Politicians and other people in power often view the use of strong words as a show of force, declaring war on something or someone all too readily. Take, for instance, the so-called war on drugs. A devastating report from 2012 concluded that this war has actually increased the problems related to substance abuse and drug trafficking greatly and globally. So why is declaring war on something so detrimental? Actual warfare is perhaps the clearest example to shed light on this.
The violence of war obscures every other solution, as everything you focus your attention upon grows larger. Violence assures that all attention is rapidly directed towards aggression, closing doors that might otherwise have opened up a solution. Of all options that may provide a solution to a problem, violence is but the one stick. Many other possibilities exist, and they all have their own consequences. Violence, however, is always the most intense.
War sucks up all attention and thereby obscures the actual problems. Robert McNamara, the American Secretary of Defence from 1961 until 1968, talks about his lessons from the Vietnam war in the documentary The Fog of War. He describes the mist that gathers as soon as the decision to go to war has been taken, obscuring the view. Once America had started the war, the country first had to plough through all the shit, to come out at the other end concluding that it had been a senseless mission to begin with. McNamara’s conclusion, years after the events, was that he should have seen the senselessness of this war before it had ever started.
According to HB (energetic) dark clouds are literally suspended between the person and the solution. Just think of the expression ‘blind rage’; when we lose sight of everything. Violence is an emotion that indeed blinds you, all attention and energy going into these clouds (of emotion). When actually you should have a clear view to get insight. Violence is emotion and comes forth from emotion. That is a painful conclusion, because an emotion – to put it bluntly – comes forth out of ignorance. As soon as you gain insight into the situation at hand, and then learn to control yourself, the emotion is more or less gone. From that moment on you can once more have a clear perspective. This process is one of the most important spiritual lessons that we have to learn as a human being: to conquer and rise above our emotions.
Although we are slowly getting the hang of that, until now we never managed to really stick to it. By often choosing for revenge and war, mankind fell into the trap of an age old reflex. ‘Stuck in an old record groove’, that has made us stumble through ‘The Fog of War’ for centuries: the enormous karma we create time and time again, which we then have to come to terms with. Because that’s the case, karma is at work, the law of Cause and Effect. You will harvest what you sow. Our lack of insight, and therefore our ignorance hereof is enormous, with dire consequences to boot. Not that it is a punishment, as people are at times prone to think. The law is neutral, as much as the laws of gravity are.
To summarize the law of Cause and Effect: any given action will set in motion a force that will create or give rise to a reaction. That reaction demands a further (re)action, etcetera, keeping the wheels in motion. Following this line, the terrorism targeting the western countries is an effect of the unjust distribution of wealth in the world, which these countries were responsible for to begin with. So the terrorism is an effect and not a cause, as the present and limited way of thinking would so much want us to believe.
Just think of all the damage such ignorance inflicts. Take, for instance, the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, as a reaction of the West on terrorism. At the time in 2012, this resulted in the death of ten thousands of civilians, 7.000 Western soldiers, 30.000 Iraqi en Afghan soldiers, as well as ten thousands of injured and a staggering 1.400 billion dollar pricetag! But it’s not just the dead, the injured, and the money, a whole lot of time has also been wasted. Time in which plenty of good could have been done if only we hadn’t gone to war.
The world is in a crisis of consciousness, because we are ignorant of our oneness of being. Is that soft? Or hazily spiritual? No, far from it. Our notorious down to earth fellow man is actually the one that is afloat, because he denies the largest (invisible) part of reality. By sticking to the physical and visible part of reality the causal world that hides beyond that escapes him, and through that the answer to what the connective and all explaining element of life is. The answer to the present economical, ecological and existential crisis can be found in just that part of reality. Only that insight will give us a clear view on a brand-new world!