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Is War Inevitable?

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February 13, 2012 11:24:34 AM
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jmurphy

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While I agree that humans are capable of higher thought individually, when we come together as a group we are more prone to mob mentality. And the larger the group, the more ridiculous an idea we seem to be willing to rally behind.

Examples: Jesus' crucifixion, Iraq war

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February 13, 2012 11:21:42 AM
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Elizabeth

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It is not. Can sports play a role as "war replacement" in society? If so, it indicates that people may well have a war-like instinct and an urge to fight each other, but are capable of finding healthier outlets for it.

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February 13, 2012 11:21:18 AM
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gary

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It is inevitable, as long as there are difference in their beliefs and ideologies, there will be conflict, there will be war.

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February 13, 2012 11:20:26 AM
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Mike

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Yes, war is inevitable. If we solve world issues like buyer, shelter, prosperity and health war & conflict will diminish but there will ALWAYS be those that covet, have ambitions to rule, are aggressive & murderous. And let's not forget religious fanaticism and how THAT influences the behavior of mankind. Evolution may change this condition but we know that takes thousands of centuries.

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February 13, 2012 11:20:18 AM
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ellie

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totally free and available birth control and total equality for women. Less or no wars!

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February 13, 2012 11:19:07 AM
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Jim Kelly from Brick, NJ

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Yes, war is inevitable, because oppression will never stop. It is within human nature to oppress, so even if governments and kingdoms aren't warring with each other, the oppressed will always be at war with the oppressors.

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February 13, 2012 11:18:59 AM
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james mccullagh

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An emphatic yes. James Hillman's A Terrible Love of War provides compelling psychogical argument that war is not only inevitable but that religion itself is war.

Might be worth a session.

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February 13, 2012 11:18:11 AM
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Hank

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Definitely not inevitable. Think of all the relationships in which war has not taken place. Is every marriage to end in divorce, is ever country to be sundered. There are too many good people in this world, too many stable poolings on the micro and macro levels. There will always be conflicts, and conflict resolutions. But we are better on the whole than the hate and ignorance that may drag us down.

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February 13, 2012 11:18:08 AM
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mike10456@gmail.com

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War is inevitable because resources are limited. Human being always will fight for resources.

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February 13, 2012 11:17:56 AM
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Angela

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I always thought that our behaviour is to some extent dictated by our circumstances.
The more of us that are competing for resources the more likely we are to fight for survival. There is an incredible imbalance of wealth,etc.
Also, if you are in a situation where you're fighting for your life or protecting a loved one or group, an inner violence can emerge.

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February 13, 2012 11:15:12 AM
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amy

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Yes, due to ever increasing limits in resources: food, water, oil, war will increase.

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February 13, 2012 11:14:47 AM
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Carol

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War is inevitable as long as males are in charge of the world. If we ever got majority female governments in all countries we'd be sitting in circles discussing things and empowering each other.

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February 13, 2012 11:14:46 AM
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janet

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Most wars have silly reasons. People need to sit down and discuss the problems. Look at WWI and even our recent War in Iraq.

Most people just want to hang on to power.
Especially lately, with dictators wanting to hang on to power. They have deluded themselves that they are great

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February 13, 2012 11:13:27 AM
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Peter

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If people kill each other over a soccer game how can we prevent violence and war over "larger" issues of race, religion, nationalism, etc?

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February 13, 2012 11:13:03 AM
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Leo from Weston CT

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There will be human conflict for the foreseeable future, barring any big change (like mass extinction!). We have an inbuilt "us versus them" mentality. Add that to finite resources, and there you have it!

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February 13, 2012 11:11:32 AM
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Judith

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Most people don't want war but there will always be people who want to profit from a war.

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February 13, 2012 11:11:27 AM
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Jessie Henshaw

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The “feaverish” aspect of "war fevers" give away the danger of war as a natural phenomenon. Everyone gets so swept up in it, just exactly like the housing bubble, a "social network frenzy".

That's what fits the historic periods in which societies drove themselves mad, like we are at present, becoming absolutist about follow old rules in new situations.

Limitless growth on a shrinking world throws everyone into conflict. That’s real, and by driving us crazy a real source of war.

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February 13, 2012 11:11:26 AM
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Pete Sparta NJ

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YES! Look at the Native Americans in pre colonial times. They had millions of acres of pristine productive land to roam in and they still found reasons to battle over everything!

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February 13, 2012 11:11:02 AM
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Elaine

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As long as there are evil dictators and/orleaders by the likes of Pol Pot, Stalin, Hitler, etc. the necessity of war is inevitable. To let evil go unchecked in the world is to be complicit with their crimes.

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February 13, 2012 11:10:08 AM
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Ed Neffinger

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War is probably inevitable. But most wars are avoidable. When the entire world is ready to cooperate to make elimination of war a priority, then we can eliminate it.

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