Saturday, September 24, 2016

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

War is grievously amazing. An insufficient body of leaders are capable of sending the youth of the world to their deaths from the illogical idea of self-imagined slights. Though the majority of wars are fought in the name of greed and power--the two evil creatures that have left trails of corruption and horror on our Earth since the inception of time.

There's an immense truth in the featured quote that originates from the lengthy book of War and Peace. If humans exerted the energy to glimpse the depths of our own souls and examine the substantial faults found within--blaming the multitudes would cease, and our world would have diminished bodies for grieving parents to bury.

Hopefully, one day war will be the ancient history studied with fear and fascination, but until we stop giving the power to the few to govern the many, world peace is but a dream.

“If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.” 
― Leo TolstoyWar and Peace

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Watership Down by Richard Adams

In 1939, MGM released a somber cartoon titled Peace on Earth. The title, based on the Christmas song of the same name, tells a despairing story of the categorical annihilation of mankind.

The song lyrics incorporate the words "Good will to men," which leads to the history of humans as told by a grandfather squirrel to his grandchildren.  He reveals the insanity of  men's desire to slaughter each other until there isn't a single human left breathing.

Watership Down tells the story of a group of rabbits wanting to live in a free society as far away from their former cruel leaders, yet the beings they despise with absolute disrespect are homo sapiens.
The book reveals that animals believe humans have a lack of regard for each other and the earth, which is revealed in the following quote.

In both the cartoon and book, human's destructive nature will end life and our nature will never change. War and murder are still prevalent on our earth, and men still look for elaborate ways to kill others who disagree with the ideas they possess,or for greed and enjoyment, but unlike the rabbits and squirrels, I still have hope that mankind may one day shed its malignant skin and respect and appreciate the differences that create humanity.

“Men will never rest till they've spoiled the earth and destroyed the animals.” 
― Richard AdamsWatership Down

All pictures (without the words) are from Pixabay, and clicking on them will take you to the site.