War: as the twig is bent, the tree is inclined.

31 Mar

Venezuela takes wargaming a step further, war will be taught at school from first grade until completion of their university education. It’s called “comprehensive defense education” taught by members of the Bolivarian Militia, a paramilitary corps invented by the government. It’s a compulsory training for children and adolescents during their school education. Besides sports students will have paramilitary training, do they now need to bring their own gun to school for practise? Earlier Chávez had banned war toys, due to the harm such toys could have on children. Of course now it’s okay to have the real training instead of virtually games or plastic guns, it must be every child’s dream.

Unfortunately war is always been a part of society, the more we strife for peace the more our dualistic world answers with war. War is in all of us, it starts early of when we fight our siblings or peers over toys and friendships. Since parents do not correct this behaviour, but instead consider it as part of life and upbringing, it’s not hard to imagine what kind of adults that will bring into society. Also war games are from all times, way back it started with the tin miniatures and later the painted plastic ones. The miniatures were grouped in units and war was played on tabletops, floors or in sandboxes. Then the board wargames became popular, later on board wargames were replaced by card wargames like “Up Front”. When the computer was introduced also the card wargames shifted to computer wargaming. Today there are endless games to choose from, the most popular though are “Call of Duty 4” and “Endless War 3”. Also the discussions about the harmfulness of these games are endless. The question is not so much if this one game or plastic gun is harmfull, the question is more if we need war at all.

War is in all of us, the battle between good and bad. One of the pillars of the Hollywood movie industry is build on this principle of the good guys and the bad guys. In the years of the cold war between Russia and the USA it was also about the good and the bad guys. Just like war and peace are one and the same thing,  good and bad do not exist without each other. In the seventies there were parents who brought their children up with upbringing in the principles of peace. Did they deliver adults that were free inside themselves of war/violence? No, by taking this element out of a child’s world, ignore it, it doesn’t go away. The only consequence is separating the child from violence, the child will then not be able to deal with it or understand it. Not telling stories about ghosts or monsters doesn’t make the monster under the bed of the child go away. We are dealing with children’s fear for monsters and fear of ourselves as adults.

This fear within people we can see in an enlarged form when nations act aggressive or go to war. We fear and do not trust others from outside the borders of our nations due to the fact that we do not trust ourselves. To reward this feeling of lack of trust we form armies and buy weapons, the whole weapon  industry is build upon fulfilling this rewarding system to ease the fear. Armies are formed on a voluntary or compulsory base within nations, the participation of children within this war system isn’t new either. Hitler had it’s own “Hitlerjugend” , Obama has it’s own youth groups like scouting groups, to prepare the youth to become brave soldiers when they are old enough. Some countries take it even further and have guerilla groups with child soldiers and even abduct these kids from their families. And for what, what are they fighting for? They are fighting for the collective lack of trust, plain fear. Fear makes us do unpredictable things and this way we get possessed, whole nations get possessed by the fear of the treat of the enemy who in fact is themselves. The world up side down and all buttons are pushed, fear, greed, power and self-intererst.

Chavez fears the West and the West sees Chavez as a threat. This fear  does show itself in various ways, it approves of going to war and steel all commodities of nations out of fear that you do not have enough. Or better they do not trust themselves to have enough they’ve become greedy and are unstoppable within for instance the consumption of oil. At a certain point this threat feels quite real to the people and the nation, so it can be justified with taking care of your own people, but what about all the others? Starting and fighting a war is as stupid as sitting behind your computer playing wargames and waste your precious time and instead stand up and no longer allow and accept war and its weapon industry. Millions and millions of money are wasted on war while half of the world perish away and another third perish away of these war crimes. Sick, utterly sick we are, sick in our heads. The ones that play out their desires and fantasies for war are merely the one’s that also play out the war inside all of us, we’re all to blame and we all need to stop war and war related issues.

Considering “comprehensive defense education” for children is not new and is not only of today, it shows us the amount of possessiveness we exist of. We are not even adequate enough to provide our children with normal education. To learn them that war isn’t necessary and a world with so much suffering isn’t necessary. Our children deserve a world where struggle does not exist and is of no value, where everybody has enough, where commodities are equally divided and where borders of nations do not necessarily make outsiders into enemies. Wouldn’t it be valuable if children already were able to understand and distinguish the fears inside themselves and were given tools to deal with their fears. We would create a world with stable effective people, who know how to be equal to another and how to act in the best interest of all. This is not just hypothetically fantasizing, within an Equal Money System this is not only possible, it will be the most natural thing in the world. Then war is just war and peace is peace, not necessary and therefore not existing. Just 2 definitions without having to generate energies like feelings and emotions around it. After all kids need to be kids and not miniature soldiers.

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