The Futility of Waging War
Updated: Jul 24
I love this quote by life-long pacifist Jeanette Rankin, the first woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress and the only woman from Montana to ever have been elected.
The idea of war has always puzzled me, even as a small child. I can remember hearing adults talking about WWII and I would wonder why men had to fight one another. Why couldn’t they just settle their differences by talking it out instead of fighting. But then, I was just a child, and of course, couldn’t possibly understand the adult concept of war.
The Vietnam war was heating up when I was in my early 20s. Again, I found myself wondering why so many young men, men my age, were being drafted and sent to fight a war that seemed to me to be insane. My husband’s draft number was going to be called, so he decided to enlist in the Air Force. I was relieved when he was stationed at a base in northern Maine for two years and then sent to Japan for two years before being honorably discharged.
I’m trying to remember a period in my lifetime that we weren’t engaged in some kind of war and for the life of me, I can’t think of any. Did we “win” any of those wars? Did ANYBODY win any of those wars? What would “winning” look like anyway, with dead and wounded on both sides. It’s just as Jeannette Rankin states: “You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.” What will it take for the human species to understand the futility of war and make a different choice? It will take a change of consciousness — a consciousness that “only love prevails.”
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