Before the Dawn of Civilization there was violence, in its more tangible form—War. Some people believe that human being is inherently violent, and human temperament is a reflection of our repressed animal instincts in our process of domestication.
When we are born, our mothers supply our basic needs for survive, and we generate a dependence cycle. Later as we grow, we develop an image of “I”, to difference ourselves from others, later called ownership. Now we have “our” mother, “our” food and “our” shelter. In the society we grow up in this feeling evolves in territoriality and competition, the concept of adversary included anyone different from you, some thinks about skin color, others of gender, capacity or believes. We believe it is our right to have those things, but we don’t realize we came alone and naked to this world, even our mother is not our property as well as our sons.
The concept of the property of a mother further evolved in “Motherland”, a concept taught to people all around the world to transform them into soldiers, inventing borders, governments, money and religions. The word “soldier” refers to a member of the country, and in some languages is derived from the word war.
The truth is no one precisely knows war’s causes, but most of humans know what its effects are. I’ve seen it—in people’s eyes—eyes filled with anger, hate, sorrow, pain, despair, madness, suffering, compassion, that cloud their sight to such a point as not to be able to recognize their “own” mother.
So, why do soldiers fight? Why do humans fight?
It’s righteous to fight for a country or a piece of land that once was a single-undivided-mass called Pangaea? Or for a tree or an animal that never issued a certification of property?
What or who gives us the right to call MINE anything besides our body?
Are those lines, divisions, possessions and borders real outside our minds?
M. Ch. Landa