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Does the eonic effect suggest any answers?//Why We Fight Wars – The Chronicle of Higher Education

May 31st, 2017 · No Comments

The answer to our question is in fact unclear but suggests one aspect: men fight wars as acts of will and motivation, not genetic markers…

Surely the question of genetic determinism deserves its leftist critique in the debate discussed here, eschewing absolutes, but the overall question of violence remains intractable, as indeed seems clear from the contrasting confusions, and some clarity, of these two books.
Lost in the discussion is the thematic question of fighting wars for intrinsic historical reasons. And this is caught up in a mysterious dialectic of opposites: men develop aims and fight wars to accomplish them. Others fight wars for geopolitical and imperial reasons which are not demonstrably genetically motivated…
We must note the contradictory pattern of the eonic effect which produced a religion of peace in buddhism with a later hidden degeneration and the birth of the ‘jihad’ in early Israelitism (surely a distortion of eonic history in our sense). the modern reformation was hardly the result of genetic determinism.
We hope that the question of war is in principle resolvable, but we can’t condemn humanity to an unjust fate in the name of non-violence.
We have hedged with the eonic effect: we can only look at correlations, rather than macrohistorical causes: wars can arise when history is on the move, but it can be a side effect of declining civilizations reaching a degenerate outcome…

Source: Why We Fight Wars – The Chronicle of Higher Education

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