Tuesday, May 13, 2008
The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?' Pablo Casals
It might seem to those alive at this time that the world is consumed by warring countries. Perhaps it is higher than the average, but the shocking fact is that the humans of the earth have been at war for 97% of our stay here so far. I wonder why that is. I certainly have no answer. What I find strange is that there has been a tiny bit of time when the whole world is at peace. Well that is not particularly true. The 3% was not necessarily peaceful but more likely those times when the plague spread all over the planet or a natural disaster for man unfolded as the weather turned lethal.
Ironic that we only unite when we are threatened by the same cataclysmic scenario. So we are willing to forget that our neighbouring country calls there god this and us that, or that they have got some natural resource that we figure we could use, only when we are shown that in fact we are all in the same boat (you got to hope it is an ark when it's wet all around) and not as special or different from those we have decided to despise.