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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %HISTORIC RECORD WARS RESOLVE ROOT IDOLOGICAL DEVIL 031009 %CONFLICTS CONTENTION AFFIRMATIONS COMPLEMENTARY IT 031009 %INTEGRATIVE BENEFITS JUSTIFY VICTIM ATTACKS DEVILS 031009 %NON VIOLENT PEACEMAKING CONFLICT RESOLUTION GOOD 031009 %GRACIOUS GENEROUS THOUGHTFUL COMPASSION CIVILITY 031009 %COMPLEMENTARY VALUE IDEALS PRINCIPLES GODS FAILURE 031009 The historic record is pretty clear that wars have not themselves helped to resolve the root ideological and self/ego-centered conflicts which have lead the participants in the wars to prepare for, start and engage in wars. The "integrative" benefits of starting and participating in wars are certainly not great enough to retrospectively justify the starting of and the participation of the victims of wars. True peacemakers who founded the major respected religions have taught and practiced far more gracious, generous, thoughtful, compassionate, civil, hospitable, kind, gentle, reconciling, and healing ways of approaching conflicts between/among complementary values, ideals, principls and goals. About the only benefit of wars has been to demonstrate how tragically futile the methods of militarists are in attempting to truely resolve the unresolved conflicts which have lead to the beginnings of and tragic conclusions/consequences of wars. The "normal" human reactions to the threats, coercions, manipulations, dishonesty, pretentiousness, arrogance, self-righteousness and violence of domineering people who prepare for, start and participate in wars --- are: estrangement, alienation, anger, resentment, rage and plans to get revenge or to punish the initiators of such disintegrative actions. The "normal" human reactions are to thoughtlessly escalate the disintegrative patterns of behavior. It is unusual for humans to respond to such behaviors in ways which help the participants to truly cooperate in truly resolving the root conflicts among complementary: ideals, values, principles, goals, hopes and aspirations. It would be far more thoughtful and productive to start productive efforts very early; rather than very late! That is what true peacemakers do every day! Wars have demonstrated over and over that wars do NOT themselves focus attention upon efficiently promoting or facilitating: 1. Clear thinking, 2. Clarification of the nature of the root issues, 3. Clarification of the nature of evil, 4. Clarification of the nature of Love, 5. Civility, 6. Hospitality, 7. Generosity, 8. Compassion, 9. Active listening, 10. Open and honest dialogue. 11. Cooperation, 12. Colaboration, 13. Reconciliation, 14. Healing, 15. Personal integrations/integrities, 16. Communal integrations/integrities, 17. Resource conservation, 18. Improved communications, 19. Improvements in education, 20. Improvements in health care. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================