As we rise up from the primitive, is it towards
illumination or immolation?
In his essay about remembrance and responsibility, Walter Sinchak-Truax a friend and former co-worker, raises many valid points, but the most important one is the fact that nothing stands alone, everything has a cost and a consequence, a precedent and a possibility.
Everything that exists in our lives is an effect with both a cause and a cost. Every choice we make has the same power, both to create the future we decide, individually and as a nation, represents the values we want to embrace and the consequences we wish to bear. Let us hope, that going forward, it's understood that long before blood is spilled and young people die, we do have those choices and potentially, new ways to maintain what we need and consider, what is truly worth valuing.
As we look at those we love, imagining the life we'd hope to see them live, may we collectively consider new ways of being and not buy into the idea humans cannot change the paradigm of inevitable violence. That the breadth, wealth and unimaginable resources of the human spirit so tangibly demonstrated in times of crisis, may be applied preemptively and constructively, so the possibility of maintaining what we've decided is worth working for, isn't measured by another day of remembrance for lives sacrificed, but in the evidence of so much time having gone by without wars for any reason, that not one person enjoying those benefits, has suffered from such a sacrifice.
We've reached a point where human motivations can be better understood and behaviors once considered inevitable, examined as never before, to separate primitive instinct from rational response. Yet it's also a world, where everything we've accomplished, can be wiped away in the flash of a weapon or the constructed contagion of a test tube. The question then becomes, is all of mankind's progress the foundation of a new kind of future, or just a distillation of a more efficient means of destruction?
All change, even change that suggests something better, is resisted, the hard-wired primitive legacy we will either overcome, or be victims of until we do. Choices, we all get to make them and we all get to live with their consequences, the ones we choose to think are what motivates us and the absolutely undeniable ones we choose to ignore. We now live in a world where the possibility of new choices can be spread by both thought and example, by those with very little resources, something the old paradigms have never been confronted with before. Lock and load... the future.