This Tree Hugging Hippie Pacifist Needs To Go Heart To Heart With Those Who Glorify War
I found myself jumping into a conversation when I overheard an older man (likely in his 70’s) say to a younger man that he should “be a man and not a wimp,” because he had mentioned that it had been chilly when he had left for work early that morning and needed to put on a light jacket.
Although I am by no means a military strategist, it makes no sense to me that any of the wars that have been waged in my lifetime have been about ‘fighting for me’ and protecting American soil. I have heard the rhetoric about supporting the military. My take is that the best way to do that is to bring them home safely.
He made another comment that “peace is bad.” and earlier on had remarked that what was happening in the Middle East was to be expected since it was predicted in the Bible. I told him that I didn’t want to get into a pissing contest with him, but then afterward, I realized that I already had, by taking the bait, when I had invited myself into their conversation. Wars are not always fought with weaponry, but with thoughts and words. I had held disdain in my mind and heart for this man, then muzzled myself and sent him thoughts of good will, peace and compassion. When I was busy judging him (as he likely was doing with me), I was contributing to the energy that creates violence. Each of us would have reason to justify our position, but would we truly hear one another if we could have a calm conversation? Would I want to understand his views? If two people who were in a safe, suburban environment, with no armaments at our disposal were lofting words at each other and were in disharmony, how much more challenging is it for literal warring factions with weapons of mass destruction at their fingertips and hair trigger tempers ready to rage?