February 23, 2007 at 2:13 pm (politics/law/economy)

People like to blame war on religion, race, and culture. In reality war is caused by money. War occurs when the cost to kill your neighbour is cheaper than the cost to buy what you want from them.

Are there really inalienable rights that human beings have? If you do not have the money to defend your freedom, does it really deserve to be yours? If we define money as value, then if you provide little value to your society do you deserve to exist at the expense of taking away value from other cultures?

Society often defines “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” as inalienable rights. That is fine, but if you ask 100 random people accross the world you will get 100 different definitions for life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.

Is driving your pick up truck considered a liberty and pursuit of happiness when the cost to get the oil includes so much damage to the environment and bloodshed? These inalienable rights are open-ended generalizations that only have meaning to the culture defining them.

To understand the cause of war we need to calculate the expense of a life. Again it goes back to money. The cost depends on your ability to defend what you have that is valuable to others. If you own nothing of value, then no one is going to bother you. Think of a cow. Most of us do not think twice about the enormous pain and suffering we have put dozens (hundreds?) of cows through only because they provide value. Since the cow can not defend it’s own value, it is killed and consumed.

The same extension applies to humans. Those cultures that provide value to others, like mid-east, have to be able to defend themselves . Otherwise human beings do not think twice about committing genocide so they can continue their “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. If you and I don’t have “feelings” for cows, why should we have feelings for humans that cause us more harm by not allowing us to be free? In fact people often feel more anger for humans since they are capable of reason, but do not use it. It’s not the cows fault it had to be killed, but it is the human’s fault for being killed.

I do not know who is right or wrong, but these are just some ideas you won’t ever hear on TV, but really explain the heart of the matter. Freedom is all in the eye of the beholder. To put it another way, “One man’s genocide is another man’s freedom fight “.

It’s conclusion, everything is relative and needs to be judged from the perspective of those it affects. Those with more money (value) will always control those with less value. This is a fact that history has taught us for thousands of years.


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