Reasons for War

In a discussion with my father yesterday he outlined the primary reason for war. He stated that warfare occurs when humans identify with a smaller group of humans and no longer see humanity as a whole. He also reported that there are three ways in which people identify with a smaller group; these are ethnicity, race, and religion. When we are unable to recognize that we are all made from the same flesh, blood and spirit and humanity is one we begin to kill each other.

3 Responses to “Reasons for War”

  1. David Samnga-Lastri Says:

    One little correction on my son’s summary of our conversation. The three subgroups with which people identify and which, in their minds, justify everything from murder to carnage to genocide, are religion, race or ethnicity, and nation. Nationality is the one he omitted. Heaven addresses the individual soul alone. Corporate identities are invisible to heaven, and therefore don’t exist; they are labels. There’s no such thing as the “Church of Rome” or “Italy” or the “white race.” Yet in their name the slaughters unfold and unfolded.

  2. shankarwolf Says:

    Oh yes, I thought there was one I was missing, Nationality is a big one. God Bless America!

  3. shankarwolf Says:

    I just came across a quote by John of Ruysboeck, a 13th C. Flemish Mystic, that puts this concept into beautiful language:

    “The image of God is found essentially and personally in all mankind. Each possesses it whole, entire and undivided, and all together not more then one alone. In this way we are all one, intamately united in our eternal image, which is the image of God and the source in us of all our life.”

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