A World at War with Itself

At the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, it is a good time to reflect upon where we are all going as a civilisation and what we might plausibly achieve to inhibit, interdict or halt the possibility of any similar global catastrophes from ever occurring again.

This is a powerful and haunting image of brave young men throwing themselves into a horror of carnage and death on a Normandy beach in what does not really seem like such a long time ago. This week marked the 75th anniversary of the D-Day, when the tide of war in Europe turned against Nazi Germany and the authoritarian regime of Adolph Hitler. What can we say of a world and global civilisation that endlessly staggers and stumbles from one self-inflicted catastrophe to another? It is a strange and disconcerting fact that, beyond the random opportunism of those charismatic, lucky or forceful personalities who have percolated their way into positions of persuasion or influence throughout history, all of these conflicts regarding who has the best way of running the world are all based in a logical fallacy. There is no single, certain or most efficient way for humanity to be organised; there is no unified structure or system that can ever provide all the answers or solutions to every possible contingency which arises; there is no single psychological, economic or ideological answer to the problems we all face. In the impossibility of unity there shines a light of opportunity as it is precisely in this logical antinomy that the solution also resides; indefinite systemic extensibility is the master key and tool through which we might improve and optimise our world. It is the orators and populists in all of their inflammatory and generally simplistic rhetoric who have captured the imagination of so many through the aggregate and implicit psychological vulberabilities that human being possess; it is the self-interest of those few that inhibits the best interest of us all.

When we look at the big picture and a gestalt overview of global human history and civilisation – all wars are civil wars. The question: are we collectively mature and intelligent enough to adapt and evolve into less dissonant and adversarial self-organisational solutions, or is this competitive belligerence hard-wired into the self-replication of information and logical metamorphosis that we all (only very briefly) embody while we are alive?

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