Monday, August 06, 2007

Sixty-two years ago today, there was even more suffering in the world than usual. Some historians and pundits claim that the overall suffering would have been prolonged and ultimately worse if we hadn't used the Bomb(s), but no one really knows. It did wrap things up pretty quickly.

Still, wouldn't you think that after such an immeasurably destructive and horrific war, mankind would see the error of his collective ways and find more intellectual methods to settle disputes? But no, just five years later we were killing and being killed in Korea, soon to be followed by Vietnam.Why does there have to be war? Why can't we all just get along (thank you, Rodney King)? Until the late 20th century, I suppose the innate, primitive, testosterone-driven quest for territory explains much of the conflicts. But today, the predominate conflicts seem different from any previous ones. It can't be explained by the quest for territory, unless you count space in "heaven" as territory, and consider that space limited. Now, I am a 100% Atheist, so it's difficult for me to figure out how any religion can offer to reward its adherants for killing as many people as possible.

Well, this is depressing. I think I'll sign off and go read Josh's post again. Yummy!

5 comments:

Josh said...

Glad you thought that reading about my lovin was a good cure for depressing stuff like war.

Interestingly I have just finished a Ben Elton book called "The first casualty". Personally not into war stories as such but this was a compelling read and painted an amazing mental picture of WW1 in Europe.

Has a few good saucy moments to lighten it up too...

Madam Z said...

And I'm glad you read my post!

The only WWI novel I have read was "Johnny Got His Gun," back in the '70's. Talk about depressing! I could have used several "Josh posts" to cheer me up afterward.

Mathman6293 said...

All I can think of is: War. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing. But heartfelt post.

Captain Smack said...

I think countries should settle their disputes with female mud-wrestling. Sure, it exploits women and all, but it's much better than war.

Madam Z said...

Hmmmm...mud wrestling in a burqua...would that give the Muslim females an advantage or disadvantage? Either way, I'd sign up, for the greater good and all. But first, I'd require several wrestling lessons from Rob Van Dam.