.” Useless and totally counter-productive. So why do we do it? Simple - just like screwing for virginity, fighting for peace may not achieve much, but it sure does feels good! The Romance of Revolution - Che Guevara and Geronimo.  The Righteousness of Revenge - The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Sanctity of the Crusades - Mel Gibson and King Arthur. I’m sure that stuff gives some people the warm fuzzies or exciting goose pimples. We’ll get behind any cause as long as it has the right spin-doctor. And we’ll change sides just as easily.  

C’mon, you love violence and you love to hate it. We piously uphold values of peace until the safety of our families, communities, and country is at stake. Then we don’t mind a bit of firepower so much. How many of you have ever made racist remarks or jokes only to rejoice at Obamas election? How many of you have spurned George Bush’s war policies but done nothing to help alleviate suffering in war-torn countries or provide aid for refugees? How many of you have ever driven past a road accident and slowed down, craning your neck to try and catch a glimpse of the victims and wreck? I live in Costa Rica, where many newspapers print large colour photographs of gruesome deaths. They sell very well. 

Where does this bloodlust and need for violence come from - even despite our moral rejection of it? Fear and distrust. So what - the coward with the gun lives while the brave confront their enemy and die? Maybe, sometimes, yes. You can’t argue that a coward with a gun has never changed the world. But who is remembered? Mark David Chapman or John Lennon? Lee Harvey Oswald or John F. Kennedy? James Earl Ray or Martin Luther King? Nathuram Godse or Ghandi?

Decrease your fear. When people grow, learn, work, and play together, they are generally less likely to fear one another, even if they don’t necessarily like each other. So talk to people, communicate, and care for the survival of your neighbour. When Barack Obama delivered his Inaugural speech on the 20th of January he said “To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.” If fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity, could achieving peace be as simple as extending a hand? Would you try?

Money is short, the economy sucks, the environment is sick, and the future is uncertain. Play nice.

Read a great article about violence at: www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,838226-2,00.html.

To read the article I read about the Titanic go to: www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/queensland/polite-poms-had-no-chance-on-titanic/2009/01/14/1231608777963.html

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