Tuesday, 8 March 2016


War and violence are shunned these days; opponents declare that it is immoral and inhumane. Get off your pretentiously powered, smug oozing high horse. War and violence are inherit traits of nature and Earth. Bear with me...

Eco-systems are a natural state of war. From reproducing to territory control, creatures across the globe partake in violent, sometimes life threatening bouts, to assert their dominance over others. Hence the strong survive and the weak perish. It sucks, but when faced with prolonging the survival of your species would you rather have Mike Tyson or Mother Teresa in your corner.

But it’s in this state of war that we, our species, excel. Neanderthals were bigger than us, stronger than us and almost as smart as us (yeah they also had tools, weapons and built boats). So why did they perish and we endure?

Because curiosity. Neanderthals were trapped, not geographically but intuitively. When they reached a body of water or mountains, they just stopped, probably thought it was too hard and went back home. But we didn’t stop. We went beyond the unknown. Ancient mariners left sea-ports not knowing whether they would find something or whether they’d come back. 

That is why we endure, because of our relentless thirst for knowledge in this chaotic, mystery filled planet. We need war, for peace. As we need volcanoes to erupt, for the lava to form new, fertile land. It’s nature.  

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