Moral Equivalent Of War Analysis

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The Unavoidable Occurrence War is something that we see almost every day of our lives. Sometimes it is the kind of warfare that is seen in the movies with tanks, planes, machine guns and bombs. A hero in the armed forces, blazing his way through the enemy lines in order to complete his mission. This is typically what comes to mind when someone mentions the word “war.” What many people do not see, is that the meaning of that word is much greater than guns and planes. War is a state of conflict between different groups or nations. This can be groups of coworkers who do not like each other and are in conflict, or two groups of school kids who disagree about something on the playground and end up in a fight. Sports are another good example of …show more content…
It is almost as if we enjoy disagreeing with each other more than we do cooperating with each other. Although one psychologist, William James, wrote “The Moral Equivalent of War” in 1910. This was an essay in which he stated that on a social level, war brings our society together and gives us a sense of unity against a common threat. He said that wars inspire both soldiers and citizens to behave honorably and unselfishly for the greater of their country or the world. Basically, he is saying that in order for a society to be healthy and cooperate together, they need warfare to make it happen. Genuine unity requires people to be at war both literally and figuratively at war. Say someone is having financial troubles, and cannot afford to even buy food. They are figuratively at war with their monetary struggles. They have many friends, but the one friend that steps up and gives them money to buy food with and survive on, that is the friend that they are going to be most loyal to. It gives the sense of unification that human beings seek, so therefore it is going to continue occurring …show more content…
Oftentimes, whatever book or reading that an organized belief system goes by, will advocate the destruction of other groups who do not believe the same if they will not convert to their way of believing. Throughout the history of human existence, this has been a frequent cause of conflict between countries and groups. One such example that is more recent is the Islamic Wars in the Middle East. There are Islamic extremists in the region, such as Al Quaeda and ISIS who believe that Islam is the only correct religion. Even though the Quran, the Muslim holy book, clearly speaks against the instigating or starting of wars, those groups continue to start violent conflicts with those who are not Muslims and those from the Western world. They believe that the Western way of life is incorrect, so in order to solve the problem they seek to kill and destroy those from the Western world. Killing is viewed as the only solution. Unless people all suddenly decide to live together on Earth and accept each other’s beliefs, it will continue to be viewed as the only solution by those extremist groups. War will continue, as it always has

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