Books by A.O. Kime
"Metaphysical realities in America's politically-challenged democracy"
"A sagacious accounting of the Stone Age and the beginnings of civilization"
U.S. colleges and trade schools
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A.O. Kime Articles:
Shoofly Village ruins
Stone Age history
Stone Age timelines
Stone Age tools
Dynamics of now
Evil (nature of)
Gift of life
Light (nature of)
Time (nature of)
Curse of science
Int'l Criminal Court
Rule of law
(5th edition - Nov 2010) by A.O. Kime
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There has been much written about the various wars - from the days of the ancient Greek historian Herodotus until modern times - but as if a deep dark secret… man’s propensity for war is barely touched upon. It's not just his propensity for war that's ignored either, but nearly the whole affair from top to bottom. Whether it was about the American Civil War, World War I or World War II, or the highlights such as Gettysburg, trench-warfare or the D-Day invasion... that got the press, the nature of war didn't.
Although it is common knowledge humans often wage war - so it 'goes without saying' - that isn't a good reason to ignore the subject. Of course, the nature of war has many aspects but only a few have been adequately addressed. Most notably missing are the unspeakable horrors, the insanity and the decision-making processes. But that's still not the half of it.
While historians chronicle the details of a war such as who won, the major battles, the generals and the toll in lives and destruction, these particulars are only part of the story. Although we know historians do, in fact, cite causes too, it's been evident over the ages they're instructed to cite the reasons for war as the powers-that-be would have it.
Of course some things should remain unspeakable (gory details of a death) but depending on the latitude afforded, it can amount to delusion... a masking of the horrors of war. Forbidding photographs of returning coffins is one example. It can create as much delusion about the war as political excuses. Covering up as much as possible is like putting lipstick on a pig.
But before getting into the unspoken insanity, let's get more specific about the cited reasons for war. We can probably safely assume historical truths are always slanted to favor the victors, especially if the victors are still around. If it concerned a war between two countries which no longer exist, then we might know the truth. In other words, if it concerned America, England, France or Russia of late, we can assume many truths are still hidden. Sometimes truths can remain hidden for centuries... just as sure as ideological failures are swept under the rug. Also, some revelations don't surface until everyone involved is dead or, as is the case within America, secret documents can remain secret (legally) for up to 75 years.
While the victors can’t control what is written about their wars in other countries, foreign history books are effectively banned because they wouldn't tell the same story. Not even allies would have an exchange program because their perspectives would be quite different... like who were the real heroes for example.
Of World War II. there are probably dozens of versions worldwide, including a Japanese, German and Italian version. For these three countries however, due to their unconditional surrender it is probably mandated they be 'politically correct' in their assessments.
But what's really glaringly odd are the unspoken truths... as if candidness and a civilized society are incompatible. For example, the horrors of war and the associated insanities have been rendered unspeakable mainly because they threaten the established way of 'doing business'. Also, the detailed horrors of war, if revealed or spoken of, would threaten the revered status of 'glory'. The insanities, if known or spoken of, would make all the participants look like idiots. This would threaten the ability to promote wars.
The reason governments perpetuate the ancient practice of glorifying the heroic acts of war - with notoriety and medals - goes unaddressed as well. Of course, they're glorified to keep a supply of eager recruits on hand... but being a forbidden admission for centuries.
While we all know a military is necessary in order to protect one’s country - a standing army being perfectly sound reasoning and logical throughout - but even in the best interests of freedom war doesn't jive with 'civilized'. From a civilized standpoint war is irrational and insane. Yet, it is invariably rationalized by what is left unsaid. As an analogy, there can be discussions concerning an insane asylum such as adding more staff without addressing the insanity within. It's the same thing occurring with war. Amidst madness, it's as if sanity exists within an inner bubble. When it comes to reporting on the events of war, attention is paid only to the logical atmosphere within this bubble. In other words, inside this bubble are the facts and figures (reconcilable) whereas outside is the insanity and related moral questions (irreconcilable and thus indefensible from a civilized standpoint).
The reason for avoidance is usually the same... it's because the acts of war (insanity) can't be justified in a way that makes 'civilized sense'. For a reporter or historian, it's like trying to write a sensible report on the ravings of a madman. Only the purpose for the war might make civilized sense (say, to preserve freedom), but not the acts of killing.
The act of killing flies in the face of civilization (as an ideal) where it is deemed unjust and immoral. And likewise within religious circles. While killing may often be necessary, nonetheless to allow it is an aberration to the civilized way of thinking and therefore effectively insane.
Of course, under a regime of anarchy war and killing can be logically defended as 'natural' where anything goes. To the anarchists - which deep down means all of us - the horrors of war can be rationally explained but instead governments try to make warfare look civilized by covering up (or ignoring) as many facets as possible. Anarchy is the natural state, after all, civilization (as an ideal) is just the veneer. It should be publicly admitted... a war zone is anarchy. We should also admit anarchy is civilization's fallback point... that we can always count on anarchy to come to the rescue. If admitted, then perhaps war can be spoken of more openly... we shouldn't act like the horror and screams of terror don't exist.
For whatever reason a war is fought, it is nearly impossible for citizens not to be proud of their soldiers however. Yet pride is what helps weave this web of madness. So does glory. It's easy to get caught up in the glory though... such as the naval battle at Midway (WW II) or most Civil War battles. They were magnificent.
Magnificent? But how is this possible knowing thousands were killed, maimed or suffered excruciating pain? Did we misplace the horror these men endured? Is it unspeakable? Or is our bloodlust unspeakable?
Whether primordial (inherently human) or evil, bloodlust will always exist but it's difficult to confront because it doesn't fit anywhere within a civilized mindset. But for most of us, through movies, documentaries and war footage, it's mostly the 'observer type' of bloodlust. The other two types dwell within those who like to kill or like to order it done for gratification... as megalomaniacs often do.
Of far more import, this 'habit of ignoring' also applies to Congress. When the truth goes 'unsaid' it creates false impressions and leaves the public uninformed. For example, the gratification and perks from holding office must hold some personal importance... but how much? As it is, the extent goes unsaid. Or, more dangerously, going unsaid is the gratification one gets from changing the course of history. To this end, some might even develop an itching for a legacy-making war. Without these things out in the open - commonly discussed - we don't know the real motives congressmen have for wanting to hold office.
Yet, the gratification and perks must hold enormous importance... we've all witnessed the extent most congressmen will go to hold office. They'll spend millions to get re-elected and will say anything to discredit their opponent. Often they'll stretch the truth so far that there're downright lies. If the wellbeing of America was their first concern shouldn't they tell their constituents that "I'm for this and that but vote for whoever you think is the best man for America"?
Sadly, it isn't the case... it's all about 'me'. The connotations of this disgusting modus operandi in American politics goes unsaid as well. By simple referring to the components as 'negative ads' or 'dirty politics' falls short. Nobody in Washington wants to call it a 'corrupted system'. Adjectives may fly but they rarely hit the target.
While the danger of leaders being in office too long has been recognized for ages, seldom expanded upon are the potential psychological aspects... call it power lust or the infliction of megalomania. Of course, if one leader was to accuse another, all are potentially exposed and the reason for the official silence. Megalomania is psychologically classified as a 'delusional' mental disorder but it is actually pure wickedness (evil).
Although perhaps beyond the scope of scientific abilities today, neither is it commonly said we should have a system to determine wickedness (beforehand). Also unsaid is that controlling the fate of millions is the ultimate 'high'. It must be true... why else the willingness to pay any price for control? Megalomaniacs are simply willing to pay whatever it takes... even it it means wholesale bloodshed and putting the country in peril.
The unwillingness to expose the unsaid is pretence... and there is nothing innocent about it when comes to leadership and war. Lest we sink further into the abyss, it must no longer be tolerated. After all, it shouldn't take a genius to recognize official pretence and hypocrisy are responsible for most ills of society... primarily substance abuse. This, of course, also goes unsaid.
Since one can't get a handle on reality in light of the unspeakable - which causes to obfuscate and delude - it shouldn't be an aspect of a civilized people. After all, pretence and hypocrisy are saboteurs.
While many things can 'go without saying' in our daily lives, it shouldn't be the case in politics and war. Whenever these sad truths go without saying, then it also goes without saying we're living in world of make-believe and guesswork.
Last modified: 03/07/16