We all know what war is, but very few of us know what it really means, & I don’t claim to be one of them. But for me, it is a fascinating concept that we human beings can bring about so much death & destruction to the world, kill our own brothers, ravage entire nations & wipe out entire races on the pretext of war. So I decided to delve a little deeper into this subject due to my own interest.

War has been used for hundreds of thousands of years as a way of attaining a certain goal through the use of force. While some people see warfare as an inescapable and integral aspect of human culture, others argue that it is only inevitable under certain socio-cultural circumstances. But whatever the argument for war might be, it is never enough. There is always a heavy price to pay for a war, which is ultimately paid by all of humanity. Different nations who go to war give different reasons for it, but for the soldiers & common people who die in it, it does not matter what reason is given. Even if war is waged for a good cause, the ends seldom justify the means. War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy? So no single reason can be totally justified. Men are at war with each other because each man is at war with himself.

Naturally, the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship,
or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. All that is to be done is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country. And it is being done in all parts of the world for thousands of years.

Even the concept of victory in a war is misguided. Even if an army is victorious, it suffers a number of casualties, & even among those who are alive on the V-Day, are psychologically scarred for the rest of their lives. To win a war simply means that the victorious side has killed the most number of people, & that is hardly something to be proud of. The world is full enough of hurts and mischance without wars to multiply them.

It’s true that those who have not experienced war can’t even begin to imagine what it is like. We often say in our day to day discussions that war is the solution to many of our problems. “If a neighbouring country is creating problems, then just wage a war & get it over with.” is the general thinking among many. But such things are said without fully grasping the magnitude of the damages that are suffered during a war. The enormous psychological impact alone is enough to drive people to hopelessness. Other than that, the economic impact upsets the development process & pushes the country into economic turmoil. When the rich wage war, it’s the poor who die. War settles nothing. To win a war is as disastrous as to lose one.

But then there are some things that are more valuable than life itself. Freedom is one of them. Any war waged for freedom justifies itself, as living under the rule of some other power is not life at all, it is slavery. If the colonialized countries of the world sat quietly just because they valued the lives of their people, then
independence would never have been achieved in many parts of the world, & all those people would still have been slaves. War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

The appalling things that have been done in the name of war, from the ancient Roman Conquest wars in which the prisoners of war were crucified upon a stake, to the World War 2 when the SS on the command of Adolf Hitler, orchestrated mass murders of the European Jews, Poles & other minorities to such an extent that after the war was over 6 million European Jews were dead ( what is commonly termed as The Holocaust) & even continue to be done till this day ( like the Bosnian Genocide of 1995), poses a very important question: Will God ever forgive us for what we have done to each other?

One thing is for certain, that we have not seen the last war yet but whenever that happens, it will be a welcome day because at that time, the whole of humanity can finally come together as one to rebuild what has been destroyed, without the fear of everything being ravished by war once again. The rulers of the world have to understand that the mark of a great ruler is not in his ability to win wars but in his capability to achieve peace. Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.

Coz Life Is Too Short To Be Unhappy

When I say life is too short to be unhappy, some of you would argue that it is not so, that life is too long to even comprehend completely at any one time, but that’s where perspective comes in. It’s all a matter of our own thinking & perspective which makes our lives what they are. Contention in one’s life is the measure of its quality.

Abraham Lincoln has rightly said, “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” So the question arises, how can a life be really good? We all have the answer in our hearts but we’re not always ready to accept it. Every man dies sooner or later. But not every man really lives.

Contention in life comes from doing what makes us happy, & I mean really happy. So if you are doing something just because someone else wants you to, then it’s really not worth doing anyway. If you want to go out & play, then play. Wanna see the world, then do something about it instead of doing something you don’t love. Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways. To always be intending to live a new life, but never find time to set about it – this is as if a man should put off eating and drinking from one day to another till he be starved and destroyed. All the plans & plots of doing something are nothing until & unless you actually set out on the path.

We get one life to live, love and enjoy & we should do it to the fullest. There may be things in life that make us upset but the important thing is not to dwell too much on it & not to regret that which is already done, because what has happened can’t be changed. It is necessary to move forward & explore new horizons. Regret, sadness, fear, jealousy & sorrow won’t take us anywhere. The time lost in regrets is lost forever. Being unhappy about something we can’t change also stops us from enjoying the present, & that is not a way to live a life. And who can forget The Joker’s famous words: “Why so serioussssss?” So have some fun while there’s still time, who knows what will happen tomorrow.

So it’s better not to lose a large portion of our life in regrets about past things & to go ahead & realise our potential while staying positively happy with what we’re doing. What others think about anything should not be our concern at all. Let them think what they will; we’ve nothing to prove to them anyway. Who we are inside, that’s what matters. Nobody else can influence what we do or what we want to do, its our choices that make us who we are, & if the choices are not independent, then in my opinion, we lose our individual identity.

Its very easy to move in a flock, like sheep or goats, but its not FUN. And what’s the point in doing something that’s not fun. So take the path less travelled by, don’t care about what others will think or say, because its their job to hinder & ours is to overcome them & keep moving forward. We are meant to derive fun & happiness from what we’re doing. A person who always follows someone else’s advice or directions is no better than cattle. To preserve our identity, its important not to let somebody else influence our decisions.

The most joy is obtained when we embark on a journey to a difficult goal & then achieve it all by ourselves. & that satisfaction, that exhilarating feeling is what makes us human. To make a mark of his own, that should be the sole aim & goal of every individual who wishes to lead a contented life. Leading our lives not to impress somebody else, but to achieve the goals we have set for ourselves, that’s true freedom. The words, “I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” aptly describe how we should live our lives. After all life is an experiment, the more mistakes we do, the more we learn & the better results we’ll get in the end.

Don’t regret a single moment of your life as it is much shorter than we imagine it to be, & before we realize what’s going on, half of it is over. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. – Robert Frost