A critical precondition for peace is that people must desire it fiercely enough to argue, fight and even die for it. This is what we all may be doing soon enough if China uses force to conquer Taiwan and the United States intervenes
ADELAIDE - One of the unfathomable mysteries of human nature is the instinct to pursue violence and war.
History is, in many respects, just one long and dismal story of seemingly endless warfare.
The motivations for this have ranged from the lust to acquire more power, lands and property, through to the desire to impose a particular religion or ideology upon others.
A necessary part of this process is the demonisation of the opponent, much as Hitler characterised the Slavic and Jewish peoples as sub-human.
It is thus deeply ironic that some Russian apologists for Putin's war in Ukraine have described Ukrainians in very much the same terms.
The war crimes committed by Russian troops in Ukraine are inspired by this type of pernicious rhetoric.
The same type of thinking motivates Papua New Guinean 'warriors' to victimise and murder innocent women for a death they cannot explain except in terms of their own irrational superstitions.
So much for the influence of the Christian faith in Papua New Guinea (or anywhere else for that matter).
I very much doubt that peace will be coming to Enga Province any time soon.
A critical precondition for peace is that people must desire it fiercely enough to argue, fight and even die for it.
This is what Ukrainians are doing now and, very probably, what we all may be doing soon enough if, as is widely believed, China means to use force to conquer Taiwan and then the United States intervenes.
While supposedly intelligent creatures, we humans all too often fall victim to our very worst impulses.
This is even while we know that the end result is unlikely to be good, or may even be disastrous, for us.
Cling onto your dreams, Daniel Kumbon, while you may, but history strongly suggests that it is your nightmares that are more likely to be fulfilled.