Good for nothing

Try as I might, I can’t think of a reason to kill you. That is to say, I can’t think of circumstances that would justify taking the life of another human being.

I suppose if you were to attack me with deadly force … but even then I’d like to think I’d try to defend myself with something less than lethal.

War is just about the most foolish institution humans have ever concocted. As the song says, “What is it good for? Absolutely nothing!”

War doesn’t convince your enemies to see it your way. If anything it creates more enemies in the people who had no quarrel with you who have lost friends and family at your hands.

War’s only purpose seems to be to reduce the surplus population. One should be wary when people who believe the planet can’t support this many humans start talking about the need to wage war against this country or that country. One might suspect it’s not about ideology or freedom or democracy as much as it’s about indiscriminate killing.

You can raise money for fighting and killing and to make sure the other damn fool dies for his country, as General Patton once said, if that’s what you like. Me, I’m going to lay down my sword and shield down by the riverside and study war no more.

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