Harmony, War, Peace

Harmony is good, war is necessary, peace is delusion.

This stump is all that is left of my soul mate the "Castle Tree" that had survived lightning strikes but a storm last year killed it.  When it fell I gathered the last acorns about its fallen branches and planted them from which eight beautiful children are growing under my care. In nature there is no peace, just war, and out of war harmony.

This stump is all that is left of my soul mate the “Castle Tree” that had survived lightning strikes, but a storm last year killed it. When it fell I gathered the last acorns about its fallen branches and planted them, from which eight beautiful children are growing under my care. In nature there is no peace, just war, and out of war, harmony.

In a series of posts I am going to explore my viewpoint: harmony is ideal; war is natural and necessary; peace is bad and delusional.  This viewpoint is controversial whenever I raise it in either my own posts or comments on other people’s blogs because modern society has become conditioned to see war as bad and peace as good.  It is the causes of war, rather than the wild beast that is war which is the problem, since war is a force attempting to resolve two opposing points of view, an opposition that arises out of greed, the need to control and human hubris.

I was thinking about my initial post on this subject of harmony, war and peace last night in my tent, then a buzzing came into my ear, a mosquito.  I turned on my torch to begin battle with the mosquito and revealed in the darkness a huge spider that looked like the only venomous spider in Britain, called a false black widow watching above me.  I was not prepared to share my tent with this spider for health and safety reasons, so I went to a great deal of trouble to catch and then release the spider alive far from my tent.  I never found the mosquito.

Nature teaches you the hard way to fight and struggle.  By the nature of who we were the spider and I could not share the same space safely, so war was a natural and necessary outcome, peace was a delusion.  I fought the spider and captured it, there is a state of harmony when I let the spider go safely somewhere else.

Hippy universal love is an illusion in nature, for it will force you into situations to fight.  On another night there was a mosquito in my tent, one that by its nature wanted to harm me, and in that battle I killed it.  In caring for my oak saplings I face tough choices when caterpillars attack them: I could not let them kill my oak saplings; was it unfair to let the caterpillars starve to death or be the agent to allowing them to infect other trees?; could I risk giving them to the birds as food with the possibility they could navigate back to my oak saplings? I killed them. The screaming buzz of a hoverfly caught in a life-death battle with a spider next to me; I set my heart to stone; in matters that I have no direct involvement I do not play god; the life of one creature means the death of the other.  This is how it is in nature.

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13 responses to “Harmony, War, Peace

  1. I can’t readily put my finger on why I disagree with your definition of your conflict with the spider and the insect as war. War is all about power and control. Protecting yourself from an insect’s bite or sting is about personal health.

    • I agree Paul. We are human with the ability to think, reason and communicate. It is natural to protect our own but to kill for greed, power and to stroke egos is wrong. I understand the balance of the universe with war being the balancing principle to peace but killing and destroying life is wrong any way you look at it. Animals kill in the wild to sustain life that is their way. Humans can compromise and work together. War only encourages more powerful means of destruction until all that will be left are your acorn saplings.

      • You make a good point about “balancing principle.” In nature war is mitigated by animals using strategies that seek to avoid a fight, for instance animals employ lots of display colouring or behavior to warn off a rival. Most birds sing to advertise their territories to rivals.

      • Put so much better!

    • I hope further posts on this subject will shed light on my definition of war. Control does not exist in nature, in humanity control is about trying to maintain a fixed deterministic system, such control rejects the reality of nature that is non-linear and self organising.

  2. I share your dilemma of caterpillars. I have the same problem with my passion fruit vines, the caterpillar Gulf Fritillery destroy them, if I catch them and release them in the park they will just come back to the passion fruit; the only solution is delivering the coup de grace underfoot. They are very numerous and I hardly think that I will be their cause for extinction.

    AV

    • My position is that what I care for I shall fight for, and if I have to harm the attacker in defending my oak saplings for instance then that is how it must be. I agree with you, sometimes there is no effective strategy where all sides win in a conflict situation.

  3. Interesting perspective Alex – and in the wild, certainly I can see the need to overcome and potentially kill the enemy. Lions need meet to survive, elephants will protect their young to the death, attack the hive and the bees will attack you. Is there any distinction between people and the animal kingdom? Our ability to reason and debate and compromise is trumped by forces which we cannot control? These are thoughts that are first bubbling up after reading your post. I’m not sure I agree with you – I don’t think peace – between countries, people, etc – is a utopian distortion – while I also understand your point. More coffee.

  4. In discussing the topic of Harmony, War, and Peace, you have broadened my mind in a way that I had not thought before. Thank you for making me think outside the box on this topic. I may not agree with everthing you say I do agree with war in Nature. As you said, “Nature teaches you the hard way to fight and struggle. By the nature of who we were the spider and I could not share the same space safely, so war was a natural and necessary outcome, peace was a delusion. I fought the spider and captured it, there is a state of harmony when I let the spider go safely somewhere else.” In the end, you did not kill the spider you found it a new home so that both can be in harmony.

    The war that humans participate in does not have to be the violent kind where people’s lives are taken. That is unnecessary. Humans can still have wars but war of the words to come to a compromise and live in harmony.

    • Hi Frank, there is more articles to come on the subject of harmony, and how it relates to war. If war is considered a part of nature, then focus can be on working out how to navigate to a harmony in times of conflict, like I did with the spider, like the metaphorical ship in a stormy sea.

  5. I am pleased you lived to fight another day with the spider.. there have been some humongous ones in the allotments.. I was picking strawberries and a huge Wolf spider with his many very visible eyes was not amused I had rattled his strawberry bed!… I wore gloves the next time I picked LOL ( just in case his fangs came out! ) :-)

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