Monday, May 16, 2011

Screwing for virginity

I'm sorry, but this is what we are doing, Mr. President, when we murder our adversary. The ultimate in oxymoronic, mutually exclusive, self-contradictory behavior is killing for peace. It is the endpoint of what we call negative peace, that is, peace due to domination, violence, and mortal threat. To the generals who say they work for peace, this is the peace of the grave. In the immortal words of the mortal Roman orator and historian, Publius Tacitus or Gaius Cornelius Tacitus (ca. 56–ca. 117):

Auferre, trucidare, rapere, falsis nominibus imperium; atque, ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant.
Translation: To ravage, to slaughter, to usurp under false titles, they call empire; and where they make a desert, they call it peace. Oxford Revised

We only teach peace by peaceable means. We only create positive peace by peaceable means. Justice cannot be achieved by violence without then creating the conditions that will produce the next act of 'justice' in reprisal. Already we see 80 dead from a bomber in Afghanistan, with the Taliban claiming it an act of revenge for killing Osama bin Laden.

Humankind can evolve past this, but only by connecting the heart to the cerebral cortex and disconnecting it from the limbic, the lizard revenge lower brainstem. This can only be done consciously. It is not intuitive nor instinctive for most of us and without reason we will continue our slide.

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