I am embarrassed by my recent posts about joining/inciting the civil revolution that I feel is coming to America. While I still believe such an event seems inevitable at this point, I think my position was wrong. I am a pacifist at heart. Have been for a long time. Why I would choose the side of violence is surprising to me.
I’ve been watching videos of the Dalai Lama, and am really aware of the stupidity and futility of war. No one ever wins except for the heads of state that started. And who pays for this stupidity? Those individuals who think they are “protecting your rights” by fighting in foreign lands. Our youth. The future of our country.
It is not up to the US to police the world. It is not up to us to say how the US other countries should be run. It is time we started taking care of our own problems instead of highjacking other governments to bend them to our will. The US has paid millions, perhaps billions of dollars to the President of Afghanistan, and yet he wants our troops out. The majority of America wants to bring our troops home, and yet the government persists in its current (mis)direction. Our government is misusing taxpayers’ money on perpetuating war, externally and internally. The citizens of the US need to stop that from happening.
The only way we can prevent the next war, civil or otherwise, is to teach our children the virtues of peace, not the supposed virtues of war. The media glorifies it. People in power give us flowery speeches of heroism and patriotism. Which apparently is only demonstrated by dying in some stupid war or another.
How can we teach our children the virtues of peace against such speeches, and media attention? We must explain to them that you have no enemies except those that are manufactured by the war mongers. We must listen to people like the Dalai Lama, teach them more about Gandhi and Martin Luther King. Show them that there can be peaceful resolutions to even the most serious issues. The Dalai Lama left his country rather than try to fight the Chinese. He knew there was no way the people of Tibet, despite their most noble intentions, could fight off the Chinese. They had superior numbers as well as weapons. He also knew what it would mean for his followers to be under Chinese rule. And his people followed him. Because they are Buddhists and they are taught from the start the virtues of peace.
Humanists, too, are huge believers in peace. If you don’t know, this was a movement that had its beginnings in ancient history, and brought forth and engaged by many philosophers and free-thinkers, from authors to atomic scientists and physicists. According to Wikipedia:
In 1941, the American Humanist Association was organized. Noted members of The AHA included Isaac Asimov, who was the president from 1985 until his death in 1992, and writer Kurt Vonnegut, who followed as honorary president until his death in 2007. Gore Vidal became honorary president in 2009. Robert Buckman was the head of the association in Canada, and is now an honorary president.
After World War II, three prominent Humanists became the first directors of major divisions of the United Nations: Julian Huxley of UNESCO, Brock Chisholm of the World Health Organization, and John Boyd-Orr of the Food and Agricultural Organization.
Philip Warren Anderson: American physicist and Nobel laureate in Physics. Was one of 21 Nobel Laureates who signed the Humanist Manifesto.
Margaret Atwood, author, was named Humanist of the Year in 1987 by the American Humanist Association, and is a Humanist Laureate in the International Academy of Humanism.
Noam Chomsky, American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, and activist.
Arthur C. Clarke was a Humanist Laureate in the International Academy of Humanism
Umberto Eco is a Humanist Laureate in the International Academy of Humanism.
Albert Einstein served on the advisory board of the First Humanist Society of New York
You get the idea. These free-thinkers don’t follow the standard rhetoric. They are physicists, scientists, philosophers, authors and artists. They protest the use of nuclear weapons and nuclear power, and support the rights of all people to be free of pain and suffering. I would hope that those original Humanists raised children of similar thoughts, but I don’t know for sure. I can’t imagine they did not. Just as a child learns bigotry, racism and hate from their families, I should think Humanists raised children who believe in the rights of all people to be free of pain and suffering. Along with the Buddhist ideal that all people want, and deserve, a life free of pain and fear.
I regret my words of my previous posts about revolution. I can’t explain my reasons for feeling like I did those couple of days. But today I strive to stick to my ideals of peace, and endeavor to act in peaceful ways in all situations. I will try not to let anger control me; thereby setting an example for others.