Metanoia:War

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what is it good for? ...Technology![edit]

Fuck that actually, I wanna change topics for a bit. Also I wanna talk about swearing for a bit, cos you cunts got it wrong. Swearing is perfectly natural. Only you upper class fuckwits don’t want it. Why? Because it’s come from the poorer Germanic people? Yup, that’s why the food beef isn’t called cow. Yet it is the same god damn thing. You’ve adopted that part of the Germanic language, just adopt a little more! You big headed fools. Fuck your perfect language, adapt and fucking change! It’s evolving just like everything, so why can’t you? It’s just letters to describe a sound. That’s all it is: a sound.

Geee wow, calm down KP. You’re going to start a war again. War? What is it good for? … absolutely nothing. It isn’t just the lyrics to some song I heard once with Jackie Chan singing it. That’s weird. But anyway, war. Why does it start? Well I think, we should look at apes first. Because they are 99% us, and they have the fundamental issue on show. Without firearms, cannons, religion, oil and whatever the reasons are for our wars. So let’s go back to the fundamentals to see what we’ve got there, because it will open up huge insight into it, and I think knowing the meaning of life will also provide insight. Well at least it will make it easier to decode why we do these things. We all want to live with peace. Yet, even that statement will lead thousands to their deaths. Let me explain.

Alright, hold up for a second. I forgot to mention where I was at the start of this part of this book. Silly me, got side-tracked by explaining the meaning of life and never came back down from that and continued my story. Even if it is a boring story: but that’s it. It’s my time. I tell it like it is, the way I see it. I don’t know if it’s the right way to see it but, meh. There are so many crazy books out there that I recon my views will fit in there perfectly with them. There are so many crazy believes that people follow to death, I don’t want anyone to die because of my views. Ever.

So after I figured out the meaning of life I really didn’t know what to do with myself. So while I was thinking about the next movements to make towards my final goal of world domination: I was naturally watching documentaries based on warfare. You know, to get the feel of war. What works, what doesn’t, and who’s side you’re on. So first of all I’ll start off with a quote from the movie ‘Platoon’, which ironically is where that movie ends. Which is fitting for the start of my section on war. So if you will Chris Taylor [the main character], take it away...

"I think now, looking back, we did not fight the enemy; we fought ourselves. And the enemy was in us. The war is over for me now, but it will always be there, the rest of my days as I'm sure Elias will be, fighting with Barnes for what Rhah called ‘possession of my soul’. There are times since, I've felt like the child born of those two fathers. But, be that as it may, those of us who did make it have an obligation to build again, to teach to others what we know, and to try with what's left of our lives to find a goodness and a meaning to this life."
-Chris Taylor
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Alright, I know that if you’ve never seen the movie, that won’t make a whole heap of sense to you. You should go see that movie, it’s good; really good. Fantastic actually. It follows the story of Chris Taylor, who goes to Vietnam to fight those evil north Vietnamese communists. Who I’m sure, are just fighting for what they think their peace and freedom will be. Not only that, but they won that war; it was not that America was just pulling out because the job was done. It had just reached boiling point in the civilian population back at home.

‘Quickly, get our men out of there or we’ll lose power!’ thought the American government. This is not some sort of secret. It is history, and not that secret type of history. You can easily find out about it by typing ‘Vietnam War’ into google.

"As for politics, I’m an anarchist. I hate governments and rules and fetters. Can’t stand caged animals. People must be free."
-Charlie Chaplin
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I don’t want to however get hooked on the idea of that story. Otherwise this is just a repeating story book, which I don’t want it to be. I want it to be original, we’ll as original as I can make it. So I’m going to cut to the chase. It’s all about focus. You see, America lost its focus in Vietnam. When they started, they thought they were doing something right, something nobel. It was at this stage, America (and their friends) could have won that war. They had focus on their target; communism.

Yet then that war turned into a body count war. I’ll explain what I mean by that. You see, in every war (that I know about) that’s ever been fought the aim of it, was territory and resources. You see in Vietnam they used gorilla tactics. What are gorilla tactics? Well basically in the ‘old’ traditional wars you had two armies fighting each other. Think back to that ‘civil war’ era, two armies lined up and fought. Very civilized, as far as war goes.

Then during World War 1 and 2, it was like “We’ll they’ll be coming down this road, so we’ll set up here and wait for them”, ‘tally-ho old chap’. Can you see where this is going? I ironically can now that I mention it. Ahh the evolution of warfare, pretty interesting stuff really isn’t it? So anyways, during this process they invented more powerful machines. Like automatic rifles, more powerful cannons and tanks. Then air power came into it’s own during world war 2. Basically, if you hold the air, you can bomb anyone you want.

You see that this changed how wars we’re fought. You no longer could keep an army in one place if you wanted to fight. You had no option to take cover when the Americans won the sky. They hid in holes, never moved lots of people together thru the jungle. They [the north Vietnamese] could not take ground, so instead: They worked with it, and in it. This caused much frustration in the USA camp, because how would they know if they were winning? This started what I call, a body count war.

You see without grounds to gain and to loose, the only way they saw it was you’d hit a mountain, then leave that mountain, to go to another mountain where they were hiding out now. Fight them there, and they would move back. The Americans would stick around for a couple of days, and then on to that original mountain that they had fought for and won just weeks ago. So bodies became the target of that war.

You see that war was fought over deaths, not for ideals. Not over land, for ideals. A lot like today’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It’s all about ideology, and death. Which is good in theory, it always means the winning sides are the theories you live on. Yet it means you’ll always have to fight with someone that doesn’t want to live by your ideals. Let me explain myself here, and we’re gonna take the Afghanistan war, the recent one, with the west (USA-ian, British, Australian, etc).

Two children we’re born say, 25 years before it happened. One of the children grew up in Afghanistan, and the other child grew up in the USA. The child born in the USA was born into a nice Christian family. He went to school all his life, exited a university with a degree in biology. Yet that’s not what he wanted to do with his life, matter of fact, not even he knew what he wanted to do. So he joined the military to search, because he wanted to do good for people; and wanted to feel like a ‘part’ of something.

Meanwhile the boy who grew up in Afghanistan lived a very different life. Because I know fuck all of what it would be like growing up in Afghanistan, I’ll just paint a picture. No schooling for a start. They have always lived with war. First it was the British, they came along and tore up that place. Then it was the Russians who came. Can’t you see now why they are really pissed about the US being there? They just want to live in peace, but it seems like peace will never come. They have to fight for their own land, they don’t really know why the Americans are in their country; they don’t have the media that we do.

Don’t you see now why these two children killed each other? They both believed in what they were doing. Believed it till death. In death we will all find peace. Kill them all Adolf, let’s start again. Peace is in no way linked to the destruction of a civilisation. You see that both of the children had their time, they did what they did because they believed in what they believed. They believed that their way was the only way. Now they are both dead, tragedy is felt on both sides. Yet, that tragedy puts the emotions of everyone on a little hotter. We all know that high emotions are where tragedies occur. A vicious cycle of hatred.

Fear and hatred. You fear these people that killed your son because you can’t see where they are coming from. Just like you feared the meth-making dude; until you found out he was a high-school teacher with cancer doing it for his kid. You fear that someone will break in to your house to use the toilet, so you buy bigger locks on your doors. I’ve been lining up a quote from the Jedi master Yoda. So here it is:

"Fear is the path of the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering."
-Yoda
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So what was I talking about when we started on war? Oh yeah! The monkeys! Alright so I watched a documentary (surprise surprise) about these two groups of little apes. I found this interesting because they seem to know what’s going on with war. Not sharing seems to be the issue for the apes as well. It’s all about sharing people, you see these two apes couldn’t live together for whatever reason; probably due to pride or some egotistical shit. Yet these two apes couldn’t live together.

Yet both these apes had heaps of followers, like women, children and their mates. Yet they couldn’t share a tree that they both wanted. For years this battle has raged on, one of the monkeys might win it this year, but the other monkey wins it the next year. This tree has fruit and shit on it, and for the other monkeys that doesn’t win the tree, have to look around for scraps.

You see, when one monkey has the tree; the other one wants it. The act of sharing would completely remove the need for war. Yet ego’s and greed don’t allow it to happen. This is all just time, once again. You see one monkey’s time is good, it’s not attacking anyone. Yet the other monkey just wants its time to be enjoying the same tree. Then with time, it changes. The one ape that was in the tree is now attacking the same tree, whilst the other ape defends his position. It is a war for ideals.

"Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. Patriotism is its cult. It should hardly be necessary to say, that by patriotism I mean that attitude which puts the own nation above humanity, above the principles of truth and justice; not the loving interest in one's own nation, which is the concern with the nation's spiritual as much as with its material welfare --never with its power over other nations. Just as love for one individual which excludes the love for others is not love, love for one's country which is not part of one's love for humanity is not love, but idolatrous worship."
-Erich Fromm
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Just like our wars today. They are always fighting for ideals. The idea of freedom. The idea of destruction of the USA. Whatever the idea, they think that will make time better for everyone. Yet I believe that if we want a truly peaceful society, it’s got to come from within.

I’ll bring back that quote from Chris Taylor (the dude from the movie platoon): “I think now, looking back, we did not fight the enemy; we fought ourselves. And the enemy was in us.” a very powerful line. Yet look at it for what it really is, what it really means. I don’t really think that lines got much to do with the movie. We’ll it does, but I choose not to believe that, and look deeper into it. Like an English teacher looking into Shakespeare, we’ll dissect it even if he was talking about something else. So what do you think it means? I think it’s applicable to any war; at any time; over anything.

Hold up, have I told you about my views on time, and Karma? Because, they are frikkin related. I also want to put it in here, but I don’t think I’ve explained it. So here goes, and the sooner we all learn this, the better. Even if it’s not true, it makes sense for a peaceful society. So time and it’s karma like properties. We’ll hopefully you see that it’s all just time now, at this stage of the book; or at least can see my point of view. Hopefully.

So karma? What goes around comes around. If you do bad, you will receive bad. If you do good, you will receive good. Karma didn’t really work for me before I figured out it’s all just time, but after it makes a huge amount of sense. It worked as far it was a good rule to live by, but I’m sorry to say some people have terrible lives. Some of us are arseholes, others are really nice to everyone. This is just the way it works out. Some people live good lives but are terrible to other people. So it doesn’t work; because I don’t believe if I do something good I’ll be rewarded for it.

Yet through the hour glass of time this all makes sense. If you believe my ramblings you would realise that we have the same ‘soul’. That soul is time. Pretty neat huh? Anyways, this also means everything you see, feel, taste and everything you love isn’t really there. That is all a dream, that we are dreaming together, and we are one. This means, that if you kill anything; you are technically killing yourself. Just like if you thieve anything, you technically stealing from yourself. This is how karma works. If you treat people good, you are treating yourself good. If you treat people badly, you are treating yourself badly.

So in summary for this war bit, just like what Chris Taylor said: The enemy, is ourselves. We might be fighting with someone, but really, we are fighting with ourselves. I feel like now is a good time to throw in a quote from Moff in the movie Human Traffic. He is talking about Star Wars:

"The Emperor wants to control outer space; Yoda wants to explore inner space. That is the fundamental difference between the good and the bad sides of the force."
-Moff
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So just put down your arms people! Because if we all want peace; it can be achieved. Yet as long as there is armies of people, fighting for whatever the reason. Peace will never happen. It’s gotta come from you. No one else. Just open up your third eye and see that we’re all connected. It truly is the most liberating thing: if you appreciate everything that you’ve ever done, no matter how bad or how good; because that makes you who you are. We can only learn and evolve. That’s what we are made to do.

"It is essential to the peaceful existence of humanity as a whole that one common conception should prevail."
-Nikola Tesla
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