Whom Am I Fighting
The primary result of fighting, as in war, is the loss of human life with devastating and irreversible outcomes, altering the future for generations to come.
Homo sapiens have migrated to all parts of the earth. With the passing of thousands of years, the isolation between the various groups of humanity gave birth to different cultures exhibiting independent behaviors, belief systems, and even the development of dissimilar physical features. With communication between them near to or completely nil, there existed minimal or no influence upon each other, resulting in growing divergences between the developing nations.
There are three major reasons why people fight: theft or greed, intolerance, and religious zeal. Fighting often occurs when one group takes something of value from another group; fighting can also be the result of one people’s strong intolerance of another people due to their physical differences such as nose, eyes, or skin color. And finally, faith and belief systems by which lives are conducted frequently prove to be catalysts for aggression, leading to war, when misinterpreted or absolutely refused the right to exist by another group with a differing belief system.
Our book, The Black Angel of the Lord, involves all three motives for fighting among men. First, the powerful nation of Assyria believes they have the right to dominate and control other nations, taking what they deem is rightfully theirs. Second, the Nubians, who live in a land stricken with drought, become vulnerable to manipulation and are eager to accept the idea that a strange and treacherous people, who look unlike themselves, caused the drought and the deaths of their loved ones. And third, the Hebrew people believe so strongly in their one true God that nothing will alter their faith.
As the three realms meet, a tremendous battle ensues. Thousands of lives are lost. A nation’s faith is challenged, and the consequences will determine the path of history.
That was 2700 years ago and yet, we continue to fight wars to this very day. .
If we took time to communicate, to understand other people and their beliefs, would we still be fighting? Is there no alternative to war?