Wednesday, 11 September 2019

On Wars and Civilization

The major wars are events in which nations test the strength of their politics, culture, and economy. In the last 2500 years, there has not been a single generation (I take a generation as 60 years) in any nation that has not experienced one or more wars. The wars result in massive death and destruction and no sane person would want them, but the question is—could modern civilization have evolved if humanity had not been engaged in an endless series of wars?

I think the wars have a natural role to play in human history—their purpose is to destroy the ineffective regimes and free humanity from the decadent political, intellectual, and religious establishments. By favoring the strong, moral, and competent, and destroying the weak, wicked, and incompetent, the wars engineer a sort of Darwinian evolution of society—they ensure the survival of the fittest regimes and intellectual establishments, and cull the weak and foolish; this leads to a continuous improvement in the scope of civilization.

By cleansing this planet at regular intervals of dysfunctional regimes and intellectual establishments, the wars create space for better ideas in philosophy, politics, and science to take root. If humanity stopped fighting wars, the march of civilization will come to an end.


Anonymous said...

I would agree that war serves a purpose, many purposes. And I agree with your proposition about the ideas, culture, etc. with tha caveat that more rigid cultures and virulent and violent not necessarily evolved or enlightened cultures can prevail. Islam has a lot of rectitude and they have prevailed over
a great deal of the world and the world has had little affect on Islam other than making it more organized and efficient. My book Desert Leopards proposes a mystical reformation of Islam. Mystical because so far reformation attempts have been unsuccessful and put down with great violence. Until Islam can be self aware and makes the changes necessary, they will continue to be successful in invading and converting by force other societies. I love reading your posts. I have no real training in philosophy, only interest and enjoy the elevated discussion between you and your other followers. Nikki Grace

Anoop Verma said...

@Nikki Grace, good to know about your book Desert Leopards. The subject is interesting.