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1984 and Iraq

Was sitting discussing 1984 with Rosie and a couple of her friends on Saturday when we got onto the topic of the ministry of Peace and the fact that every so often the state that they were at war with would change.

Somehow we managed to draw a comparison with the cold war and the war on terror.

This has got me wondering. Is there some sort of human need to have enemies? One war over we start another.

A horrible thought, but is war actually the natural state for human society? Natural competitive instincts drawing us into it?

eeek! I don't like that thought!

However, there must be some reason why we're obsessed with killing each other.

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the_gwenzilliad
28th Mar, 2006 11:00 (UTC)
A horrible thought, but is war actually the natural state for human society? Natural competitive instincts drawing us into it?

There are people who would have you believe such utter bull, yes. There have been series of books written about it, philosophies built around, it, and the fact is the US war machine builds its popular opinion base on the notion that war is good for the economy.

Personally, I don't believe human beings can evolve as a species until we have moved beyond war. Alas, evolution is a slow process, and we (the species, not the individual) may not live to see the end of it.
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