Peace Instead

When I think of the Nova Scotian soldier who in 2017 killed his entire family, then himself, I’m reminded that if governments, religions, corporations and other similar, abstract, mythical entities are to create any kind of moral meaning for their members, they ought to look first to the consequences of their decision making, especially when they conscript people to kill on their behalf.

Right now I’d love for any of them to act on the conviction that they would never leave anyone worse off than they found them, or at least recognize that when they make war (physical or mental) on others, they make war on their own.

Otherwise, as is said in the song Peace Instead, “their war’s are empty industries of the bullet and the blade, with a fallen soldier at the front and the rest mislaid.”



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