Salvation through Homo Sapiens or Homo Militaris?

Tarek Ali Hassan
Political and Social

Salvation through Homo Sapiens or Homo Militaris?


Since the beginning of recorded history Man and human societies explored many adaptations for ensured survival, security and dominance. One of the most important and deeply wise farsighted (sapiens) adaptations, exists in the ancient Egyptian Osirian model of non-violent interactive pluralism. That challenge model was quickly destroyed, buried and denied in favour of the much easier apparently quick-result adaptation of win/lose armed military man (Homo militaris). The advent of the all powerful, internationally dominant, and militarized Roman Empire, demonstrating the apparently wonderful rapid results of win/lose violence to the other, cruelly cut the links with virginal ancient knowledge and wisdom. Humanity was tragically doped into not seeing that win/lose violence was a momentarily a wonderfully successful adaptation, but it carried the seeds of its own destruction long term, the destruction of nature and life with it. What farsight (sapiens) was needed to realise that life in essence is a continuous interactive process between self and other and nature. If militarized destructive win/lose force is allowed within the circuit, the process of life itself commits suicide while falsely thinking it is protecting itself. 


After all the terrible lessons of history, will we choose security through greening the Earth for all life leading to equity, justice and mutual consensual contracts between all interactors on the globe, or will we shortsightedly opt for protecting illegitimate and unreasonable privilege by massive self deception bolstered with military might.


Are we going to strategically choose justice and equity as our inroads to security and safety, or are we going to give in to the rising power of cross national non-transparent economic giants and their hidden profit and power centered agendas leading inevitably to the erosion of democracy and marginalisation of the role of the people even in the oldest and most rooted democracies.


These times of danger are for the wise and far sighted a time to urgently deepen the roots and practice of democracy, equity and inalienable human rights for all. A time to review the disastrous expedient great power policy of support and  aid and weapons to the most horrendous non-representative dictatorships doing infinite harm to their own people as they were supported and bolstered by the West as long as they were sufficiently anti-Communist and delivered the goods or the oil.


At this hour of danger, will Life-loving, Earth-loving peoples everywhere fail and let this potentially rich and fertile epoch of human social evolution turn into the century of tragic relapse into well known circuits of violence and more violence tragically marking the last two centuries. Are we not demonstrating thus a blinkered determination not to learn from history especially the catastrophically tragic history of the twentieth century.


Will this epoch full of promise spiral out of control to become the century when humanity, worked up in the face of symptoms, made blind by hurt and anger to causes, is manipulated, to submit to the blatant expansion in the power and scope of non-transparent secret militaristic and quasi militaristic agencies accountable to no one. Secret Agencies enhanced and empowered without limits as the fear and mistrust of all "other" is amplified into a chronic self validating panic state justifying the abrogation of more and more powers to unaccountable bodies respecting none of the fundamental constitutional, legal or human rights so painfully arrived at through humanities long and painful march towards civilization.



Are they really protecting us?? Haven’t that approach failed abysmally already?  Or are the power hungry, money hungry agencies manipulating information and dynamics that successfully justify their existence, growth and insatiable consumption of resources and people, creating self-validating circuits turning chosen "others" into reckless sworn enemies.


With all our breathtaking advances, discoveries and technologies, will the simple discovery that security grows from interactive interdependent justice, transparency and equity continue to elude us? A clear neutral understanding of history from all opposing point of view and not from our own insular point of view alone is a prerequisite.


Are we all unable to convene an emergency continuous session meeting of the security council and general assembly to identify and iron out realistic responses to the chronic imbalance, strife and violence areas of our shrinking and threatened globe in a simple unitary-standards way and not in the glaring double standards way that has so undermined the authority of that vital organ,  in theory offering a hopeful formula for world peace and international security if only the great powers started by themselves and courageously ended the paralysing double standards syndrome. If we find the mechanisms for a world body utterly just and balanced we would have found the means to give its judgment utter respect and utter compliance.