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By Robert C. Koehler
Robert C. Koehler
The activity may perhaps be nearly around.
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies put it this way:
“The irresolvable problem experiencing Western leaders is that this is a no-get scenario. How can they militarily defeat Russia, when it possesses 6,000 nuclear warheads and its army doctrine explicitly states that it will use them ahead of it will accept an existential armed service defeat?”
Neither facet is keen to let go of its determination: to safeguard, to grow, a piece of the full earth, no subject what the value. The video game of conquest — the activity of war, and all that arrives with it, e.g., the dehumanization of most of humanity, and the indifference to its toll on the world alone — has been going on for thousands of a long time. It is our “history.” In fact, history is taught from war to war to war.
Wars — who wins, who loses — are the making blocks of who we are, and they have managed to eat the several counter-philosophies that crop up, this kind of as spiritual belief in appreciate and interconnectedness, and change them into allies. Appreciate thy enemy? Nah, that’s silly. Enjoy isn’t doable right until you defeat the satan. And, oh yeah, violence is morally neutral, as per St. Augustine and the “just war theory” he arrived up with sixteen hundred years ago (as I wrote about past 7 days). This manufactured issues so practical for would-be conquerors.
And that philosophy has hardened into reality: We’re quantity a single! Our empire is much better than yours! And humanity’s weaponry — its means to combat and get rid of — has state-of-the-art, from golf equipment to spears to guns to . . . uh, nukes.
Slight difficulty! Nuclear weapons clarify a fact we have beforehand been able to ignore: The consequences of war and dehumanization normally, usually, usually arrive residence. There are no “nations,” apart from in our imagi-nations.
So are we caught with all this power we’ve aligned versus ourselves in protection of a falsehood? That looks to be the case, as the war in Ukraine proceeds and escalates, pushing by itself (and all of us) closer to Armageddon. A great deal of the globe is mindful of the threat of this falsehood we even have a global corporation, the United Nations, that keeps seeking to unite the globe, but it has no electric power to force unity (or sanity) on the earth. The fate of all of us seems to be in the hands of a few leaders who basically have nuclear weapons, and will use them if “necessary.”
And at times I anxiety the worst: that the only way these leaders will drop their electricity — to produce and maybe use their nukes — is for 1 or various of them also, oh my God, start a nuclear war. Women and gentlemen, we’re a split-next decision absent from this sort of an occurrence. Seemingly, in the wake of such a war — if human everyday living has survived and is equipped to begin rebuilding civilization — sanity and a perception of global wholeness might find their way to the core of the human social framework and our collective pondering, getting no other selection, will last but not least see past war and war preparation.
Permit me drop the narrative at this position. I have no idea what is likely to transpire, let alone what is likely to occur “next.” I can only reach into the depths of my soul and get started praying, you may possibly say, to each and every God on this world. Oh Lords, let humanity develop up in advance of it kills alone.
And as I pray, who displays up but the French thinker and political activist Simone Weil, who died in 1943, two yrs prior to the nuclear age birthed alone, but who realized something was deeply wrong? And of training course, a lot was now improper. The Nazis managed her region. She was able to flee France with her mother and father, but she died at age 34, seemingly of a combination of tuberculosis and self-starvation.
But what she still left powering in her creating is a valuable pearl of consciousness. Is it far too late? Here’s in which I fall to my knees.
“Weil,” wrote Christy Wampole in a New York Times op-ed three a long time back, “saw in her historical second a reduction of a sense of scale, a creeping ineptitude in judgment and conversation and, ultimately, a forfeiture of rational considered. She observed how political platforms remaining developed on words and phrases like ‘roots’ or ‘homeland’ could use much more abstractions — like ‘the foreigner,’ ‘the immigrant,’ ‘the minority’ and ‘the refugee’ — to flip flesh-and-blood folks into targets.”
No human being is an abstraction! Is this the place the rebuilding starts?
And then a tune commenced taking part in in my head, in my soul. The music is “Deportee,” penned and sung by Woody Guthrie 75 years back, soon after a airplane crashed above California’s Los Gatos Canyon, killing 32 people — typically Mexicans, getting sent back to Mexico simply because they were being possibly here “illegally” or their visitor worker contracts experienced expired. Initially, the media identified by name only the genuine People who died (pilot, copilot, stewardess). The relaxation were being merely deportees.
Goodbye to my Juan, goodbye, Rosalita,
Adios mis amigos, Jesus y Maria
You won’t have your names when you ride the huge plane,
All they will phone you will be “deportees.”
What does this have to do with a Doomsday Clock at 100 seconds to midnight, ongoing slaughter and nuclear powers at odds with just about every other in Ukraine, a environment in unlimited and bloody conflict almost in all places? I have no strategy.
Apart from, it’s possible, this: If a nuclear war occurs, absolutely everyone on the planet is no far more than a deportee.
Robert Koehler, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is a Chicago award-profitable journalist and editor. His ebook, Braveness Grows Solid at the Wound is available. Contact him at [email protected] or visit his website at commonwonders.com.
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