Playing With War Wisdom

On Playing with Toy Soldiers and Playing Army

Pretending to send others to their deaths and kill them as pawns in a game, over and over while eventually caring about them as individuals with personal dreams, made me mentally a veteran by my teens. By the time i joined the military i felt i had already thought through life and death decisions that most would never shed a tear over. So when i cried about simple authoritarian issues, despite being able to follow and give orders and act like a silly robot, most of my fellow soldiers had no way to know the depth of my thoughts about a system i could not change even if i was a general. The struggle of constant war is insane, and many wars are in vain.

Playing with toy soldiers is not as silly as the reality of war. Playing might be a silly action, but it is simply a mode of being, it does not ‘make us silly’; but the real truth is that military armies make all of human history seem silly and a waste of life, on par with slavery. Slaves and soldiers have done great things, but the paradox that they existed at all is troubling from any kind of moral or ethical position. the joy of playing war or play fighting, is similar to the crazed glee of an actual war monger; which is more ridiculous?? the power to send humans to their death willingly is a great thrill. Even more so is the feel of victory after having slaughtered others. For this reason no civilized people should keep a standing army during peace times, which should be far longer than times of war; lest they begin to create their own enemies for the sake of perpetuation.

What each of us learns from conflict is up to us; just as with real fights, battles, and war. Hitler did not learn from WW1 to stop trying to hurt people, and may have never learned the wisdom of peace. Yet some learn without having to attack anyone. [ Recording of this essay ]

 

 

 

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