Evergreene Digest: Addicted To War – The 12 Step Solution

  • Love, tolerance, and service to our fellow man are the hallmarks of 12 Step fellowships, and these principles can and will free us from the bondage of man’s selfish, self-centered, and addictive behaviors if we want that freedom badly enough.
  • What else do you have?

Johnny F, Peace Anonymous

Monday, 12 May 2014 | 12 Step programs are recognized as the world’s most effective tools in dealing with addictions. Why would  the Steps not work for man’s addiction to war? Well meaning peace organizations and anti-war groups don’t often talk of America’s obvious addiction to war. Perhaps it is because they don’t understand the realm of addiction or perhaps they don’t understand the solution. But rooted in the ego our leaders have developed a bottomless hole they can never fill up and I understand that feeling implicitly.

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Mankind has no “natural” enemies. We are not born with an instinctive desire to kill our neighbors. The spiritual malady to do harm to others is a learned behavior. and American President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us of that when discussing the U.S. Military Industrial Complex stating, “We create enemies so there is someone to buy our bombs.” Today we know, beyond all doubt, political and corporate leaders do “create” enemies, in order to “create” war. Corporations profit in billions by selling weapons and, as a result of invasions, gain control of the “enemies” natural resources, primarily oil and drugs. The evidence indicates the more unstable and damaging the world is for the global community, the more profitable it is for the few who profit from war. Do we really want those who profit from war involved in the decision making process of going to war?

Johnny F: Recovering alcoholic, former oil industry employee and current peace activist

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