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Thursday, September 13, 2001

Another thing I've been thinking about is the goals of war. War is so different these days because land is not the most important thing anymore. When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, they were actually trying to take over the world. These days, having too much land can be as much a burden as a blessing. Generally the only land that is fought over now is small patches like Jeruselem or bits of Ireland, both having heavy religious significance. Other wars generally aren't grabs for territory, and territory is only incidental to the war over Ireland. So what are the goals of modern warfare? I'm not sure. Maybe religious supremacy. Maybe for power in some form or another. Maybe money. Money is as powerful an asset as land once was. I don't know, but religion always seems to figure so prominently in the hatred of one people for another. Islam vs. Christian, Catholic vs. Protestant, etc. I wonder what we would fight over if there was no religion. Would we fight less? I guess it's time for me again to revisit the roots of my beliefs. Though I have occasionally identified with various types of pagans, I've not even found those experiences satisfying. I truly believe that all religion is an evil that separates us and gives us another way to determine us vs. them. It's not that I don't believe that there are forces greater than us in the universe, or that there may be some cosmic plan. I just think that religion is separate from that and an evil on this earth.

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