Why do we have wars?
Question from the Internet:
“Why is war even a thing? What if there were other ways to solve those problems? Can we stop wars? If not, why? Why do people justify it?”
War is the consequence of our inherent nature.
By default, we are all 100% self-serving, self-justifying, and individualistic. We define ourselves by comparisons to others. We, knowingly or unknowingly, survive and succeed at each other’s expense since we constantly try to prove and establish ourselves above and against others.
As a result, human life is constant, ruthless, and exclusive competition. Human history is an endless, recurring chain of conflicts and wars, rearranging maps and redistributing resources according to the actual “power-play”.
Look at how, only 80 years after the last World War, the “major powers” of the world are itching to start the next one. The masses idolize weapons, war movies, and violent heroes who take revenge and kill their enemies. From board games to sports, from business to schools, everything is about destroying, humiliating, and overcoming others.
We are full of conflict from kindergarten till the grave, we literally destroy and kill each other even in our families.
We are like addicts that cannot stop, even if we destroy ourselves in the process.
Unless we recognize our inherent nature and the destruction we all cause to others and ourselves day-by-day, and build an irreplaceable and intolerable need to change ourselves — instead of blaming, changing, censoring, or destroying others — nothing will change. And then we will enter the next World War and future ones until only a handful of people remain, who will have to do the necessary self-changes and self-development for peace in order to facilitate humanity’s crucially important survival.