World War 1

November 11th, 2018

I cannot begin to comprehend the First World War. I have never understood war at all, beyond the occasional need for two angry men to knock seven bells out of each other to settle a misunderstanding in a pub. I have never ever understood why these differences of opinion have to be extended to encompass entire nations and destroy civilisations.  So today when I read this Tweet from Tom Cordell I thought yes, I agree with you and that’s why I’m posting it here.

Like most families in the UK mine lost Great Uncles in WW1. Our family was not immune from the losses and I admire their courage but I still think that war is a stupid and ghastly way to settle political differences.

Of course the generation I grew up in was submerged in the after effects of the Second World War. Both my parents and grandparents lived through it. Our childrens’ magazines were full of articles about its history and comic strips involving the Hun. We played games in the garden where the “baddies” were the Germans. Years later through Friends Reunited I found out that some of the people who taught us at secondary school had flown in Lancaster bombers or had in other ways served in the Armed Forces.

But if you ask me if war is a sensible way to settle political differences in the C21st or even in the C20th, after tens of thousands of years of human evolution when you may imagine we had evolved better and more peaceful ways to resolve our differences, then no, I don’t think it is. I think war is a catastrophic failure of human evolution in every sense.

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