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Why Does War Exist?

Written by Master Charles Cannon

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You may not think of yourself as violent, but if there is no quiet in you, if there is no peace but rather a lot of noise, it can be said that there is violence inside of you.

It could be said that if we are violent within, we are at war.  In our own incessant noise, we are at war with ourselves, and the world around us is only a reflection -- a manifestation of what we are.  Since we are violent and at war within ourselves, it isn’t surprising that our world is full of violence and war.

It could be said that if we are violent within, we are at war.

It could be said that if we are violent within, we are at war. In our own incessant noise, we are at war with ourselves, and the world around us is only a reflection -- a manifestation of what we are. Since we are violent and at war within ourselves, it isn’t surprising that our world is full of violence and war.

If we’re ever going to cure the world of its violence, we’re going to have to get to the noise or the cause of that violence. So where does this noise come from? It arises from conflict. If the individual is conflicted, then all the individual’s relationships are also. If relationships are conflicted, families are conflicted. If families are conflicted, so are their communities, and conflicted communities make for conflicted nations -- which make for a conflicted world.

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The conflict, however, originates in every human being, in the noise that they generate. Conflict also implies a duality. There is you and that with which you are conflicted. You perceive this something to be outside of yourself, and it is this illusory separation that is the cause of the conflict.

And what is the primary illusion of separation and difference in human experience? In more academic circles it is referred to as the theology of separation, that human beings are separate and different from their God. You may say that doesn’t apply to you because you’re not very religious and don’t find yourself in a church or a temple or a mosque, but the theology of separation is not confined just to religion. It has become our very psychology and our sociology. It informs our morals and our ethics; the laws of our lands are all based on this theology of separation. And as long as there is separation in one, there is conflict.

If you are separate and different from your God, you are conflicted.

If you are separate and different from your God, you are conflicted. And if you are separate and different from your God, you are likewise separate and different from all and everything, which means you are separate and different from yourself -- from your soul and from your body. And thus you are separate and different from each other and from everyone and everything, and it is this separation that creates the conflict, that creates the noise, the violence, and ultimately the war.

 

 

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About the Author

Master Charles Cannon

Master Charles Cannon

Master Charles Cannon is a modern spiritual teacher, founder of Synchronicity Foundation for Modern Spirituality, and developer of the High-Tech Meditation and Holistic Lifestyle experience. His work over the past 40 years has helped transform the lives of millions worldwide who respect him as one of the truly innovative spiritual teachers of our time.