War Torn

On this Memorial Day, here in the US, I am always torn between honoring our veterans and detesting war and all it does to our soldiers. I have this thing of seeing situations from at least two angles at the same time.

At my heart, I define war as what happens when people give up on peaceful communication. It’s what we do when we’ve tried to resolve things using diplomacy and economic sanctions, and nothing is working. The larger part of my heart defines war as a failure in some way. It needlessly kills people; both civilian and military. People die.

The cynical part of me sees war as a big machine that keeps rolling along because people get rich off of it. If there were no profit in war, it wouldn’t happen. We go to war in the Middle East because there is oil there. Despite atrocious human rights violations and genocide in other areas of the planet, because there is no economic profit, we leave those areas alone.

When I think back to our more recent World Wars, I realize that we had to go to war to prevent a massive imbalance of power on the planet. An entire planet ruled by one giant dictatorship wouldn’t work. Past experience has shown that as much as the idea of a benevolent leader who takes care of their followers sounds nice on paper, the reality hasn’t matched up. And even though our political system of Democracy in action is far from perfect, the principles upon which it was founded are good ones.

I also like the principles of Communism, although the reality of it is a bit too far from its principles.

As a mother, I see the huge power all mothers have in shaping the future of our country. Raising the consciousness of our children has always been parent’s job first because children’s world views are shaped by what happens at home. The more we raise our children to understand people’s feelings and emotions, teach them how to work with people, how to communicate, and how to negotiate, the less our children will need to resort to using war to solve world problems.

And when we learn as a community, as a country, as a planet, that war begins in our hearts far before it rolls out on any battlefield, we will become more mindful of how we raise our children and how to heal broken hearts and minds.

On today, this Memorial Day, I honor those warriors whose death was purposeful, and my prayers are that we learn to heal our hearts so war won’t need to happen in the first place.

 

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About mariner2mother

I'm a mother of a very spirited 14 year old son, and a former merchant ship's deck officer. To feed my creative side I take photos and make a very occasional batch of soap. I am also Reiki attuned and am a student of Energy Healing, having used several healing modalities to work on myself and my family.
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10 Responses to War Torn

  1. omniparticle says:

    WAR means We Are Right and it often get manipulated as money machine. It takes people’s focus away from disagreement but untie together to fight a common threat, true, or false, good, bad, or ugly depend on the case… if it is only a show case to cease further disaster, then it shall be a painful decision for the people to face– people need to take responsibility, not just to blame the leaders. We are in WWIII right now that is invisible info war, psychological war… agenda war to fight what earth shall be depend on which section’s visions. The winner then write down the history as always.

    • I definitely agree. But what most people don’t understand is, war begins in our individual hearts. When we feel completely safe and secure in the world, we don’t fight, we share willingly. When we trust others and trust ourselves, there is more than enough of everything to go around. The core issue of war is how we feel inside ourselves; each and every one of us.

      • omniparticle says:

        So true. Earth is like an experiment of putting tons of diversity into one planet… people have tendency of absorbing others into one’s own kind… that is one of the roots for not feeling safe or feeling secure. We are here to help bridge the difference and to make home for the ones who do not feel at home… we know that one deeply too. ^_^

  2. Jami Carder says:

    It’s bigger than us. I think the only way to even remotely make an impact is for us to keep on doing what we’re doing, and share it. It does rub off on others. Maybe some day, it will rub off on enough people to cause a shift?

  3. janonlife says:

    I love this post, and utterly agree with all you’ve said here. I often come across students – adolescent boys – who have a deep desire to join the military and I always feel conflicted about what I should say to them. Usually it’s something like, ‘Read all you can, get all the information you can and put aside any thoughts of power or glory. A weapon doesn’t give you strength; it merely shields your fear and weakness.’

    • Thank you Jan. Yes, I would also feel deeply conflicted. I suppose what brings me peace ultimately is my belief that we all have our individual path in life, and we will each walk it to the best of our abilities. If someone’s journey requires a military experience, no matter how we might try to enlighten them about the pitfalls and perils of going that route, the words will fall upon deaf ears.

  4. We are on the exact same page. Well said!

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