The proverbial doom of the lessons of history hang on one essential truth:
nor do the vanquished vanish.
Our ancestors subdued all the other animals, and those that they couldn’t, they taught us to avoid. That shows how we, as a species, come to terms with the threats of life. We find a balance.
Just because we can run around the planet killing every crocodile and tiger doesn’t mean we do. Why? Because it is a waste of energy and resources, and we have learned that the fabric of our social well being will not unravel with an occasional, unfortunate loss to the fangs of hungry carnivores.
When the enemy is us, though, it seems that politicians find it ridiculously easy to treat fellow humans as children in need of harsh discipline. This despite the fact that a power’s patronizing way is exactly what they are challenging. There was never any question that we would conquer Iraq, was there? But this so-called “War On Terror” is a farce not because we are not really prepared to fight it, but because it was never possible to win it. You don’t kill the alligator; you just avoid the swamp. The morass of global politics has sharp toothed predators that an intelligent leader avoids engaging unless it is necessary to feed, clothe or house them.
Stepping into another theater, that the Democrats won Congress last year does not mean that the Republicans and so called conservatives will go into some sort of hibernation cave. They are stalking, like lionesses in the tall grass. And you know what? I’m lying in the grass as well, because I will not let my leaders turn us into a slow herd.
That is one reason I am so happy to have the quadrennial migration of presidential politics so rich and early. It gives us a chance to really evaluate the leaders and see who will really move the herd forward. The lionesses won’t eat us if they can’t catch us. How can that be a bad thing?