During Turbulent Times of War

During times of war, every single person is affected. Whether there are two countries fighting each other, or a nation having a war internally, war consumes everyone’s life in different ways. Today, I want to expound on this topic: of war. It’s a dirty word, marked with the countless stains of past blood and present sorrows. It’s an experience that nobody likes to acknowledge, but everyone knows it exists. Whether we try to ignore it, or bring light to it, it never gets better. But the one thing I realized is the ultimate truth of war, is that it begins with a lie.

Somewhere down the line, there is a misunderstanding, or a desire for greed.

This is summarily how a war begins at the very core of its origin. Whether you wish to accept this as fact is a personal question you must ask yourself. But the fact of the matter is that our realities are shaped by this unfortunate event.

In particular, I want you to imagine for a moment a small town in the middle of a peaceful nation. Imagine what the lives of these people must have been like before war even touches their lives. I’m not asking you to sympathize, what I’m trying to get you to imagine is the scenario. Once you do, you will better understand what I’m trying to express.

In this little town, there are all sorts of different people with their own unique personalities. For the most part, everyone gets along and actually enjoys each other’s company at times. These people are humble and aren’t subjected to such injustice or cruelty. Of course, they are likely resentful towards any taxes they must pay to their siphoning government which insists that all the money is going towards programs of public interest. Of course, not every day is a good day. But overall, everyone gets along and has no major complaints which warrant a coup d’état. So naturally, these people have no real reason to truly hate each other or even those who rule over their lives.

That is, until a neighboring nation invades their homeland. Or even their own country imploding, politically, from the inside-out.

The people begin to hear word of discord on bordering lines, they begin to hear whispers of terrible and tragic fates. This is just the start of the hard days to come.

Once, everyone understood one another and understood how to be a part of a community. But now, slowly but surely, everyone begins to panic silently. Their unvoiced fears begin to crawl through their heart and take over their mind. This is the next stage of what happens to a once normal and unhindered people.

As time progresses more, the people begin to see signs of this war which looms ever the closer. They begin to hear the sounds of distant mayhem, the sound of inhumane suffering. This is when the people begin to either stand as one, or fall apart at the seams, and turn against one another. This is the major turning point in any war; for the innocent people caught in the crosshairs of such turbulent times.

Ideally, it would make sense for the outcome to be the same every time. People in a town, or even city, should always come together and unite as a front against whatever injustice slithers its way towards their community. But, as life has shown us, sometimes this isn’t the case.

When this isn’t the case, that is when the lives of people truly change for the worse. People lose something inside of themselves. They lose their humanity. They become savages, understandably afraid of the world and weary of anything that opposes them in any form possible. We must understand, as a people, that this is the harsh reality of war sometimes. Sometimes, there are no heroes. There are no true or honest saviors who have the best intentions of these poor humans subjected now to such crueler fates.

The unfortunate truth of most wars, is that the mass majority of a society may never truly know what caused it. They may be oblivious to the fact that greed, from those who are in the positions of power, got the better of their leaders. Perhaps it was resources which inspired a nation to go into another foreign country. Or, perhaps it was to gain new territory for an empire. Either way, the people during any wartime are likely feed partial truths with the coupling of partial lies. This kind of façade confuses and off-puts truth seekers from actually finding the real reason as to what caused a war to begin with.

But not all hope is lost.

During these times of war, this is when men and women become tested. They become tempered and aware of their environment and of the true realities of the world – for both its horrors, and shockingly also, for its beauties as well. This is when people begin to realize what life is like at its most basic level, such insight surely makes a people the wiser and more willing to admit to the harsher side of life in the world. Of course, like before, people can react to this internal change in one of two manners. They can either grow and become stronger from this devastating experience, or, they can close-up inside and discard the entire world from their minds and from their hearts. But either way, the experience of war has changed them whether they want to admit this or not.

War affects us all to some level in the modern day world. We have, at some point, heard of atrocities unthinkable and of horrible acts of cruelty which dismantle our very perception of “other” people outside of our own comfort zones. But the truth of the matter is simple; it all goes back to what I once stated before.

Somewhere down the line, there is a misunderstanding, or a desire for greed.

Forever in Your Debt,

R.S. Noel

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