I have a theory that most wars ultimately happen because there are a few powerful old men who can’t let go of ideas that lack application in the new world. I also suspect most kids don’t have any idea about why many of the ideas of these old powerful men are important to their own lives. When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested to one of these men recently that this is not an era for wars, he summarised my sentiment.
I admit to being idealistic and naive. For that reason I believe most people want to get on. I have traveled the world extensively and have always felt comfortable in the thirty odd countries to which I have traveled. People have shown me the right road, offered me a lift or taken me into their home. They willingly chat at bars, cafes and street corners.
I am not quite sure why these old powerful men often want to relive days of disharmony and place so much misery and division on others. I theorise sometimes it’s a psycho-hormonal condition. Do something horrific and leave your ‘power stains’ on the sheets of the world. Probably a more acceptable argument is that they obsess over some past ‘wrong’ that needs to be ‘fixed’. Whatever it is they cause intolerable suffering for so many.
Of course vulnerable people often can’t help but allow these men to to hold power. They are convinced that their own food and shelter is dependent on these powerful beings holding power.
So these are my ‘silly’ unsubstantiated views. Just a theory. It’s just an opinion. However, one last thought. Isn’t it funny how these old powerful men are all filthy rich and the vast majority of their constituents have to live simple lives so that they look big and everyone else looks small. Entrepreneurship is for a small few but not open to those who have a dream and want to make it happen.
The world is a funny place right now. On the one hand you have these few powerful old fellows causing chaos and misery for so many. On the other hand you have elite idealists who obstruct the rights of others to think for themselves by cancelling historic rituals and facts for their own beliefs. But that is a rant for another day.
Whatever happened to live and let live?