War is hell. You can’t photograph a flying bullet, but you can capture genuine fear.
When I read this, an image of a cat toying with a mouse comes to mind. Especially when there is a power imbalance, it is easy to instill genuine fear between the parties.
Who is it who said that it takes two to make war but only one to make peace? Does it take two to make war? What if you’re the cat and the mouse can’t escape? I’ve seen a video where a cat is stalking a mouse and the mouse turns and fights back. Is that a war?
War is hell, regardless of how many wage it. How many wage it will determine the scope of the hellishness.
Maybe one day we will be able to pinpoint the war gene in our double helices and declare war on war.
Today the real test of power is not capacity to make war but capacity to prevent it.
How can a trapped mouse prevent war with a cat? Run in circles and hope the cat gets tired?
Maybe it can send out a psychic plea to mice and other cat-fearers to come and help create an exit?
If we had a shred of common sense along with a fair measure of compassion, we might declare and enforce a mission statement of no more war for humans. Where other species act upon each other in roles of predation, humans have created subcategories of themselves to serve in those roles. When a slum landlord preys upon families who live from paycheck to paycheck because their rent is so high, but because the slum property is unsafe due to environmental details (e.g. faulty furnace, leaking pipes, lead paint, inadequate insulation, insect infestations), they risk some harm but have nowhere else to go, it’s a war.
Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy’s strategy.
Reading this one, I immediately thought of a Looney Toons cartoon where one pulls a gun, the other pulls a bigger gun, and it keeps going back and forth with the bigger and bigger weapons. I forgot how it ended. War is unacceptable, where generals use soldiers, civilians, and geography as a strategy game.
Reena Saxena is the host of Reena’s Exploration Challenge. Reena says:
So, here we are with three quotes to drive your thoughts.
-War is hell. You can’t photograph a flying bullet, but you can capture genuine fear.
-Today the real test of power is not capacity to make war but capacity to prevent it.
-Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy’s strategy.
Use any one, or use all, or write something related to the theme. Go wherever the words take you.