War. Part 3.

Cover of "War and Peace"June 4, 2013 by Jerry Alatalo

American poet Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) could be seen as a prophet with his short, famous quote:

“Sometime they’ll give a war and nobody will come.”

That sometime is rapidly approaching. Can you imagine how good you are going to feel on that day? The feeling will be the same one those who have had the near death experience returned to describe for us. What these men and women experienced was the love of the Creator.

This experience has led these men and women to write books, appear on television and radio talk shows and other avenues to share what happened to them.

The experiences were so profound that these men and women had no choice but to share them with us. Find their stories in print and on the internet. You will be astonished by these stories. You will be divinely inspired. Their stories are life changing in a good and positive way, for both the people who had the experiences and those who learn from them.

English poet Percy Shelley (1792-1822) was seen by fellow poet Mathew Arnold as “a beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain.” Shelley with the following, shares Sandburg’s vision:

“A brighter morn awaits the human day, when poverty and wealth, the thirst of fame, the fear of infamy, disease and woe, war with its million horrors, and fierce hell, shall live but in the memory of time.”

Shelley wrote these words in 1810 when he was only 18 years old. He did not receive acclaim until after he transitioned to spirit. He is now considered one the great lyric poets. Just as we considered Sandburg prophetic we consider Shelley prophetic. These words describe this time we are living in now. Once again, rejoice that you are witnessing and experiencing the greatest spiritual transformation this Earth has ever seen.

American General in the union army William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891) honestly shares his thoughts on the experiencing of war:

“You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will. War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it; and those who brought war into our country deserve all the curses and maledictions a people could pour out.”

Also, “I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded, who cry aloud for blood. War is hell.  …There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell. You can bear this warning voice to generations yet to come. I look upon war with horror.”

How often do we hear our leaders in Washington speak the words like those quoted here? These historical figures were giving us evidence and warning of the consequences of choosing war over peace. One day soon the entire human race will understand. Thank God that day will be dawning soon.

The man credited with discovering vitamin C, American biochemist and Nobel Prize winner in 1937 Albert Szent-Gyorgyi was born in Budapest, Hungary. One more man giving us wisdom and warning:

“You have only to wish it and you can have a world without hunger, disease, cancer and toil–anything you wish, wish anything and it can be done. Or else we can exterminate ourselves… At present we are on the road to extermination.”

“Man is a very strange animal. In much of the world half the children go to bed hungry and we spend a trillion on rubbish–steel, iron, tanks. We are all criminals. There is an old Hungarian poem, ‘If you are among brigands (n. One who lives by plunder usually as a member of a band) and you are silent, you are a brigand yourself.’”

“It is sad that man is not intelligent enough to solve problems without killing. The present world crisis can be solved only by a general human revolution against outdated concepts. Man is not a blood-thirsty animal, and war is only due to the greed and lust for power of relatively small groups, the conspiracy of the few against the many.”

Have you heard any words like these from the politicians? These are the words of a visionary.

The next time you watch an interview of your favorite Hollywood actor/actress, a famous musician, a politician or sports star think about and compare their words to the words contained here.

Then take any of these words/thoughts and write a letter to the editor which includes them. Strike a balance for truth. Call a radio talk show and read them. Share them through emails and social media.

Send emails to your representative in Congress, your senator, any senator, the president. If you have thoughts about an issue and you feel that you can give ideas for real, positive results then do it. What is there to lose? When you communicate your ideas and they are received they very possibly will be part of the solutions.

Stop underestimating your ability to bring change in this world. Those who have effected change throughout history were human the same as you or any man or woman. God gave you free will so you can use it for the helping of others. As we help others we help ourselves. As we heal others we heal ourselves.

Russian writer Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910).  From his classic novel War and Peace:

“But what is war? What is needed for success in warfare? What are the habits of the military? The aim of war is murder; the methods of war are spying, treachery, and their encouragement, the ruin of a country’s inhabitants, robbing them or stealing to provision the army, and fraud and falsehood termed military craft. The habits of the military class are the absence of freedom, discipline, idleness, ignorance, cruelty, debauchery, and drunkenness. And in spite of all this, it is the highest class, respected by everyone. And he who kills most people receives the highest awards.”

Fellow Russian writer Maksim Gorki (1868-1936) on Tolstoy:

“No man deserves more to be called a genius, no man is more complex, more contradictory, more admirable than he in all things, yes, in all things. He is a man who envelops all men, a man-mankind.”

Gandhi considered Tolstoy’s non-fiction work What is Art? as Tolstoy’s masterpiece. In it Tolstoy states criterion for true art. Amongst other criterion the work must convey the highest spiritual thought/feeling on the planet. Another is the work must result in a literal improvement in the human condition. We have read What is Art? and would recommend it highly. God knows we can use some literal improvement in the human condition.

Finally on war we listen once more to American social scientist Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929) from his book The Theory of the Leisure Class:

“The enthusiasm for war, and the predatory temper of which it is the index, prevail in the largest measure among the upper classes, especially among the hereditary leisure class.”

The events of September 11, 2001 need a new, real, thorough and complete investigation without any omission. Truth must prevail.

The time has come for war to end. War is the greatest failing of civilization. Very soon the earlier statement will be “War was the greatest failing of civilization.” Keep faith that a world without war is going to be a reality. In all of your prayers thank God that this reality is one which you will witness in your lifetime. The spiritual evolution of the human race is happening and will continue to increase in intensity until every man and woman will understand that we are all brothers and sisters on this our Mother Earth.

These evolutionary movements will be of such a size that time will literally end. Spiritual enlightenment will be of such a high level that a literal heaven on Earth will be the reality we see before our eyes. Can you sense the anticipation of these coming events increasing day by day? It is coming. There is nothing anyone, anywhere, in any positions of power or authority, can do to stop this movement to the new paradigm of love.

It is the destiny of the human race.

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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.

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Yusuf (Cat Stevens) “Peace Train”

War. Part 1.

Cover of
Cover of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

June 2, 2013 by Jerry Alatalo

War is mankind’s greatest failure. How many of you have had enough of war? Great Spirit answer our prayers. Please help us finally put an end to this error of war that we keep repeating and repeating. Please put an end to the causes of fighting amongst our fellow human beings with its massive suffering inflicted on both “winners” and “losers” alike.

For there is no “winning” in war, only loss.

Here we would offer the words of the 34th President of the United States, Dwight Eisenhower (1890-1969):

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the houses of its children. This is not a way of life… Under the cloud of war, it is humanity hanging itself on a cross of iron.”

You would think that such a frank analysis as this one made by Eisenhower with its  profundity would have turned the tide concerning war and military expenditure. Eisenhower, in his farewell address, adds yet another profound look at the military expenditures of mankind:

“This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience… In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”

Why do we end up disregarding the obvious wisdom through history men and women have given us? Eisenhower’s words in these two quotes are simply spot-on.  What a predicament we have put ourselves in with regard to military spending and the use of the products created with that spending.

Thank God we are coming to the point in time where our spiritual wisdom will be returned to us all. We will end this war madness once and for all. Divine intervention will make us all painfully aware of the error of our ways when we made the choices to allow this insanity to occur. You may want to read Eisenhower’s words again and again until you really understand what he was trying to convey.

We have had war for so long now that it seems almost to be a part of life. It need not be so. War is a choice. If there was a reason for war it could only be self-defense. Any war of aggression must result in consequences which are severe enough for those responsible for their decisions to deter any future decision maker from making the same mistake. War crimes are the highest of any crimes and must be dealt with in the highest way. Many of you are aware that most of the time wars are fought for financial or natural resource reasons.

You may have read the book Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins. The book was Perkins’ insider view of geopolitical events he participated in and witnessed. Mr. Perkins wrote the book after the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center event in an effort to create a better world for his children and grandchildren. He describes the typical course of events when he was dealing with the leaders of countries which had natural resources that multinational companies wanted to have access to.

First the leader and his country are given loans from the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund for large infrastructure projects which benefit mainly multinational companies along with the elite of the country. The poor of the country do not realize any gain in their standard of living. Next the country falls behind on the repayment of the loans, in the billions of dollars.

At this point Perkins describes the “pound of flesh.”  He would offer that particular country’s leader great wealth if he played the game and allowed access at a low price to his country’s natural resources. Of course, austerity measures would be needed in order that the World Bank/IMF loans could be repaid.

He would gently remind the leader, if he was considering not playing the game, of what happened to the previous leader who did not want to play. It is called political assassination. Perkins dealt personally with democratically elected leaders who were killed in airplane crashes etc.  If the current leader continues to reject the offers then the jackals are sent in to attempt a coup or political dissent; any action that would drive the leader from office including assassination. Then if this fails to remove the leader, the military comes to forcibly remove the leader through war. What Perkins describes is very saddening.

Thanks to John Perkins for telling the world the truth through his experiences on the geopolitical stage. The book is an eye opener for whoever reads it and even though the book describes a very sad state of affairs, has contributed to a needed awareness of the reality of what he describes being gained for people from many areas of the planet.

This awareness has served as a defense for many against such manipulative actions with the unfortunate consequences associated with them. People have been spared suffering and hardship because John Perkins stood up and told the truth.

Many other books have been written by men and women who have experienced war. As wars are started by the rich and fought by the poor we will be giving no voice here to those who start wars. Only if those who started the war risked their own lives and safety will they receive any mention. We have all seen those who received deferments or somehow escaped danger themselves calling for others to fight for them.  We will concentrate on those men and women who actually have experienced the horrors of war. Their stories and their thoughts.

Perhaps you may have heard of marine Major General Smedley Butler (1881-1940). He wrote a book with the title War is a Racket. Read these harrowing words:

“I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscleman for big business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American Fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated in three continents.”

Do you ever wonder why we are experiencing the spiritual pain associated with wars and violence? Sometimes you just want to yell out God please end this war insanity. Help us to end war and create the conditions for everlasting love, justice and peace on Earth. Please pray for this.

The words of Native American Chief Joseph upon surrender contain the real testimony from the heart of a human regarding the effects of conflict.  Feel the same feeling that Chief Joseph conveys in these words and you will never see war in the same way again.

He said:

“Tell General Howard I know his heart. What he told me before I have in my heart. I am tired of fighting. Our chiefs are killed, Looking-Glass is dead, Too-Hul-Hul Sote is dead. The old men are all dead. It is the young men who say yes or no. He who led on the young men is dead. It is cold, and we have no blankets; the little children are freezing to death. My people, some of them, have run away to the hills, and have no blankets, no food. No one knows where they are-perhaps freezing to death. I want to have time to look for my children, and see how many of them I can find. Maybe I shall find them among the dead. Hear me, my chiefs! I am tired; my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.”

The emotional state Chief Joseph was in when he spoke these words is the same emotional state that every human experiences after participating in war. We now understand what causes post traumatic stress syndrome. It is the direct result of the horrifying experiences that these brothers and sisters have when involved in military conflict. With the understanding of the suffering that our fellow humans experience because of war we must ask ourselves.

What type of insanity calls for more suffering? War is insanity.

American writer and editor Norman Cousins (1915-1990) said:

“War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace.”

Does it not give one hope for the future when one sees the thoughts of our fellow human brothers and sisters which point to such intelligence? The quotations allow us to share the thoughts of genius personalities past and present, without the requirement of actually being in their physical presence. How simple yet profound Norman Cousins’ words are here. The human mind can invent peace. Simple. Profound.

Our faith in the certain triumph of the human spirit is restored when we come across such intellectual depth and insight. English poet and critic John Dryden (1631-1700) stated a basic truth about the cause of war:

“War seldom enters but where wealth allures.”

Does not this thought equal that expressed in 1 Timothy 6:10:

“For the love of money is the root of all evil.”

The love of money. How much longer will some love money more than their fellow human family? Love it so much that they are willing to kill others in order to acquire it? Love it so much that they are willing to destroy everything in their way to get to it?

Love it so much that they are willing to sell their own souls to obtain it?

The artists have been asking these questions for a very long time. With the current, fortunate rising of consciousness on this Earth thank the Creator that these questions will not have to be asked anymore soon. We are going to get all of our questions answered.

It is our destiny.

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Peter Kater and R. Carlos Nakai “I Will Fight No More”