Philosophy – “There are Winners or Losers in War” – 5/5/2020

“The temporary life is the temporary peace. The eternal life is the eternal war.”

– Anonymous

War is a challenge for anyone willing to be brave enough to face life’s trials. There are those who say that war is not winnable, nor are there any losers. However, could one comprehend it from a cancer patient’s perspective? Their “war” is theirs to win, and should they win it, their peace and strength will be magnified before they had the war with cancer.

Take it from a person with depression. Such a war with depression is not permanent, should they choose to face it. Whatever was causing their depression, should that be from a traumatic loss or whatever else, is meant to be countered until the war is won. Then, peace is discovered.

If war is the opposite of peace, then the word “battle” means nothing. One could say that life is a battle, or that life is a struggle, or that life is a never-ending war. Life wars with life, life wars with itself, as this means that the winnable war makes the temporary peace, making the temporary life. The soldier that died on the battlefield, is now the dead hero. They were the ones who lost their lives, or simply lost. If war is a game to politicians, like pieces on the chess board, then so is life, full of winners and losers. We are temporary, both in our eyes, and in the eyes of those who provide for us, as a world leader.

The temporary peace, or the temporary life, is opposite from the eternal war, called life. Though, we are not meant to count ourselves among others, not meant to compete through pain, in the example of a person with cancer or the person with depression. We do not, because we are attempting to survive, like any war. If war can be won, then peace can be found. If one were to swap the idea of life, with the idea of death, and make life the eternal peace, one creates a greater weakness in their life than ever war could.

A war that is won, is proven to not have been permanent, such as the case of a person with depression. When they win their war, it was not life they conquered, because such is impossible. It was merely territory that they conquered, got to know, so that whatever battles that are similar is now within their territory.

Winning a war merely means to achieve peace. Though, peace is more temporary than war, and such cannot be helped. We thrive on conflict to become stronger, as a species. If one should disagree, then what of the bodybuilder? The bodybuilder, in a sense, breaks down their muscle fibers during their training, so that when they rest (in peace), they strengthen. In the same sense, people will cause deliberate conflict, inject deceit into a society to stir chaos, so that society is maintained with a cycle. A cycle of conflict to peace, and peace to conflict. Then, the world strengthens. Like the routine of a bodybuilder, it is disciplined and systematic. It is strategic, like war. Tactical, like war. Thoughtful, like war. But, never heartfelt. It is because what is on the leader’s mind, is what their heart mainly tells it. Their strategies, their tactics, comes from a desire to defend.

The heart is only associated with the protection of others, during war. To fight another’s battle, is no different than a politician placing pawns on the chess board, used for warfare. In the sense that a mind will follow a heart, is in the sense that a general will be the one using tactics, a leader or anyone else the same, when anyone else is used for those tactics.

The won war will be the returned war, when history repeats itself. That is the essence of human stupidity. To believe in the notion of advancement, like armies, and believing that one can correct a past mistake, by simply replicating it through a different approach. Sad things is, armies do not know anything else besides slaughter and who to leave behind, while they walk forward. The heart leads the army forward, and those they’ve slain, are leaked of their heart’s contents on the soil.

Will war return? It will, though of the same appearance? No.

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