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By Robert C. Koehler
Robert C. Koehler
The match might be practically over.
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies put it this way:
“The irresolvable problem dealing with Western leaders is that this is a no-get situation. How can they militarily defeat Russia, when it possesses 6,000 nuclear warheads and its navy doctrine explicitly states that it will use them just before it will acknowledge an existential navy defeat?”
Neither aspect is inclined to let go of its determination: to secure, to extend, a piece of the entire earth, no issue what the price. The video game of conquest — the recreation of war, and all that arrives with it, e.g., the dehumanization of most of humanity, and the indifference to its toll on the world alone — has been heading on for hundreds of several years. It’s our “history.” Certainly, record is taught from war to war to war.
Wars — who wins, who loses — are the building blocks of who we are, and they have managed to take in the many counter-philosophies that crop up, this kind of as religious perception in appreciate and interconnectedness, and change them into allies. Enjoy thy enemy? Nah, which is silly. Appreciate isn’t probable until you defeat the satan. And, oh yeah, violence is morally neutral, as per St. Augustine and the “just war theory” he came up with sixteen hundred a long time back (as I wrote about very last week). This created things so convenient for would-be conquerors.
And that philosophy has hardened into fact: We’re variety a person! Our empire is better than yours! And humanity’s weaponry — its capacity to fight and destroy — has state-of-the-art, from clubs to spears to guns to . . . uh, nukes.
Slight difficulty! Nuclear weapons make clear a reality we have beforehand been able to dismiss: The repercussions of war and dehumanization often, always, often occur house. There are no “nations,” apart from in our imagi-nations.
So are we trapped with all this electricity we have aligned in opposition to ourselves in defense of a falsehood? That appears to be to be the circumstance, as the war in Ukraine carries on and escalates, pushing by itself (and all of us) nearer to Armageddon. Much of the earth is knowledgeable of the hazard of this falsehood we even have a world corporation, the United Nations, that retains making an attempt to unite the earth, but it has no energy to power unity (or sanity) on the world. The fate of all of us appears to be to be in the fingers of a handful of leaders who essentially have nuclear weapons, and will use them if “necessary.”
And at times I fear the worst: that the only way these leaders will drop their energy — to acquire and probably use their nukes — is for a single or numerous of them much too, oh my God, launch a nuclear war. Females and gentlemen, we’re a split-next final decision away from these an event. Seemingly, in the wake of such a war — if human daily life has survived and is capable to commence rebuilding civilization — sanity and a perception of world wholeness may well obtain their way to the core of the human social composition and our collective thinking, obtaining no other selection, will last but not least see beyond war and war preparing.
Allow me fall the narrative at this level. I have no plan what is heading to take place, enable by yourself what’s likely to materialize “next.” I can only access into the depths of my soul and get started praying, you could possibly say, to each and every God on this earth. Oh Lords, enable humanity grow up right before it kills itself.
And as I pray, who displays up but the French thinker and political activist Simone Weil, who died in 1943, two years ahead of the nuclear age birthed alone, but who realized one thing was deeply improper? And of training course, substantially was now completely wrong. The Nazis managed her nation. She was ready to flee France with her mom and dad, but she died at age 34, evidently of a combination of tuberculosis and self-hunger.
But what she left at the rear of in her producing is a important pearl of awareness. Is it way too late? Here’s where I fall to my knees.
“Weil,” wrote Christy Wampole in a New York Situations op-ed a few years back, “saw in her historic second a loss of a feeling of scale, a creeping ineptitude in judgment and conversation and, ultimately, a forfeiture of rational considered. She noticed how political platforms staying created on words like ‘roots’ or ‘homeland’ could use additional abstractions — like ‘the foreigner,’ ‘the immigrant,’ ‘the minority’ and ‘the refugee’ — to turn flesh-and-blood people into targets.”
No human becoming is an abstraction! Is this exactly where the rebuilding begins?
And then a song begun playing in my head, in my soul. The tune is “Deportee,” composed and sung by Woody Guthrie 75 years ago, soon after a airplane crashed over California’s Los Gatos Canyon, killing 32 persons — mostly Mexicans, becoming sent back again to Mexico due to the fact they were being possibly below “illegally” or their guest employee contracts experienced expired. Initially, the media identified by identify only the precise People in america who died (pilot, copilot, stewardess). The relaxation have been basically deportees.
Goodbye to my Juan, goodbye, Rosalita,
Adios mis amigos, Jesus y Maria
You will not have your names when you journey the big plane,
All they will call you will be “deportees.”
What does this have to do with a Doomsday Clock at 100 seconds to midnight, ongoing slaughter and nuclear powers at odds with just about every other in Ukraine, a globe in endless and bloody conflict just about everywhere you go? I have no plan.
Other than, maybe, this: If a nuclear war occurs, all people on the earth is no more than a deportee.
Robert Koehler, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is a Chicago award-profitable journalist and editor. His e-book, Bravery Grows Strong at the Wound is available. Speak to him at [email protected] or go to his site at commonwonders.com.
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