But in considering war, it’s important to have a clear understanding of the kind of thing we’re talking about. I invite you to read this article about drone warfare – note the vocabulary. When the drone operator kills someone for the first time, they call it “popping his cherry”, a sexual reference – losing his virginity. And the children are called “fun-sized terrorists”. Hmm.
And then the economics of war should not be overlooked. War is central to the prosperity of the United Kingdom and the United States of America. War is in our interest. To my mind, this places extra responsibility on UK and US citizens to work tirelessly, vociferously, persistently and uncompromisingly for peace. Especially as all things are connected, and climate change links in to both consumerism and war.
This is important to me. Not because I am an especially kind or compassionate individual – I’m not sure that I am; more pragmatic, really. It’s just my selfishness. On Judgment Day, what I’d dearly like to hear Jesus say is, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant”; not, “Away from me, ye cursed. I never knew you.”
And I think the part I take in caring for the Earth, in welcoming refugees, and in working for peace, feeds in to that strongly.