I remember, in my high school days, writing, for an English class exercise, an essay on War. I'm not sure what occasioned that subject for that exercise; it may have been - in the air - the Korean War, newly minted at the time. (Excuse me: 'Police Action', as the government called it, for some obscure, presumably international-relations-related, legalistic reason. But a rose by any other name...and its obverse.) I remember further how I opened it; with due regard for my vocabulary-building stage at the time, still experimenting with words: 'Down through the eternal ages, Man has been witness to one internecine carnage after another...", and how I sourly concluded it: " It [The impulse to war] has become a part of the nature of Man."
I wouldn't say 'it' quite that way, now, near the end of this life span. Yes, we have an animal part of our nature; and that part of us will, indeed, tend to cause us to fight for territory, or sustenance, or whatever rationale we put our minds to. But we also have another part; a part that connects us to 'the divine'. The realm beyond words, of description. The realm that just Is. And it is that realm, and that connection, that will save us from our present, major Crisis on planet Earth.
For it is a crisis of consciousness, in essence. To say, a lack of consciousness; of who we are, really. As sparks of 'the divine'; trying - in our multiple ways - to find our way home. To transcend the material realm, and reconnect with our inner Sun. Like the holotropic beings we are, in essence.
I remember, in university, in my Biology class (of my pre-medical studies), being very struck by the phenomenon, in the plant world, of what was/is called phototropism - the growth response of plants to the stimulus of light, producing a bending towards the light source. How it didn't matter in which direction the seed was planted in the soil; when it started its transformative process, it would unerringly head for the light. And we are holotropic beings, unerringly heading for our Source, in wholeness. Finding our way through the hologram which has been constructed to give us some resistance, to grow by. In a transformative process of our own.
But I get ahead of myself, a little.
I want to address the issue of war, and the causes of war. For beyond its origin in the animal part of our nature is the environmental element. To say: If the environment is sustainable, and nourishing, we will have no reason to war. The plant in us can just grow. Into its potential. So: how can we alter our environment, to further that outcome.
And now we come to the issue of what we call capitalism. Based on a concept called profit.
For that is all that it is: a concept. Not a law of nature, even of 'human nature'. Has it served humanity, to give us an incentive to produce things? Primarily out of self-interest? Indeed it has. Look at the thrust of western civilisation: basically built on harnessing the drive of self-interest. But I would submit that that is a rather primitive concept; one that can be outgrown as we increase our awareness, our consciousness, and start looking at life in a more holistic way. That is to say: considering the whole as well as the part; our personal part. And now that we are living in a day and age where the motivator of self-interest is throwing up its shadow - of the trashing of the environment, and such - it is, really, time to have a 'mid-course correction', in regards to the future of life on Earth. For the way we are going, we can blow it - the whole climb out of our primitive caves, into the light of a new day. A possible new day. If we release the training wheels that have gotten us here, to this Turning Point.
The training wheels of, one, profit, and two, money.
What may have been necessary to help us uncover our individual potential is now hindering us, and harming us. Example. Our over-reliance on fossil fuels as an energy source, and more. The capitalist system is largely built on oil. But it is proving to have a great detrimental side, in the polluting of the environment, and such. The latter including an incentive to war.
Gen. Smedley Butler wrote a book he entitled: 'War Is a Racket.' Man has gone to many wars over resources like oil. But oil can be superseded by 'higher' forms of energy. Like the radiant energy in the universe. But we can't get to that source, as long as we are locked in the old paradigm - the old mentality - of scarcity, and 'profit'. The elementary stage of our education and development as a species.
Consider a day when we travel around on magnetism, and what is called 'Zero Point Energy'. That day will come about when we grow up some more. Learn to live in greater harmony with each other, and our environment. And 'produce for use, not for profit', as the socialists call for. But without their reliance on a powerful state, to keep people in control; believing as they do only in a materialistic model of reality. That people need to be forced to do things, because of 'human nature'. That Man is but a short step from a Beast, and thus needs to be chained, and held in place by the power of the state.
I've got a better idea. I say that we trust that his better nature will come to the fore, if given the chance. His nature, of 'a spiritual being having a human experience'. Realising, that the universe has purpose, and that purpose is Good. And so Man will be motivated to give of his best, in loving gratitude to his loving Creator for life with meaning.
The proof is in the experiences of all the people who have had Near Death Experiences, and Out of Body Experiences, and Past Life experiences, and other experiences that have helped them understand that there is far more under heaven and earth than is dreamt of in the common philosophy. That our souls are exploring life, and growing from our experiences - gaining awareness. Raising consciousness; our own, and that of those around us, inspired by our examples. Heading back towards Oneness with the Divine. Leaving this realm behind - after giving it our best shot. And going Home, after the sojourn in the wilderness, that tests our mettle.
No more pharmaceutical companies creating drugs that have side effects that they then come up with other drugs to treat, because they're in business to make money. And gain power. And with their corporate allies, to try to take over the world, and make it safe for oligarchy. And so forth.
It is really time to put our childish things behind us, and grow up.
Join the club.