This Is Our Gift to Our Children
By Thomas Emmon Pisano
We have actually become very proficient at the art of killing our fellow human beings, and we do it with very little provocation. Someone said once that we have been fighting wars now for over five thousand years, what a sad commentary, and legacy we have to leave to our children. War is almost everywhere; we are to the point now that we take war for granted and we use the word war in almost ever way that we possibly can. We have become a nation of warriors, we have football teams who are warriors, and we even sometimes refer to business as war. When was the last time you saw a 'Price War?'We should fight a war against war, devastate it so our children will play at peace, are toy guns necessary? That was just a thought. We all have our own ideas as to what is good for our children, war is not, think about it; war equals death! We don't want our children to die, we want them to live to be ancient scholars giving fourth wisdom and helping the next generation of thinkers make a world of wonder and beauty. Did you know that there are "War Colleges," places were the Art of War is taught and studied? It is a sin to murder a fellow human being, but it is not a sin to go to war, disturbing. What would we have now after five thousands years, if during that time we had nothing but natural peace and we allowed nature to do what it wanted with us and we had never raised our hands against our fellows in armed resistance? What would we have to show for our trouble if we had always pursued peace when we had a problem with our neighbors, where would civilization be today? War has always been the great inventor. Many great innovations have come from our wars; swords, guns, engines, bombs and the subtler things like the atomic bomb and chemical / biological weapons. I'm sure there are other things, which are good, but still…Do we need war? Do we need strife? Are these some of the ingredients, which help us, grow to the next level on the social evolutionary scale? Impossible questions, surely, but wonder for a moment; add together all the lives, which have been cut short to date by all the wars in history. Countless, in the billions no doubt, and how many of these men, women and children were truly great people, destined for something great and beneficial to the betterment of their races? We will never know. What if…what a game we play, we cannot change the past nor can we speculate on the outcome of history. We were all once children, not a one of us has escaped being a child, and I think that there has not been a child who has not asked its parent what war was, not a one, not once any where on the planet in any period in history has a child not known war. Do we not think that this is sad and deplorable that little children should know of war? We should be ashamed of our selves for bringing children to the knowledge of such a horror. Children once during the Crusades marched off to the Holy Land to fight, children did this, how insane were we to drive children to a frenzy, which would make them band together and march off to fight in the Crusades. We glorify the act of war, the killing and the battles with medals and honors, our children see this and play in the streets and parks with toy guns and bombs, preparing for the future. We are still a world, which is at Hate! When will we become a world, which is in Love!?What is the disease, which is destroying the world? That would be hate, war, and indifference to the bloodshed, violence, and destruction of our civilization. What is the cure for Hate, War, and all hate's allies? That is the toughest question to be put before the human race since the beginning of all this madness; that is the question now isn't it?
|A-bomb victim —
A child victim of Nagasaki atomic bomb explosion. Over 73, 000 Japanese people were immediately killed by the US atomic bomb in Nagasaki, Japan on August 8, 1945. Two days earlier the first US atomic bomb killed 70,000 Japanese out of 350,000 Hiroshima population. Many more died later from the effects of the A-bombs.
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Mr. Thomas Emmon Pisano, an electronics-engineer-turned professional writer, serves as US correspondent for The Seoul Times. A New Jersey native he has lived in California. He has started his writing career in 2003 and has authored four books including “No Murder Too Small” and Big Crimes Small Miracles.”