Why do people go to war?
War is one of the most destructive and tragic phenomena in human history. It has caused countless deaths, injuries, displacements, and sufferings for millions of people across the world. Yet, despite the horrors of war, some people still choose to participate in it, either willingly or unwillingly. Why is that? What are the main reasons that drive people to go to war?
Lack of education
One of the possible reasons is the lack of education. Some people may be uneducated or misinformed about the true causes and consequences of war. They may be tricked by the government, religion, or history to believe that war is necessary, justified, or glorious. They may be brainwashed by propaganda, nationalism, or ideology to hate or fear the enemy. They may be ignorant of the alternatives to war, such as diplomacy, negotiation, or cooperation.
Another possible reason is coercion. Some people may be forced by the government or other authorities to join the war, either by law, threat, or pressure. They may have no choice but to obey or face punishment, imprisonment, or death. They may be conscripted, drafted, or recruited against their will. They may be exploited, manipulated, or deceived to fight for a cause they do not support or understand.
A third possible reason is incentive. Some people may be motivated by the benefits or rewards of war, such as money, power, or glory. They may be paid, bribed, or promised to fight for a certain side or interest. They may be greedy, ambitious, or opportunistic to gain wealth, influence, or fame from war. They may be violent, aggressive, or sadistic to enjoy killing, hurting, or dominating others.
As a pacifist, I would not go to war for any government, any religion, or any money. I genuinely do not care what country I live in, as long as I feel safe, free, and happy. I would leave the country if it ever had thoughts of starting a war. I think that war is a waste and is not worth the cost, the pain, or the suffering. I think that war is not the solution, the answer, or the option.
I think that dialogue, diplomacy, and cooperation are more effective, more rational and more humane than violence, force, or aggression. I think that tolerance, respect, and compassion are more important than hatred, fear, or prejudice. I think that peace, justice and harmony are more meaningful than war, chaos, or destruction.
I hope one day, governments will recognize the value of preserving historical monuments and artifacts, and refrain from destroying them. Additionally, governments should focus on addressing their own internal issues rather than getting involved in the geopolitical affairs of other countries.