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On another forum I came across a piece which was discussing respect for veterans, people who had been in the military. It’s a forum with a vast majority of American members, and you’re probably aware of prevailing attitudes over there.
I was unable to resist commenting that “if everybody just refused to fight, then wars would die out tomorrow across the globe. In a way, military service is crazy. Killing another human being is morally a huge decision, and by becoming a soldier in an army you are giving away your power to decide who or what to kill”.
The answer to that from another forum member was, “so you’re against national armies even if they are only for defence?” Which I have to say gave me pause for a moment. But I do stand by it, it’s one of the precepts not to kill and if everybody followed the precepts the world would be a better place.
It sometimes just makes me wonder about the rest of the humans on this planet... how do you think about this topic?