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Why Do Humans Argue and Why Are There Wars?

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Difficult Question

Why do humans argue? Why are there wars? Those are difficult questions to answer, because the subjects are very complex. Or, are they? I have given this a lot of thought over the last few months and, by delving into the thoughts of my mentor, found a simple answer that makes sense to me spiritually and intellectually.

Nature

Albert Einstein was a theoretical physicist. I often quote one of his very wise statements.

"Look deep into nature ..."

What does Einstein's quote have to do with why we argue and why there are wars? This is where I find the simple answers.

Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.

— Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein, a Brilliant man

Albert Einstein during a lecture in Vienna in 1921

Albert Einstein during a lecture in Vienna in 1921

Animal World

Look into the animal world. There is a proud lion relaxing and watching over his pride. Suddenly another male lion comes into the scene looking to claim territory and a following.

Instantly the relaxed lion is alert and stands to defend his pride and territory. He faces the challenger with a threatening stance and a warning growl.

Sometimes this will be enough to make the newcomer rethink his idea, thus he may back up and leave. Often, the challenger will stand, growl back to show his determination and intention. At that point a vicious fight will ensue, with the most wounded lion retreating, or in the case of a fatal outcome and one dies, there is a victor.

Knowing they might lose, or even die, why do the lions not just avoid the situation? It is because they feel the need to protect what is theirs. They both believe they are in the right. And there we have it - belief. They will defend their belief to the death if necessary.

Defender and Challenger

Beliefs

Humans also defend their beliefs and will argue till they win, or are proved wrong, or just walk away with the thought that it is not worth it. In the last case, nothing is solved and thoughts may turn to anger and eventually another argument.

We all have a belief system. Beliefs separate us from each other. I tell people, "I am a free spirit. I believe in God, not religion. I do not worship in a church or temple. I meditate and commune with God or my inner self in nature. Does that not separate me from those who are Christians or some other religions? It does. It isolates me from some friends. Will I argue about it, because it is my belief system?

I used to adamantly defend my belief and my right to my own thoughts when someone called me foolish or disagreed with me. That really did not solve anything. I have since learned to just calmly accept myself for who I am and embrace my beliefs. I learned from my mentor and from nature to come from love, for myself and all life forms. I accept the fact that others have just as much right as I do to have their own belief system. I will not try to convert anyone and not argue with those who want to convert me. To find peace with my truths within myself, makes it so much easier to let others find their own peace and truths.

But, what about wars in this world? Is it possible to solve differences of belief and come to a peaceful solution?

Meditation in Nature

Mountain, Meditation, Nature

Mountain, Meditation, Nature

War

Based on history and what is going on in the world today, it does not seem possible to prevent wars. Since time immemorial, humanity has had the primordial instinct to defend their territory and beliefs. Humans have always had that animal instinct to fight for their territory and beliefs.

It is not an easy task to stop or prevent wars.

The only way to prevent wars, in my humble opinion, is for world leaders to sit down and discuss the issues with their highest priority being peace. For that to happen the world leaders would have to be coming from love and respect - love and respect for their self, their people, and for each other.

A world of peace cannot be achieved in any other way. Is that thought a delusion, a fantasy? Maybe, but it is possible. With love, compassion, kindness, and forgiveness, anything is possible. Peace starts within one's self.

It is the nature of the human mind to defend and argue. Is there not a better way?

I would like to know your thoughts on this, dear readers.

Nature of the Mind, skip to 15:03 to hear the Dalai Lama

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