Dalai Lama Shares Hard Hitting Words About War & Mass Brainwashing

In the wake of the brutal London terror attack that left 4 dead and 40 injured, a moment of introspection on the nature of war and violence is due.
Luckily, the Dalai Lama has written extensively on this subject, including the relationship between mass-brainwashing and war.
In one piece titled “The Reality of War,” the renown Buddhist monk elaborates on this deadly phenomenon:
Of course, war and the large military establishments are the greatest sources of violence in the world. Whether their purpose is defensive or offensive, these vast powerful organizations exist solely to kill human beings. We should think carefully about the reality of war.
Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous – an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that war is criminal or that accepting it is criminal attitude.
In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering.
Our misguided cultural perceptions of war help us justify, in our minds, the brutality of this ancient practice.
As the Dalai Lama points out, military combat is often portrayed as glamorous, helping young men justify self-sacrificial acts like terrorism.
Just as Islamic propaganda can convince a terrorist to end his life, governmental propaganda can be used to enlist tens of thousands youths to fight foreign wars on false premises.
No greater example of this exists than the war in Iraq that was started on a lie and ended with thousands of dead American soldiers and over a million Iraqi civilian fatalities.
The Dalai Lama continues:
Modern warfare waged primarily with different forms of fire, but we are so conditioned to see it as thrilling that we talk about this or that marvelous weapon as a remarkable piece of technology without remembering that, if it is actually used, it will burn living people. War also strongly resembles a fire in the way it spreads.
If one area gets weak, the commanding officer sends in reinforcements. This is throwing live people onto a fire. But because we have been brainwashed to think this way, we do not consider the suffering of individual soldiers. No soldiers want to be wounded or die.
None of his loved ones wants any harm to come to him. If one soldier is killed, or maimed for life, at least another five or ten people – his relatives and friends – suffer as well. We should all be horrified by the extent of this tragedy, but we are too confused.
He uses the term “brainwash”, which is an important distinction: it requires a fundamental misdirection of our own mental capacities to overlook the obvious brutality of war.
Indeed, it is this brainwashing that grants dictators the power to organize and use soldiers in the first place:
No matter how malevolent or evil are the many murderous dictators who can currently oppress their nations and cause international problems, it is obvious that they cannot harm others or destroy countless human lives if they don’t have a military organisation accepted and condoned by society.
Those who command armies often do so with the consent of the governed. At what point does following orders take a back seat to following one’s own moral compass?
The value of human life is often taken for granted, but as the Dalai Lama points out:
We should feel fed up with the violence and killing going on around us. If a human being is killed by an animal, it’s sad, but if a human being is killed by another human being it’s unthinkable.
We have to make a special effort to think of each other as fellow human beings, as our brothers and sisters.

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