War. Part 2.

General Douglas MacArthur
General Douglas MacArthur (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


June 3, 2013 by Jerry Alatalo

German born, Swiss-American scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955) said the following to Dr. Freud in 1932:

“This is the problem: Is there any way of delivering mankind from the menace of war? As one immune from national bias, I personally see a simple way of dealing with the superficial (i.e. administrative) aspect of the problem: the setting up by international consent of a legislative and judicial body to settle every conflict arising between nations… Thus I am led to my first axiom: the quest of international security involves the unconditional surrender by every nation, in a certain measure, of its liberty of action, its sovereignty that is to say, and it is clear beyond doubt that no other road can lead to such security.”

Einstein’s last written words before he passed away showed how concerned he was about the solving of the problems facing humanity:

“Not one statesman in a position of responsibility has dared to pursue the only course that holds out any promise of peace, the courage of supranational security, since for a statesman to follow such a course would be tantamount to political suicide.”

Why is it that these words from the genius Einstein are rarely if ever disseminated, spread out far and wide. The reason is probably just as Einstein said: “…political suicide.”  We have decided to write down Einstein’s thoughts here because they are important thoughts that the people should be aware of. They are more important than political suicide. Wisdom should not and will not be withheld for any reasons. The dissemination of wisdom results in solutions being implemented.

War goes back a very long way. Chinese philosopher and founder of Taoism Lao-Tzu (c.565 B.C.):

“In time of war men, civilized in peace, turn from their higher to their lower nature. But triumph is not beautiful. One who thinks triumph is beautiful is one with a will to kill. The death of a multitude is cause for mourning. Conduct your triumph as a funeral.”

Lao-Tzu also said:

“To rejoice in conquest is to rejoice in murder.”

Humanity is coming to a point where we will truly understand the errors of our actions. We have yet to fully grasp the spiritual aspects of all of our actions, both on a personal and on a global level. Thankfully the awareness that we have yet to fully grasp is inevitable. Human error, including error on the personal level involving all those we come into contact with, as well as nation to nation contacts, is being revealed. These historical errors will be resolved along with the damage done to both the individual and collective. From that point, because the human race has come to understand the error of its way, error will be no more.

Then the human race will rejoice not in conquest, but in peace. Then the human race will rejoice not in murder, but in healing.

American General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) is a well known historical military figure. MacArthur had some not so well known things to say about war that we could study:

“I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a method of settling international disputes.”

MacArthur spoke these words to Congress in 1951 when he was 71 years old. We have heard the famous quote from him “Old soldiers never die; they just fade away” but the quote where he pointed to “war rendered useless” seems to show us an instance where there is a selective use of MacArthur’s thoughts and words.

Are you aware of MacArthur speaking the following words in 1961 when he was 81 years old?:

“Global war has become a Frankenstein’s monster, threatening to destroy both sides. It contains now only the germs of a double suicide.”

We are, if we have never experienced war on the personal level, getting some idea of the actual toll taken on mankind. MacArthur in the winter of his life came to the point where he had to try to prevent future generations from having to pay the same tolls with their horrifying consequences.

English dramatist Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593):

“Accurst be he that first invented war.”

Lord Chancellor of England, declared a saint in 1915, Sir Thomas More (1478-beheaded 1535) wrote a book with the title Utopia in 1516. His words on war and an ideal society from the book:

“They detest war as a very brutal thing; and which, to the reproach of human nature is more practiced by men than any sort of beasts; and they, against the custom of almost all other nations, think that there is nothing more inglorious than that glory which is gained by war. They should be both troubled and ashamed of a bloody victory over their enemies; and in no victory do they glory so much, as in that which is gained by dexterity and good conduct without bloodshed.”

Sir Thomas More is telling us that glory is a misunderstood word with regard to human relations. We could take this idea down to the personal level. We would feel a great honor when we chose dexterity and good conduct to resolve personal differences over the dishonorable choice of using anger or physical violence. Imagine all the suffering which could have been avoided throughout history if humanity would have chosen the real glory, with dexterity and good conduct in situations where war and peace was concerned.

We have been given the wisdom all through human history to make the best choices.

All that is needed is the will to always have those best choices on the table. If we can always compare the alternatives does it not seem the best choices are going to be made? It does not require a doctoral degree in international relations to understand the simple, yet profound. This work is for all people no matter their status.

Swedish munitions manufacturer and philanthropist Alfred Nobel (1833-1896) initiating the Nobel Prize:

“I intend to leave after my death a large fund for the promotion of the peace idea, but I am skeptical as to its results. The savants will write excellent volumes. There will be laureates. But wars will continue just the same until the force of circumstances renders them impossible.”

One is reminded of the elder George Bush where he mentioned “the vision thing” when seeing the words “the peace idea”.

We would submit that the force of circumstances has been present all along. They have not been taken into consideration. They have been ignored. The circumstance of human suffering, the circumstance of greed, the circumstance of wealth concentration, the circumstance of starvation, the circumstance of poverty, the circumstance of disease, the circumstance of environmental degradation, the circumstance of corruption, the circumstance of spiritual bankruptcy.

The circumstance of believing the false notion that we cannot create a heaven on Earth. The circumstance of failing to heed Dwight Eisenhower’s warning in his farewell address, the circumstance of failing to grasp the wisdom given by men and women spiritual masters through the ages, the circumstance of choosing expenditure on arms which result in death, the circumstance of not choosing expenditure on healing our human family.

The present days contain Nobel’s force of circumstances which will render them (wars) impossible.

Athenian philosopher and disciple of Socrates, Plato (428-348 B.C.) on war:

“Without determining as yet whether war does good or harm, this much we may affirm, that now we have discovered war to be derived from causes of almost all the evils in states, private as well as public.”

“Whence comes wars and fightings, and factions? Whence but from the body and the lusts of the body? Wars are occasioned by the love of money, and money has to be acquired for the same and service of the body.”

Notice when Plato lived. Hundreds of years before Christ. Thank the Creator that with the help of the holy spirit we are finally changing paradigms and that the historical models are coming to an end. Anticipate the great changes which are occurring and rejoice that they are happening in your lifetime. Rejoice that you will witness great changes of a magnitude never before seen on this planet.

You are witnessing the literal creation of heaven on Earth. Human evolution is unending and now we see the evolution of spiritual consciousness.

British mathematician and philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) in his book titled The Future of Mankind had this to say about war:

“If war no longer occupied men’s thoughts and energies, we could within a generation, put an end to all serious poverty throughout the world.”

Think about what Russell said there in 1950.

Ask yourself why there are so few discussions dealing with only solutions to end war and poverty found on mass media such as television, radio, newspapers and magazines. The reason is that the remnants of the old, historical paradigms where the ego is trusted more than the spirit are still being used for ego and self.

Once the new paradigm is a reality we will see the natural changes where trust in spirit and concern for others will come into play. Never for a second doubt that these changes are coming as you are reading this and will only increase in power.

It is humanity’s divine destiny.


Yusuf (Cat Stevens) “Peace Train”