Of late, I have been reading about the causes and indicators related to why people/countries engage in war and/or peace. There are theories that point to economics, governance, population age, gender balance, resources and religion/ideology as root causes. We do know that a mix of all these play a part. There are other elements that rarely get discussed which are; stupidity, insanity, intolerance and to put it very simple – some people are assholes. Human trafficking is one such example of such behaviour. It takes an evil piece of work to enslave another to a lifetime of hell for monetary gain. However, human trafficking is a thriving business.
In my holistic understanding of the world I know that I contribute to the continuation of such practices. I am alive therefore everything that transpires in this world I am a part of. Moreover, I understand that I am in a relationship with everyone else that is also alive, whether I know that person or not. We are all here at this moment and that is reality.
In that context I often think of the hell a 14 year old girl has lived in the past five years locked in a cell only to be used as a prostitute? What causes us to act so horribly to a nine year old? This is the very base of individual impact that war/hell has on the world. Going one step up we have the gang/organized crime element.
In this network we see elements of ethics beginning. The transactions of money and “goods” takes place because of the trust each side has. People have to work together for the operation to run, this takes a strong need for common benefit. All the while the operation is destroying the greater peace, which in turn destroys the common benefit of the entire world. Do you see the hypocrisy? When you live in such a world you must rule with fear because logic, justice, compassion and humanity are dead.
Going one more step higher we get to world organizations and governments. In this step we can add religions/ideological groups. Violence that is brought about in the name of god, country, or whatever can be a murky area. Sometimes these groups must defend against attacks. However, there are some wars that have raged on for centuries and no one knows exactly why, other than it began due to a fear of the other. Fear only works on the weak and even then the weak can grow tired, then realize they out-number the rulers. This scenario has been going on between Christians and Islam for two thousand years and still going. It is taking place in Mexico with the drug wars. It is taking place now in Syria and other areas.
Every country has signed onto the Declaration of Human Rights that belong the United Nations. Still we have member nations killing another because they believe/think differently. While they kill each other on battle fields they turn around and defend their actions in terms of self- preservation. I am sure the person that locked up the nine year girl would use the same argument.