Our culture is dedicated to, devoted to, and addicted to war. War is a huge moneymaker, from weapons and the military complex, all the way to the computer war games kids and adults play. All of this activity refers to the ancient reptilian part of the brain, the most ancient part of our evolving brains, that is 500 million years old. This behavior is clearly un-evolved.
We are addicted to war and our unwillingness to look at the consequences, the tremendous cost and the price of not only human life, but the quality of life that effects everyone. US military budget for 2010 was the highest in the world at $687,105,000,000. Second was China with a budget of $114,300,000,000. Can you imagine how different the world would be if that money went to eradicate hunger, provide better health care, housing, and good water?
Plus there are the consequences of war, the soldiers who return with post traumatic stress disorder, many who are traumatized for the rest of their lives, the soldiers contaminated with Agent Orange and other types of chemical warfare, who not only suffer in their own bodies, but also pass their neurological and chemical disorders on to their children.
“Veterans from the Vietnam War had trouble convincing people they were really sick from something unknown, and now, unbelievably, Gulf War veterans are having to fight that very same battle! It was finally discovered that most Vietnam illnesses were due to a mixture of herbicides, contaminated with dioxin, the most notable of which was called Agent Orange. Gulf War illness symptoms have included memory loss, balance disturbances, sleep disorders, depression, exhaustion, body pain, chronic diarrhea and concentration problems.”
I am shocked that we continue to let this take place. Today searching for keywords on the Internet, I found all the war games that kids play and spend a fortune on. Somehow the parents don’t quite get that this is perpetuating war, violence and abuse. Military software simulations, or war games, are top sellers in the software game industry. “More importantly, the creation of games like these is war profiteering; the same profiteering that Blackwater, civilian contractors, and companies that produce ACU backpacks for school children participate in.”
The time spend playing computer war games, the money spent to purchase the games and the loss of brainpower is staggering. The average time spent gaming is on the rise to about 13 hours per week. According to the survey, the “extreme gamer” classification saw its weekly average hours spent playing games rise from nearly 40 to more than 48 hours. All of this leads to more addiction to war and violence.
Until you start to look at and change the war within your own body, mind and nervous system, you are contributing to this growing addiction to war. It is a turn on. People get off on the violence and the killing – it’s a sexual rush. In the movie Patton, George C Scott stops by the side of the road and proclaims with fervent emotion, “I love war! God help me I do love it so. I love it more than my life.”
All of this is wired in your nervous system. You can take control and change it, or not. It is all lurking under the surface in your subconscious and you can change that, or not.
We are at a critical tipping point, where we can continue to kill ourselves, continue the massive violence and abuse, or we can start to change our thinking, shift our nervous systems and transform our brains.
What are you going to do?
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