Why can’t Man live in Peace?

[Thoughts from the mind of  ~burning woman~ ]

          Certainly, a question that’s been asked millions of times throughout history, in every part of this world. This topic should be utterly exhausted by now; nothing new to be added.  All the answers should be there, for all to see, as plain as plain can be.  But each time someone proposes an answer to the question, the question turns into a riddle that no one can answer.

          Does “man” enjoy the violence of war?  Yes, of course, even when hating the pain it inflicts upon himself and loved ones: a conundrum. Does man enjoy inflicting pain on others, and does it give him a satisfaction that goes even deeper than his sexual experiences?  Yes he does and yes it does. 

          Some blame religion for this and in a shallow sort of way of looking at history that is not so farfetched, even if that does not constitute an answer.  Some, having “rejected” religion claim that these unsavory aspects of “man” are all part of natural evolution; that the same can be found in all of nature.  Again, in a shallow sort of way; in skewed conclusions from a cursory look at “nature” one could derive such a thought, even if that too fails utterly to constitute an answer.

          Sometimes, in the night, in the depths of my infinite mind, I imagine a world without conflict of any sort.  No saved or damned; no chosen or rejected; no surviving fittest at the expense of the less fit.  In other words, a normal world not driven by bad religion, bad science and bad history.  What’s “missing” in that world?  It appears to be fear.  A normal world would not know fear.  There would be no danger from anything or anyone.  Each interacts normally with the other without demands; without pressure; without expectations. 

          What is the love of violence but a knee-jerk reaction to ever-present fear?  If you live in fear of being attacked, raped, plundered and killed, what is more “natural” than to take the initiative and live in ways to prevent this violence from catching you unawares?  Our current condition demonstrates that victims are those who live innocently; who trust “the system” to protect them; who are too foolish to protect themselves or have been pushed into a hopeless “lose-lose” situation, socially and economically.  Society’s victims are its fringe dwellers; its weakest members. 

Therefore, in this scenario, society is the predator.

          Define society?  Collectives of those who hold sway with power, be this religious, political or financial.  Those who “employ, print the money and make the rules thus empowering themselves to impose their desires and whims upon the rest.  Those who have no intention to ever share that power with the rank and file members.  That is society; that is man’s number one predator.  Then of course there is also the bully, and the mob from whom come abuse, rape, lynching and genocide.

          Back to the “legalized aspect. Since the beginning of imposed laws, we have had a serious problem: laws are invented to create fear and confusion; to disempower; to create a growing number of fringe-dwelling victims of society while promoted as necessary to maintain societal order or peace.  Laws create both, expectations from the law-makers they have no intentions of meeting, and fear for those who do not understand the laws, or simply cannot meet the requirements of those laws – because, again, laws are made by the predators to be foisted upon the prey. Simply put, laws are enacted by the elites and the elites are man’s number one predator.

          Through a legalistic process, “man” is brainwashed into institutional violence; forced to take sides when there really are no sides, just illusions created by the power-holders.  Man is endlessly pitted against himself by his power Matrix; an invisible and denied force that creates the sociopathic gods of religion; the corruption of politics and the increasingly unbearable life-stealing choke-hold of the global banking cabal aided and abetted by the military-industrial monster. 

          To “escape” this pressure man readily plunges into wanton violence.  Tell him he’s being threatened by a terrorist group and he will immediately react to the “news” emotionally.  He will feel an instant need to defend and avenge himself.  He will seek an outlet for his fear and he will find one, or the Matrix will open one for him through some psy-op; it will offer him a scapegoat individual or group to demonize or it will give him a “new” war that will require no justification beyond the state and corporate propaganda. 

Nothing new so far.

          But the question will not be answered in more bloodshed; in more imposition of power by the haves over the have-nots or vice-versa in a violent revolution. That sort of thinking has brought us to a state of permanent war and permanent fear of a sudden, accidental or deliberate state of nuclear aggression. Most may believe that they are not affected by the depredations of the power-movers but how little they know of the subconscious and what it can do to the body and the mind. This is not something that “free” health care, vaccinations or over-the-counter pill hand out can cure.  Man’s condition which I refer to as “condition red” is either going to be addressed squarely by individual man or it is going to bring man to extinction and not in a gentle good night either. 

         I know that man can live in peace. For me, that is not the question. The question is, how can man ever come to realize how much of a slave he is to his manifold systems, collectives, groups, institutions and invented divinities? Obviously not with any method that replaces one such entity with another, even if thought to be new. Certainly we’ve been there, done that and can all agree it has backfired in the worst of ways. So what then?

          Imagine being struck violently across the face with the obvious! Imagine the reaction to such an event! Who can argue against the obvious? Who can fight the Matrix with its imposed puppet leaders and their ever-present endless barrage of lies? 

          What’s this “obvious” that has such power? Ah, well, obviously the obvious is obvious.  That’s the first clue to grasping some understanding of it. It isn’t based on questionable theories or on carefully crafted institutional lies. That’s obvious. 

          The obvious doesn’t exist institutionally. It doesn’t show up in groups and collectives. It doesn’t empower mobs, churches, political executives or boards of directors. No, not even in marriages or between lovers.  No obvious to be found in any of those.

          Which leaves but one place where the obvious can be found and can clarify everything: the individual mind.  Interestingly, however that’s been denied to man since “the beginning” (whatever that entails). Surprise, surprise: every person has a mind; a totally individual mind that needs no connection to any kind of institutional complex to function properly and to develop ad-infinitum.  What a surprise, to discover that “man” is after all nothing less than an individual with an individual mind.  That “man” is not a creature belonging to some god, or an adjunct of some institution, or mob.  That “man” can think for himself; can choose, can decide, can take full responsibility for his own passage through life and can evolve himself as much as he wants to and absolutely nothing can stand in his way – no promise of heaven, no threat of hell and no fear of anything or anyone. 

          And that’s the obvious. Catch that, O man, and discover that you can live in peace; that you need not be a predator; that you are not a meaningless mote in a hodge-podge of neo-Darwinist evolutionary theories or a helpless victim of some super-power invisible sky wizard. Just remember the obvious… before taking the next independent step towards becoming human, the maker of peace.

 

32 thoughts on “Why can’t Man live in Peace?

  1. rawgod

    The simple answer to your question, S’T, is to not want what other people have. Be satisfied with what you have, and there is no need for war or violence. Make John Lennon’s “Imagine” the basis of life, and peace will prevail.
    Of course there are all kinds of complexities that arise from my above statements, because they do not speak to fear. Humanity, if nothing else, knows how to fear, and there are a million things to be fearful of. But only if you are not safe within yourself. It is possible to not fear–do not have anything someone else might want. In fact, have nothing, and be happy with it.
    It is possible, even in our present societies. Just don’t play the games.

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Ok, start at the top, work my way down! 😄 Coveting was one of the 7 deadly sins in my Catholic catechism. Capitalism, a man-made instrument of extortion is entirely based on covetousness and anyone who in some form or other supports capitalism is being corrupted through false competition and covetousness. There, I said it! Yes, I agree that if we followed the simple ‘rules’ found in the song, “Imagine” we could end the grossest type of fear: fear of being exploited; of being dispossessed; of being hurt in some way by those who have the power to do so. That is why as a solution to our Earthian madness, and it is madness, I always propose choosing to live compassionately. It’s not an easy path but I know of no other to “make us human” in our interactions with others and our world. Thanks for your carefully worded comment – I hope many people read it and thing about it.

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      1. rawgod

        There is so much more that needs saying, but I don’t have the mental focus right now to make that attempt. Hopefully someone else does, be ause this is prime time to make changes in our society. Despite Trump, the world is fighting the common enemy that you were so shortly ago looking for. Climate change couldn’t do it, wealth inequaty couldn’t do it, but Covid-19 can, especially if the others are added to the mix. The world can change.
        Please, someone, change it! I’m begging you…

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      2. Sha'Tara Post author

        The world of man, or as designed by man, will only change when self empowered individuals choose to change their own nature by turning against Matrix programming. First of course they have to come out of mental hibernation and realize there is a programming running and controlling the species. That’s step number one and few can grasp the enormity of the power wielded by this Matrix, few would even admit it exists. Some thought that by rejecting the old gods symbolic of the Matrix that would do the trick. It didn’t.

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      3. rawgod

        All I can say, S’T, is i belueve myself to be a self-empowered living being, I live my life by my terms, and I do my best not to step on any other living being in any way.
        In all my years I have yet to encounter any programming of any kind that controls the human race. Granted, there are many people who seem to demonstrate being programmed, but that does not make the programming real. It just means they have not encountered themselves yet. They have no reason to change. That may last many lifetimes, but they will encounter themselves eventually. And if there is only the one lifetime here on earth, why bother waking them up. Let them enjoy it asbest they can.
        I do not want to sound elitist or anything, but maybe not everyone gets reincarnated, maybe some do only get one crack at life. But what a waste. I have lived countless lives getting to where I am today, as I am sure you have too. But we are nothing special, no better or worse than the lowliest and tiniest coronavirus. Life is. Without life, there is nothing.

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      …and that is a huge obstacle to achieving greater awareness. I agree with you that Earthians are a flawed species. They were indeed given great gifts: they can exist in two worlds: the natural and the spiritual, and they have the ability to cause these two worlds to coexist peacefully and with understanding. Instead people will fight over religion versus Darwinism or creationism versus evolution. Forget the one upmanship stupid game and just live the “virtuous” life, then observe how spirit and nature come together to forge the mind being, the human.

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      1. Sha'Tara Post author

        I suppose hive mind destroys individuality completely. Probably what the New World Order is trying to achieve for everybody but the elites who would then rule as divinities in absolute power never in any danger of being challenged except by their own shortsightedness and stupidity.

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      2. Sha'Tara Post author

        The sheep believe they own the barn they sleep in and the pasture they roam about in… including the sheep dogs and the shepherd…

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      3. franklparker

        I thinnk yoiu are wrong about one thing. The “elites” will continue to be challenged, as they ahve always been challenged since the dawn of civilisation. Where I agree is that nothing will change as a result, except the names and ancestry of the “elites”. “Elites”, whether overthrown by viollent or peaceful means simply yield to new elites who resume the same behaviours. Not a conspiracy, human nature. The grip of the presnt generation of elites may be stronger, but it needs to be with close to 8 billion potential chalengers out there. Which is why they need the military paraphernalia. Never forget that, living where we do, we are among the privledged few in this world.

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      4. Sha'Tara Post author

        Hi Frank! Sometimes we come close but I think we have to accept that we reason our way through life from opposite ends of the spectrum. I also think that that is a good thing, giving each of us a chance to air our often diametrically opposite viewpoints. Variety in the “Stone Soup”(1) pot.
        Regarding challenging the elites, my thought is they are never challenged enough. Actually elites should never be permitted to arise in the first place. But in a world addicted to mediocrity, they will arise and will cause much harm. The current batch world-wide is likely unequaled in the damage done by their greedy, selfish taking and their putting little or nothing back, just sucking up more, like deranged vacuum cleaners. They do create a lot of “conspiracies” in order to maintain or increase their stranglehold on the populace and the natural environment – just consider their ads and their political promises, i.e., their endless lies. Nothing “natural” about any of that.
        No, I certainly do not, ever, forget how privileged Canadians are, including me. That is why I long for the day when I will experience a world whose modus operandi is pure justice, equality, peace and the healing presence of compassionate living. Even if only a relatively short break it will be welcome from my many Earthian experiences. Then I’ll have to return here eventually… sigh!
        Oh and as to typos, don’t worry, mine have been worse than yours (yeah, been re-reading some of my previous replies… gargh!
        (1) See ref. at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_Soup

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      5. Sha'Tara Post author

        Yes, got to look into that “like” button that won’t show up for comments. Seems to be there for the original post… go figger. Stay well, Frank and keep on writing.

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  2. Hyperion

    An excellent essay delivered in classic Sha’Tara style. It is obvious as you say, and well covered in our historical scratching on stone and other mediums available throughout our times. I’m reminded of the fictional story of Adam and Eve. Don’t bite the apple or else. Then, told you so. We do all know the right choices and the true path. We bite the apple anyway and, well, you told us so. Is this apple biting a sign of a weak conscious? Just bite the damn apple, who cares what happens next. I’ve made a lot of choices along the way that satisfy my desire to disconnect from it all. I haven’t made it to the point where the noise of living doesn’t distract me, but I’m getting there. I’m letting go and cutting strings of attachment to a world no longer worthy of the awareness that living provides. I was recently ask to come back on active duty to serve my country again in time of need. Imagine that, me being on the front line of hope for the fearful masses suddenly faced with an illness that could possibly be the end game for them. But, I’m not young anymore. I have two chronic comorbidity conditions the virus likes to bond with. Chances are I wouldn’t survive this service just like my chances weren’t good before. But, do I fear my own mortality and refuse or do I put my personal views aside and enter into the fray once again, this time for another worthy cause, or is it? Only I can decide. This is the difference you speak of. It is not the opinions or influence of others that matter, for or against. It is my decision alone and that decision bears consequences to me, my family, and those I enter into service with as well as those I would treat. The beauty in this case is, I can choose how this all plays out. We can all choose for ourselves. The risk I see as individuals is we won’t all choose the same path and there is the beginning of the conflict. If we don’t think with one mind, we create conflict. In this era of vitriol and attack for contrived reasons, the obvious so plain in our face remains obscured. You are right Sha’Tara. We can choose and we can choose the right path. Put that damned apple down, feed the snake, and go back to the beach and do a little vitamen D collection. It’s good for us.

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      That covers the points very well. I can add though that as individuals we can still know, without any doubt, whether our choice is a proper one or not. There is that thing called compassion which incidentally I do mention once in a while 😉 we can use as a measure. Those who live compassionately seek only to do good unto others and do no harm. We as individuals need to go there and do this. The thing to remember is, it’s “me” and “my choice” and it is not dependent upon societal group think or group activity.

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      1. Hyperion

        I do believe that it must start with the individual and by virtue of shared compassion across all individuals, we come closer to our divinity without the need for a contrived deity.

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      2. Sha'Tara Post author

        WOW!!!!!!!!! You can say that again and again, and write that again and again! I’m keeping those words as a quote, Daniel, unless you prefer I do not?

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      3. Hyperion

        Ha ha and you thought I wasn’t paying attention. I was, you sold me long ago and I never stopped thinking about it. Quote away. I’m proud of us here.

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  3. franklparker

    I wonder could it be that you have this all the wrong way up?
    Let me begin with nature. I postulate, based on observed evidence, that every living creature exists as a source of food for other, usually bigger, creature(s). It follows that every living creature lives in fear of becoming the prey. Fear is what keeps each individual creature aware and wary of his/her fellow creatures. Fear, in other words, is a natural condition, not one imposed by “the system” – any system, be it religion, peer pressure, systems of law and law enforcement.
    I would further argue that each of these systems has been devised by human beings in order to protect individuals, families, larger groups (communities) from the things they fear.
    In the case of religion this is achieved by creating some imginary consequence of certain behaviour patterns fear of which transcendes the fear of natural phenomena. This is especially necessary the more protected, and therefore complacent, we become about those things we really ought to fear: famine, earthquakes, floods, storms, etc. All naturally occurring phenomena that threaten our existence as individuals or communities.
    Forget your conspiracy theories and notions of a cadre of human beings with superior powers seeking to enslave us and shape us to their ends. That is a form of racism – the suggestion that ‘some are more equal than others’. If a Hitler builds a philosophy and a nation on the theory that (say) blue-eyed blond men and women are superior to men and women of different eye colour/skin pigment, we dedjuce that is wrong. But it must be equally wrong for those who feel inferior to make the same postulation about those they feel inferior to. I’m not saying that there aren’t individuals who are manipulative, greedy, determined to acquire as much as they can of the planet’s resources, including the labour of other human beings, for their own ends. Or that they don’t sometimes conspire with like minded others in persuit of those aims. There has never been a time in history when the lives of the majority were not dominated by such people. But each generation has its quota of such people, often not the offspring of the previous generation’s power holders. Wars come about in two ways. First via the struggle for power between the old and new generations of seekers of power and, secondly, via the struggle between the powerful and those over whom they seek power. Each is mmotivated by the belief that his/her method of protecting the rest of humanity from their fears is more effective than whatever is presently on offer.

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thanks for your comment Frank, and I quote in part: “I postulate, based on observed evidence, that every living creature exists as a source of food for other, usually bigger, creature(s). It follows that every living creature lives in fear of becoming the prey. Fear is what keeps each individual creature aware and wary of his/her fellow creatures. Fear, in other words, is a natural condition, not one imposed by “the system” – any system, be it religion, peer pressure, systems of law and law enforcement.”
      That is a “standard” description of the predatory system, and it is a system. Science has taught that predation is a natural process and people “naturally” accept that as truth. After all there is plenty of evidence in nature that it is how the machine operates. But I’m not most people and my observations force me to accept different interpretations to the norm. Let’s keep in mind that so far we only one one planet – this one – to base our conclusions re: predation. I’ll leave that for now and respond to the fear thing.
      Do creatures live in fear? Does the earthworm live in fear of the robin in the garden? Does the gnu live in fear of the lion? Does the green winged teal fear the peregrine falcon? No, they don’t. I say that animals existing in the wild do not know fear as we understand or experience the concept. They are equipped with a survival instinct that gives them the “fight or flight” choice when faces with a “natural” predator and this gives the predator or the prey certain advantages that allow for the survival of both in a symbiotic relationship.
      Man is in a totally different category. Man chooses to inflict pain and loss on others for OTHER THAN MERE SURVIVAL. He does it for personal satisfaction; for pleasure, for profit, for the experience of power over another, or others. You see Frank, “Man” is not an animal. He has a physical body, but that’s just a part of it. In that respect religion was closer to the truth than Darwinism. Man is a moral entity and that is our greatest gift and our greatest problem. If we accepted our dual nature and chose to live compassionately we could be the “lords of creation” instead of the unchangeable bad predator.
      The question I challenge people with is a big one: is predation a natural blancing mechanism on our world or was it imposed here by/for…??? Food for thought?

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    2. Sha'Tara Post author

      Again, covetousness. That is not a natural process. In nature the strongest get the females, not out of pride but to maintain or improve the species. Not so with Earthians. Here we have artificial systems, or mechanisms that allow depraved, psychopathic, morally corrupt, physically weak individuals to lord it over others, even to having the power to kill thousands, millions, of helpless victims… just because. That is not nature, that is pure evil, and in most cases the hoi polloi support and cheer on these monsters. All that to say that I agree with your comment. Thanks Phil.

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    3. Sha'Tara Post author

      Quote: “Maybe because man as a species is the most greedy, selfish and egoistic animal to walk on this mother earth as well as the fact that its a unfaithful species on the whole.”
      I don’t think there is a “Maybe” in your statement, it is unfortunately too true. Thanks for taking the time to comment, Saadia.

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      1. A writer from the East

        Unfortunately, we are our own best enemies and we do not learn either. Its a pleasure- am slow in reading your work, but nevertheless am reading it and enjoying very well 🙂

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  4. Phil Huston

    Vonnegut in “Cat’s Cradle” works the theme of everyone needs a scapegoat. My favorite line of my own is from the architect turned punk rocker who looks at throng of screaming for anarchy with running water and food kids, two of his fist-fighting band mates then Deanna Collings the Goth for a night women’s rights advocate – “Where would we all be without anyone to hate?”
    Some of it, as Frank suggests, is leftover biology. The rest is politics. He has more horses and women and I want them. –
    American Business model –

    The salesmen are making too damn much money
    They’re selling a lot of shit
    They’re still making too much money
    Stop paying them and the sales and the money will dry up
    Well, at least I won’t be giving money away to salesmen
    You aren’t really giving it away
    The hell I’m not!
    What do we do with the shit in the warehouse when they stop selling?
    We stop making it.
    And?
    And fire everybody else. Godammit, it’s MY money and I’m sick of giving it away!

    Huh?

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