What is the point of war? To win? To show that “our” side is right? To show that the other side is wrong or evil? To defend our way of life?
To make peace? How does that even work? How does killing and causing destruction – things that are in complete opposition to peace – bring about peace? Is peace just the absence of war? Or is it a different way of living?
What is the point of war? To make a profit? To reduce a population? To conquer? To destroy? To show how masculine a country can be? To show how much a leader is in charge?
What’s the point of war? To eradicate an enemy? But why? What will have been accomplished? Do we really think that nothing will take its place? Do we really think that life will be better when the other side is eradicated?
What’s the point of war? To rally around the flag? To rally around the leader? To defend a set of values?
When is war necessary? When attacked? Prevention?
When do we know that it is time to end the war? And what happens to our relationship with those who were our enemies while we were at war?
What about nations that have gone out of existence? What was the point of them going to war? To preserve their nation? But they are gone. Was it worth it? What did it accomplish?
Rome, and many other empires built their very existance on war and crushing their enemies. It is how they brought peace to their rhelm. Yet, they are all gone to the ashes of history. What was the point of it all?
Maybe, just maybe, there’s another way. With a different set of answers and questions. One that doesn’t rely on power struggles for things that will eventually fade away.