Have you ever done someone a favor? Those of you who haven't, slap yourselves; you'll have done all of us a favor.
Those of you who have, keep reading. A favor, in the sense I'm using here, is an abstract noun referring to a certain benevolent act or set of acts. What's benevolence? "Well-wishing", or being kind. The opposite of course is malevolence, or "bad-wishing". These are Latin roots, and of course another word we get in this trip down etymology lane is malicious, which I'm sure you've all heard said in reference to a person's actions or disposition. Provide your own definition.
So, what's war? Organized
malicious/malevolent acts in order to destroy/destabilize a certain
power structure. So what's the opposite of war, then? It sure as hell
ain't peace. Isn't it organized benevolent
acts for the purpose of ensuring greater stability between certain
power structures? Peace is just what we do in the meantime. It's a long
line, a continuum of human interaction. On one side is violent anarchy,
selfish bigotry, fascism, separatism, racism, se*xism, isolationism, World War, and total buggery. On the other is baking cookies for your neighbors, picking up the trash without being asked to, Red Nose Day, the parking meter fairy**, wikipedia, textbook socialism, direct democracy and a host of other pleasant things.
Where are you on this line?
"War and Peace". I never read it. I'm sure it had an "important"
lesson. I'm sure that I learned that lesson in kindergarten, minus the
*Section II, cf. "community of women."
**Sadly, picture not in the public domain.
- This would have been longer, but from personal experience no one can ever tolerate my invectives into culture for very long.