What’s So Civil About War Anyway?

E x t e n d e d R e a c h P r o d u c t i o n s

p r e s e n t s . . .

What we’ve got here is…failure to communicate.

Strother Martin, Cool Hand Luke

Some men, you just can’t reach. 

So, you get what we had here, last week.

Which is the way he wants it

well, he gets it.

I don’t like this any more than you men.

What’s so civil about war, anyways?

Look at your young men fighting


Look at your women crying


Look at your young men dying


The Way They’ve Always Done Before

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 in the holy name of liberty or democracy?

Mahatma Gandhi

Residents of Kyiv with Sich Battalion volunteers on 26 August 2014

Look at the hate we’re breeding

Look at the fear we’re feeding

Look at the lives we’re leading

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The Way We’ve Always Done Before

From Britannica.com:

Did I miss any?

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While that is an extensive list I’m sure more than a few were left out. If you know of any then please, feel free to let me know. After all, we are searching for the truth. History has a way of letting events fade into the fog of uncertainty while others are given the spotlight and a promise of eternity.

What I’m wondering is who’s holding the spotlight?

And whether we need to make an adjustment.

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And history hides the lies of our civil wars

Without doing a deep dive into any event in particular, my biggest takeaway from that list was that we Humans have been at war for a long time. War has paved the way for Humanity to release their primal instincts and tear down our future’s past revealing our present state. War is an ill effect of mankind accompanied with symptoms of death, destruction and demise. We, as a species, need to take a step back and reevaluate what we are doing. And work together for a better future.

Fast forward to 2022. Ukraine’s still fighting for their freedom. The world watches but hesitates to aid them. And Russia continues to advance.

Taiwan waits in silence. China watches the progress. The world holds their breath in protest and I continue to digress.

What can we do?

First, education must be key. We must teach one another about life, compassion and the perils of war. We must enlighten ourselves to more efficient means of altering the streamline than picking up a weapon of choice and bludgeoning our enemy. Shouldn’t peace have a chance? Shouldn’t we find a way to work together towards common goals? With different cultures and beliefs I can understand the obstacles however we should take advantage of the fact that we still have time to make a difference. Right now, our biggest obstacle is ourselves. While novel viruses have managed to distract us, we still continue to let our primitive thinking to take over.

It’s almost as if Humankind needs a common enemy.

Pray tell we don’t get that anytime soon. While we’re fighting amongst ourselves we still have an opportunity to change. Given a common threat that pushes us from the top of the chain would be catastrophic.

We don’t have that yet, but we will. It’s only a matter of time before someone responds to our inter-galactic air drop of the movie “The Day The Earth Stood Still” beamed out to local residents of Alpha Centauri in December of 2008.

Maybe they’ll just stand on the corner of the intersection of Woodhaven Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue in the Woodhaven section of Queens to protest our portrayal of other beings visiting Earth.

Or maybe they’ll blast us from the heavens and take care of all of our differences. Either way, know that there are greater things at stake and we need to figure out our differences fast.

What Can You Do To Make A Difference?


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