War Never ChangesSince the beginning, when the very first humans discovered the power of death, blood has been shed in the name of religion, justice, and emotion. The horrors of war throughout history have constantly exceeded limits to extremities never thought possible by humankind. These points of extreme have been transcended habitually throughout human history, from the Spanish’s cold-blooded conquering of the Aztec Empire in the 16th century, to the Nazi regime mercilessly slaughtering millions of innocent men, women and children in the 1940s.
If there is anything that has remained consistent since of the dawn of man, it is warfare. While technology evolves, reasoning changes, and methods of bloodshed grow incredibly efficient, the fundamentals of warfare stay the same, there are winners, losers, and terrifying consequences that are doomed to be reaped again. Humans will always find reasons to kill one another, as Albert Einstein put it, “As long as there are men, there will be war.” Literature experts worldwide, including the “Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology”, consider Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s poem, “In Memoriam A.H.
H.” to be one of the great works of the 19th century. Alfred coins a phrase that represents a truth about the character of earth, “Tho Nature, red in tooth and claw” (Tennyson). This quote accurately symbolizes a truth of life on earth, nature must shed blood, from the beasts that rip apart their prey for a meal to simple venus fly traps, in the end, we are left with an assessment that it is in nature, to kill. It may be conclusive, and history will prove that, nature is human nature, therefore humans are hardwired, somewhere in our DNA, to shed blood.
Killing, while not necessary for man, is a large part of the way humankind, and many of earth’s species, have evolved. Many of the billions on the earth are willing to extend hands of kindness, and wish nothing more than to live and let live. However with billions of people on the planet, there is no doubt it is unavoidable for a fraction of them to give into a horrifying, violent temptation that is the result of the way nature has created us. The desire to act violently or hate filled, for whatever reason justified or not, is apart of nature. Nature is hardwired, nature is unavoidable, therefore violence, on any scale including war, is also unavoidable. Violence takes place every single day in every corner of the world, human nature permits it.
Mankind has inherited a will for conflict in our existence. From the peak civilizations to the rusted slums of the world, one thing that they will always have in common, is war. To paraphrase the Greek philosopher Plato, it is in our very nature that men will always regard the same things, but some will see these things as just and others unjust, human nature flows with conflict. A natural xenophobia is present in all of us, or fear of those of other civilizations, this fear is a result of evolution and natural instinct.
This fear of those not familiar to us, sparks emotion, and emotion is inescapable, and perhaps combined with nature, is the most motivating force that could drive mankind to inconceivable acts of evil and violence. Conflicting ideologies, besides the lust for power or gold, is the most common cause of war. It is impossible for all men to see the same things in the same way. Interpretation and understanding of an idea, can be taken many ways, and many wars have been fought over conflicting ideas. This regard for issues can be traced to wars fought over religion and wars fought over politics, from the Crusades to the American Civil War, conflicting ideas lead to bloodshed. Because some men see things as just and other see the same thing as unjust, it is impossible to avoid a conflict of interest in regard to anything from slavery to religion simply because the true nature of anything cannot be determined regardless of belief. It is not possible to know what is truly good or what is truly bad, in order to convince those in disagreement, blood is shed and ideas take a closer step to universal agreement when the victor writes history. It is likely that if the south had won the American Civil War, and slavery was present in the modern United States, contradictory to current widespread belief, slavery would most likely be accepted as just.
Ideologies may never line up in the minds of men, therefore violence will follow as this will yield a winner and loser, and the winner gets to be right. Social order and infrastructure failure, economic collapse, mass destruction, death; these are all consequences of armed conflict, yet despite the horrible aftermath of war, it keeps coming back into history. No matter the terrifying results of war, wars continue to be fought, and people continue to die every single day as a result.
History is truly doomed to repeat itself no matter the consequences that continue result. Humankind is and always will be in a state of reiteration as the echos of the past are heard in the future. More war is to come, regardless of human advancement, because the fundamentals that violence is built on, is inescapable. The human race knows the horrors of war, yet continues to wage it. This alone proves that war really is inevitable, and war really does never change, the fundamentals stay the same, and the consequences don’t lead to action, just repetition. In conclusion, war is an unavoidable result of human nature that despite the understanding mankind has for it, will continue to damage the world. Emotion, nature, and conflicting ideas lead to devastating acts of violence that reap consequences that last centuries.
Emotion is ingrained in the very existence of life and sparks action with undefined results. The natural redness of nature is undeniable and in every living thing. Man will agree, or determine truth. Human advancement goes on, however war stays the same.