The natural state of mankind is sheer, savage barbarism.
It always has been.
Violence is the natural order of mankind, not peace.
Civilized behavior and good will toward our fellow man is the peculiarity. It’s the oddity not the normal default program of mankind.
Civil behavior requires certain tenants to work. One of which is the certainty of punishment for transgressions. It requires the majority of mankind to abide by the agreed upon Rule of Law.
When you take that civilizing power out of the world, you allow the natural brutality of man to become unsuppressed.
The wholesale slaughter of men, women, and children is occurring right now in our “civilized” world. Most always, it’s over a difference of some version of a religious belief.
The quest for power is the primary driving force of history, always has been, always will be. Those who fail to recognize this principle are not spared in the grand chess game, but rather are moved and manipulated by forces that they do not understand.
Don’t be one of those who choose to remain ignorant.
George Orwell wrote in his “Notes on Nationalism” that, for the pacifist, the truth that, “Those who ‘abjure’ violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf,” is obvious but impossible to accept.
There is no evidence to support the idea that man is an inherently peaceful creature. There is substantial evidence to support the notion that violence has always been a part of human life. Every day, archeologists unearth another primitive skull with damage from weapons or blunt force trauma. The very first legal codes were shockingly grisly. If we feel less threatened today, if we feel as though we live in a non–violent society, it is only because we have ceded so much power over our daily lives to the state. Some call this reason, but we might just as well call it laziness. A dangerous laziness, it would seem, given how little most people say they trust politicians.
Violence doesn’t come from movies or video games or music. Violence comes from people. People are violent.
You can’t legislate it away or talk your way around it. Based on the available evidence, there’s no reason to believe that world peace will ever be achieved, or that violence can ever be “stopped.”
It’s time to quit worrying and learn to love the battle axe. History teaches us that if we don’t, someone else will.
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