Occasionally, often after a long discussion about the orchestration of various current and historical events and/or global directions, when faced with overwhelming evidence that counters the other person’s previously held beliefs or worldviews, I hear the response, ‘I see what you’re saying, but what can we do about?’
I’ll begin this answer by quoting from a conversation in the novel, Psyclone:
‘You could start by asking the question as if it was a real question, instead of a statement that says there’s nothing you can do.’
‘I mean it, what can we do?’
‘I mean it too. Ask yourself the question and think about it. The answers might take some working out, but there is something you can do. There are things we can all do. People have to get off their backsides before it’s too late.’
Another question at this point might be, do about what? Well, if you can look around the world that you live in and not find anything that could do with making better, then you’re fortunate indeed…and living on another planet. Unfortunately, planet Earth and its inhabitants are labouring under a long list of predicaments in desperate need of sorting out. I won’t list them because the words and phrases fail to carry the full meaning and in too many people’s minds have become just words. For instance, unless you’ve experienced it or made the effort to discern the real meaning of the word, ‘homelessness’ is just another one of those words and doesn’t convey anything of the discomfort, hopelessness, trauma, desperation, etc, etc, of the condition itself. (For a window into that world read A Little Matched World, a modern-day adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Match Girl, which was my way of doing something, encouraging people think, about the issue.)
Or how about war? War is easily one of the biggest problems the world faces at present. Military conflicts all over the world, caused, funded, manipulated, and involving the US and its henchmen, sorry, allies, are continuing to create financial, ecological, and humanitarian crises on a scale never seen before. Not only are they tearing countries apart, laying waste to the countries themselves, more often than not using weapons of mass destruction, (an issue I’ll cover in a coming post), killing millions of innocent people…MILLIONS of INNOCENT people, they’re also bankrupting, in the case of the US and, in the UK drastically cutting the amount of money being spent on the essential infrastructure of the country. And all this despite the fact that the wars being waged are illegal according to international law. If that wasn’t enough, the corporate connections in government are doing everything they can to fan the flames of war higher, everywhere they can, to create maximum profits for their war machine industry. As is stated in Psyclone:
“They’re a private, for profit, off-the-shelf, regime-change industry. They fight the wars, organise the occupation that follows, rebuild the ruined infrastructure, recruit new governments, and manage the post-war economy.”
There’s that question again.
Okay, let’s take it a step at a time. What’s the problem? War. What’s the answer? Peace.
Hands up who wants peace. All those with their hands up, how much time have you spent, how many hours…minutes?…have you thought about ways in which you can do something to create peace? How many hours or minutes have you spent actually doing something to promote? Is it a valid enough desire, a worthy enough cause, for you to spend a few more minutes, another hour maybe, thinking about ways in which you can create more peace in the world and/or doing something to achieve that?
Personally, I want it so much, I can’t not do something about it.
So what can you do? Well, that’s not something I can tell you. You know yourself and your circumstances. What you can do largely depends on these. But something is definitely better than nothing.
I asked if peace was a valid enough desire or a worthy enough cause, when doing something is actually also a responsibility of each individual according to the Principles of International Law Recognised in the Charter of the Nuremberg Tribunal and in the Judgment of the Tribunal, which were adopted by the International Law Commission of the United Nations in 1950.
Principle VII states that,
Complicity in the commission of a crime against peace, a war crime, or a crime against humanity as set forth in Principles VI is a crime under international law.
The dictionary definition of complicity is involvement or collaboration;
collaboration being defined as cooperation (usually with an enemy), and cooperation as assistance, esp. by ready compliance with.
Principle VI defines the crimes as:
a. Crimes against peace:
1. Planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances;
2. Participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of any of the acts mentioned under (i).
b. War crimes:
Violations of the laws or customs of war which include, but are not limited to, murder, ill-treatment or deportation to slave-labor or for any other purpose of civilian population of or in occupied territory, murder or illtreatment of prisoners of war, of persons on the seas, killing of hostages, plunder of public or private property, wanton destruction of cities, towns, or villages, or devastation not justified by military necessity.
c. Crimes against humanity:
Murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation and other inhuman acts done against any civilian population, or persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds, when such acts are done or such persecutions are carried on in execution of or in connection with any crime against peace or any war crime.
All seems very clear, doesn’t isn’t. In fact there isn’t one aspect of the Principles that isn’t being trashed in numerous instances by the aforementioned fascists. (if you think my referring to the US/UK Military-Industrial-Parliamentary/Congressional Complex as fascists, think about the definition of fascism said to have been made by Mussolini: ‘Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power,’ and check back for a following post which will provide more information and research sources on the issue.)
So, back to the question what can you do, or rather, what can we do to create peace in the world? Again the quote from Psyclone:
Ask yourself the question and think about it. The answers might take some working out, but there is something you can do. There are things we can all do.
Posts to follow will include a series of peace-making ideas and inspiring examples of peacemakers in action.