Ever since the concept of human society was established thousands of years ago, we have conquered, subdued and murdered each other to the point that we’ve lost count of how many conflicts have gone down and how many lives have been lost. One would think that, after all the millennia of strife and atrocities, we would have eventually reached a compromise with each other which suits everyone; after all, isn’t the settlement of the issue at hand the main justification for war?
However, one of humanity’s greatest downfalls is our insatiable craving for power, authority and validation. It is because of this hunger that the people in power want it to stay that way, and it is for the same reason that men lose their minds when they are left in a position of influence for too long. It is because of these men that wars will never really stop; wars are very profitable, and money is the sceptre that entrances the rest of society into blindly chasing after it until the last crumble.
For example, both the US and the UK currently have military presence in Syria and Iraq (warzones which have been destabilised mostly by the United States’ constant interference with the Middle East) in order to ‘attack’ the terrorist threat which is ISIS (which of course was originally funded by a coalition between wealthy investors with the goal of destabilising Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime). Yet, at the same time, both the US and the UK are very strong players in the gun business (references here and here) – so, really, how can we believe that politicians have our interests at heart when their campaigns and political parties are funded by the very same people who make billions in arms sales?
Slowly but surely, corrupt policymakers have shaped society into being a paranoid, frightened and disillusioned mass of people who call for war and retribution as soon as the media feed them enough disturbing images of home-grown terrorism. Every day the list of our rights grows shorter and shorter in the name of security, and we ignore secrecy and austerity because we are so convinced that our political leaders know best. John F. Kennedy, who was commonly referred to as ‘the last, true American President’, put it perfectly in a speech to the American Newspapers Publishers Association on the 27th of April, 1961:
“The very word secrecy is repugnant in a free and open society. And we are, as a people, inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it.
Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment.
That I do not intend to permit to the extent that is in my control. We are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding the sphere of influence – infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day.
It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly-knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumour is printed, no secret is revealed.”
Over half a century later, the world around us has morphed into a decadent paradise for the wealthy and the influential whilst the rest of us fight and murder each other over the scraps which are left. It is for this very reason that the biggest revolution in our history needs to happen now, and it needs to be a revolution of peace. If we all simply stopped for a few minutes and thought about it, we would realise that deep down we are all human – we all form part of different societal groups which we want to defend from everyone else, whether on an individual basis, as a faction fighting in a conflict, as a minority protesting for its rights and anything else in between.
Is it really worth it to fight each other over petty issues and insignificant differences between ourselves when something far more sinister is being planned for us all? Ask yourself this question and think about it thoroughly, and the next time you see someone attacking someone else, arm them with this knowledge so that they may point their anger at the ones making money off humanity’s greatest guilty pleasure; hatred. Humanity is all of us, not just a select few; we all deserve to be equal and free.