Since the dawn of human civilization, there have been conflicts, adversarial confrontations, fighting, wars, bloodshed, suffering, and loss of life. Several of these contemporary human confrontations and conflicts are spotlighted in the video slideshow below. Yet, civilized (and especially highly educated) humans are expected to be much, much better behaved. Civilized (and especially highly educated) humans are expected to be much, much more disciplined, introspective, and mature in their decision making.
What is the one common denominator in each of these conflicts? The common denominator is this: Each conflict or beef reduces to disputes over things such as access to sex, money, spheres of influence, stature, power, turf or territory, and resources with a seeming inability of the parties to the conflicts to find a common ground or to peacefully resolve their differences. Each conflict basically is about the same thing. The same thing is this: These varying confrontations and conflicts reduce to us-versus-them quests for supremacy. The same thing is this: All of these conflicts are deadly in that many humans perish in the process. The only real difference between each conflict is in scope, scale, and intensity. Some of these conflicts do not extend beyond a few city blocks while others extend across several countries. I can think of seven words to describe all of these varying human conflicts, and they are these: pure unadulterated shortsighted ridiculousness to the maximum.
Upon reflecting on the stakes, it is unfathomable to me how a few power-hungry despots and tyrants around the world, in their bids to cling to power, possibly could trigger the end of the world. The world's end could be triggered because these despots and tyrants, tactically speaking, could drag their opposing nuclear-power partners smack into the middle of the despots' domestic body politics. The question becomes this: Are the superpowers stupid enough to fall for the despots' bait, or will saner heads prevail instead? For the nuclear powers to allow a couple of murdering despots to lead the superpowers into a face-off, which quite possibly could trigger a world war, the outcome could lead to human extinction or could lead to the murder of all humans on Earth (that is, if the nuclear bombs should start falling). To me, such a scenario or development would go beyond being shortsighted and ridiculous and would move into the realm of being downright cuckoo.
The logical solution to these kinds of situations is for the parties involved to cease their swords, disarm to the maximum, and seek a diplomatic and peaceful resolution of their conflicts. Yet, in un-homo sapiens sapiens-like fashion, what do the conflicting parties do instead? They do this: They proceed to arm themselves to the maximum. The superpowers are not helping the situation either in that the superpowers are not leading by example. Instead of disarming to the maximum for future life on Earth to thrive, the superpowers, too, find themselves locked in a vicious and expensive ongoing armaments race. It is both hypocritical and disingenuous for the nuclear powers to lecture other nations about the evils of possessing nuclear weapons while they sit atop their own stockpiles of nuclear weapons. Humans have got to overcome their murder mentality. Killing one another is not the answer, and killing one another is not the way for humans to proceed into the future. Instead of succumbing to the drumbeats of war, the time has come for humans all over the world to get serious about peace.
Some might argue that there are, indeed, distinguishing factors between the opposing parties in these conflicts. They might cite distinguishing factors such as defensive versus offensive actions or proactive versus reactive actions. When probing the root causes of these kinds of conflicts, sometimes these kinds of arguments of justification become little more than distinctions without a difference. For, the bottom-line is this: Humans continue to suffer and die senselessly and to die unnecessarily as a result of these conflicts. The outcome of these kinds of conflicts is still a bunch of mess with humans behaving as blood-thirsty savages instead of them behaving as the wise creatures whom they purport to be. Among other human challenges, the ongoing human-on-human cycle of hatred, violence, and killing—that is, Hell on Earth—permanently must be broken.
A BETTER WAY AND A NEW AGE
In light of these ongoing violent and often deadly disputes with one group's quest for supremacy over another group, there has got to be a better way forward into the future. I hold the viewpoint that the better way forward into the future goes something like this:
Watch (Earth, Wind & Fire, I've Had Enough)
Watch (Mariah Carey, Make It Happen)
Watch (Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie, Rockabye)
Watch (Chubb Rock, Treat 'Em Right)
Watch (Lonnie Liston Smith, Expansions)
Watch (The Black Eyed Peas, Where Is The Love?)
Watch (SNAP!, Rhythm Is A Dancer)
Watch (Stevie Wonder, Contusion)
Watch (John Coltrane featuring Alice Coltrane, Peace On Earth)
Watch [Andreas Vollenweider, The Glass Hall (Choose the Crystall) (the play of the five balls, the five planets, canopy choir)]
Watch [Bruno Weil and the Tafelmusik Orchestra (Ludwig van Beethoven), Symphony No. 7 in A major Op. 92: 2nd Movement, Allegretto]
Surely, the time has come for humans permanently to cease their swords. Surely, the time has come for humans to embrace foresightedness by grasping the bigger picture. The time has come for humans to begin viewing the forest (or puzzle) instead of its individual trees (or its puzzle pieces), so to speak. The bigger picture is this: Humans are one species stuck together on planet Earth by the force of gravity. As a result, they may as well make the most of their brief lifespans on Earth, in part, by elevating their conduct to the highest ethical plane. Why should humans choose a reality of Hell on Earth when they just as easily could choose to have Heaven on Earth for the living to enjoy each day?
The human brain is supposed to be one distinguishing human trait that will propel the species to overcome challenges such as conflicts. The human brain is supposed to be the overarching factor to propel humans to permanently reach a higher ground of daily existence. The human brain is supposed to be their savior, but will it be their demise?
Watch (Planet Earth II: Official Extended Trailer - BBC Earth)
Watch (Epic Cities Hyperlapse ~ Planet Earth II)