How to start a war 101

So you want to start a war? You came to the right place. Here we will explain how you can create your very own war.

“Why can’t we just get all along” the hippie might say.

The answer? As to many Questions on this blog, Identities and survival. The big warmongerers of history of course understood this very well. In fact, they used it to their advantage!

1. Creating a collective identity

Think of Hitler and his followers. Hitler was a very clever man when it comes to creating a big following. To be Nazi one has to adapt a whole behavior pattern that comes with it. You have to dress a certain way, act a certain way, yes even speak a certain way. And of course, most importantly, have a common enemy. This creates unity and comradery, an “us vs them” mentality. Only if this is achieved, only if a clear split is made between who we are and who they are, war can happen.

But this is not something new. The great kings of the middle ages already understood this very well. They used religion to unite people of different cultures under one common Identity.

2. Make people afraid

Now that people see themselves as part of the collective identity you created, you can start to create a threat to their identity. Those Jews, those communists, those barbarians, those black people” they “steal our jobs, threaten our security, try to change our system”.

3. Survival instinct kicks in

Now that people have identified with the collective identity you created for them and now that it is under threat from “those people”, the next step is simply to sit, wait, and watch how people are going to do everything in their power to defend their identities

4. Enjoy your war

Now people will riot and beg you to go to war. It almost seems like it’s their idea.

Enjoy your war! 🙂

Pro tip: This strategy can be applied in many different avenues. Men vs. Woman, Gay vs. Straight, Religious vs. Atheist, etc.

Good luck and have fun!

Survival

Everything we do is based on one simple principle. We are trying to survive. This might seem simple at the beginning but it really goes much deeper than that. All our opinions, all our judgments, all our actions, and our complete morality has one ultimate goal. Survive.

But how can this be? Here are 3 questions that may come up to this bold claim:

1. How am I surviving when I start watching Netflix?

To understand this we need to understand what we are trying to survive. We are trying to survive the ego that we have constructed for ourselves. Watching Netflix might be a coping mechanism that we learned to avoid dangers like studying for school. Since we have learned that studying might imply suffering.

2. How am I surviving when I Insult someone?

To know ourselves we need to know what is other. Many people try to reaffirm their identity by pointing out everything that they are not. Some may point at poor or lazy people and rant about them, just to make sure that everyone (and they themself) knows how hard working they are. This is just the ego’s reaction to things it cannot admit about itself. In fact, studies show that homophobic people are more attracted to homosexual porn than the average person.

3. How am I surviving when I am smoking cigarettes?

This is an odd one. We obviously know that smoking is bad for our health, same with eating sweets. So why would that be a survival mechanism? It is important to understand here that, again survival doesn’t mean the physical survival of our bodies. We have habits that are so intrinsic to our identity that letting go of them would feel like a small death, we would lose a part of ourselves. With things like eating sweets another factor comes into play, we have been conditioned for millions of years that high caloric foods are “good” for us, so our taste buds have evolved to make those foods taste good.

Conclusion

We see now that survival involves more than just running away from obvious dangers. In fact, what our minds have labeled as dangers might be the things that most benefit our physical survival. Survival is really the base motivation of all things in existence since if it cannot survive, it wouldn’t be here.