WAR

WAR AND PEACE
War plagues us, and peace eludes us, because we overlook the link between war and sickness. War and sickness are inseparable, just as peace and health are inseparable. In order to promote peace and health, we must first cure the pandemic of dehydration, malnutrition, and addiction, all of which create frustration, anger, and violence, and ultimately lead to war.

WHAT IS WAR?
Promoting ploys with deployment, bombs with enjoyment, and boys with interment, war is a tormented, demented metaphor and euphemism for fraud, linking domestic debenture with foreign adventure. Unwanted and unwarranted, but wildly cheered by profiteers, war is a hyped-up, hopeless trope imperiled and bedeviled by deadly medleys of screams and tears with corpses and caskets.

WAR AS METAPHOR
War has become a popular, but unfortunate, metaphor and euphemism for society’s social failures. The “wars” on drugs, illiteracy, and poverty have all been lost, and the "war" on terrorism seems endless. Since war connotes conflict, violence, and death, we should dispense with this malevolent metaphor, and instead find beneficent metaphors that are more conducive to peace and health. Words have power and meaning, and they should be chosen carefully.

WAR ON DRUGS: FACT OR FICTION
The War on Drugs is a misnomer. It’s not a war ON drugs, but a war FOR drugs, including turf, funds, guns, barons, and banksters. Also, it’s not a WAR, but a WEB of deception, corruption, collusion, and intrusion. Like most wars, the "War on Drugs" is fake and on the take, with stashes of cash and caches of hash, and we need to be protected FROM it, not BY it. To quote the Roman satirist Juvenal, “Who will protect us from our protectors?”

PEACE & HEALTH
With a myriad of mysteries and mercies, the humane terrain of peace and health rings and reigns with sweet refrains, from the peak of the meek and the hill of the holy, down to the demonic domains and parallel hells of war and sickness in the valley of the bully and the gully of the guilty.

WHAT IS PEACE?

Illusive and elusive, peace is a paradox. It’s sought and taught, but it can’t be bought, wrought, or fought, because we polarize, politicize, weaponize, and militarize, but we don’t realize that peace is an elite retreat from conceit and deceit, not an effete defeat.